Everything You Need to Know About the Tibet Travel Permit

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Are you planning to visit Tibet this year? If so, you’re in for an exciting journey, especially if adventure is what you seek. Tibet is a top destination for hikers and trekkers eager to explore stunning landscapes and ancient territories with views of the Himalayas. When you choose to travel with us, we guarantee a smoother and more enjoyable experience. We take care of all the details for you—including obtaining the Tibet travel permit—for a worry-free trip.

At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, we have over 23 years of experience as a local travel agency in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. As locals, we have unmatched knowledge and expertise in arranging different itineraries and adventures in Tibet, including trekking, mountain biking, train, peak climbing, family adventure, and winter tours. We are known to provide the most personalized services courtesy of our seasoned, educated, and well-trained staff. You can definitely count on us whether you need help planning your trip or getting the necessary Tibet travel permit.

What is the Tibet travel permit?

The Tibet travel permit is one of the most important documents to possess in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), alongside the Chinese visa. This permit will allow you to get around and visit the places in your itinerary.

The travel permit in Tibet is an official two-page document that contains the following information:

  • Page 1: Details about you, the tourist
  • Page 2: An outline of your itinerary

The Tibetan Tourism Bureau is the only authority that can approve your itinerary. We advise planning your trip and obtaining your Tibet travel permit ahead of time because not everyone can alter their travel plans once they are set. Generally, the permit is issued within 15 to 20 days. However, processing times may vary, especially during local festivals or when the Tourism Bureau is closed for holidays.

Applying for the permit

Before you get the Tibet travel permit, you need a valid passport and a Chinese visa. If you don’t have these documents, you can apply for them from your home country.

Are you entering Tibet from Nepal? If yes, then you’ll need a Chinese group visa from Kathmandu. Don’t hesitate to ask us for tips and advice! We’ll walk you through the process to eliminate your guesswork and ensure a stress-free experience.

Once your Chinese visa is ready, send us a clear photo or a scan of the passport page with the visa page and your photo, and we’ll take it from there. We’ll need these pages to apply for the Tibet travel permit on your behalf.

When your permit is ready, we’ll provide the original document if you’re flying to Tibet. If you’re traveling by train, we’ll send a clear copy you can print and use for boarding. Be sure to carry it with you throughout your trip. If you’re coming from Nepal, be sure to have your Chinese group visa and meet our guide at the airport to secure your Tibet travel permit.

You might need more than one permit!

Depending on where you are going, you might need two or more permits to get around in Tibet. But you don’t have to worry about that because we’ll take care of everything for you. Here are the types of permits that you might need for your trip:

Tibet travel permit

This is the main permit for your trip. We ensure you receive the original permit if you are flying or taking a train from mainland China to Tibet. We can mail the permit to your hotel before your departure to Tibet or send it to the airport, where you’ll catch a connecting flight to Lhasa.

If you’re traveling from Nepal, you only need a copy of your permit. We’ll arrange for a guide to meet you at the border or airport with your original documents if you’re traveling overland.

Alien travel permit

Besides the Tibet travel permit, you will need an alien travel permit if you are traveling to:

  • The East of Tsedang to Samye, Ranwu Lake, or Basum Lake
  • The Everest region or to the West, including Ngari, Kailash, and Gyirong
  • Shalu or Sakya monasteries near Shigatse

Don’t worry because our team will arrange everything for you when you arrive in Tibet. The Alien Travel Permit can be obtained only in Tsedang, Shigatse, or Gyantse, depending on your travel plans, so we cannot secure it in advance. Rest assured; we only need 1-2 hours to get one.

Military Permit

Some areas require a Military Permit, especially if they border other countries. If you’re traveling to the Gyirong border between Nepal and Tibet, Mount Kailash, Ngari, Guge Kingdom, and Manasarovar Lake, we’ll arrange the necessary paperwork to get this document for you.

Getting the Tibet travel permit and other necessary documents will be a breeze when you travel with us. Allow Tibet Shambhala Adventure to take care of your trip for a worry-free adventure. Call +86 13908907271 or send us a message here.

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