Tibet Group Visa – Travel Tibet from Nepal

05 April 2016 Last updated at 17:14

Tibet Group Visa, also called Group Visa is a must document, along with Tibet Entry Permit used for tourists planning to enter Tibet from Nepal. As a special Chinese Visa, the Tibet Group Visa is valid for mainland China visit as well. After you finishing your Tibet tour, you can use the same Group Visa to extend your trip into other destinations of China. If you have such plan, we can apply for your Group Visa in the maximum validity.

How to apply for Tibet Group Visa

The travel agency you booked tour with will apply for a Tibet Group Visa on your behalf at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. And tourists are not allowed to apply the Group Visa in person directly. Also you are not required to show up in the embassy.

Documents you should submit

● Your original passport

● A completed Visa Application Form with your signature and bareheaded photo attached

Application Procedure

By booking with us, you will find what we do for you to get Group Visa in organized steps, including:

  1. Send us a scan copy of your passport. With our assistance, you work out a detailed travel itinerary in Tibet and China;
  2. We write a Invitation Letter to get a Group Visa number;
  3. Meanwhile, our office in Tibet starts to apply your Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit(TTB Permit);
  4. Our office in Tibet get your TTB Permit and send scan copies of TTB Permit and Invitation letter to our office in Kathmandu;
  5. Our staffs in Kathmandu take your original passport, scan copies of Invitation Letter and TTB Permit to apply your Group Visa in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu;
  6. Our staffs in Kathmandu will bring Group Visa to your hotels.

Tibet Group Visa Fee

After the application, you can get your Group Visa within several days. According to your needs, there are three kinds of services to choose how long to get your Group Visa priced differently in different nations.

Group Visa fee (Single Entry)Normal (3 working days)Urgent (2 working days)Top Urgent (1 working day)
American Passport Holder USD 145 USD 160 USD 180
Other Nationality USD 55 USD 70 USD 90

Notes: The working day refers from Monday to Friday, except holidays.

Chinese Visa or Tibet Group Visa

Deciding what kind of visa to apply for and meet your need, you may firstly figure out the difference between them.

Entry into Tibet: travel Tibet from Nepal, a Group Visa is compulsorily needed to apply. If you travel from China inland city, you should need a Chinese Visa, or even without a visa if you are the citizen from Chinese Visa exempted countries (Singapore, Brunei and Japan) to stay in china within 15 days.

Period of validity: Group Visa has the validity from 30 to 60 days theoretically and can’t be extended in China. But in practice, the valid time is depending on your length of booked tour; while a Chinese Visa with different types has a different validity from 30 to 90 days, depending on your nationality. For instance, American passport holders with L visa, the duration is from 30 to 60 days. What’s more, Chinese Visa can be extended at least once for an additional 30 days.

Time to stay in China: according to the validity, there is a biggest difference that Group Visa with limited duration for you to plan your Tibet & China tour tightly. Differently, Chinese Visa is quite flexible for tourists stay much longer in China.

Top Concerned Questions about Tibet Travel Permit

  • 1. Why need permit to travel Tibet?

    Tibet as one part of China has unique political climate making it different from the rest regions. Therefore, a valid passport and Chinese Visa are no enough to visit Tibet. And a package of Tibet Travel Permits is needed for foreigners to visit here.
  • 2. Who needs Tibet Travel Permit?

    Only foreign passport holders (including overseas Chinese without Chinese Passport) and visitors from Taiwan to Tibet need to apply for a visa, citizens of the mainland and SAR passport holders from Hong Kong and Macao do not need to apply. Note: Diplomats, Journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to visit Tibet as Tourists and also can’t issue their Tibet permit through ordinary travel agencies.
  • 3. Can I obtain my Tibet Permits on arrival of Tibet?

    Most of permits for travel to Tibet must be obtained before enter Tibet, excepting the Aliens’ Tourist Permit (PSB permit). For instance the Tibet Entry Permit (TTB permit), there are check points sited on airports and train stations to check this permit before you getting aboard to Tibet. Without a TTB permit, you can never catch your train/flight heading to Tibet. Also If enter a restricted area without the proper permit, you can be fined, detained and deported.
  • 4. How to apply for Tibet Travel Permit?

    By visiting Tibet, foreigners need to book a Tibet tour with travel agency, who will help you to apply for Tibet Permits and other tour service provided. All you need to do are sending your scanning copy of your valid passport and Chinese visa 10-15 days before your visit, with personal info attached, including your name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth, occupation, etc. With all truly necessary documents supplied to us by email, we’ll offer you all-in-one Tibet Tour without worries.
  • 5. How long can I get the Tibet Travel Permit?

    Generally it takes three days to approve a TTB permit with completed documents. And if your itinerary including Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash or Nyingchi Prefecture, the time to get approved will be extend a couple of days. When you get the permits, it may take another 2-4 days to express delivery. With more details, please check Tibet Permit FAQs.

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