Aliens’ Travel Permit – A Must for Travel Outside Lhasa
As you may know, Tibet Travel Permit is a must for Tibet entry. However, traveling outside Lhasa requires another permit, namely Aliens' Travel Permit. Do not worry about its application. Once book a Tibet tour package with us, your tour guide will get all those done for you and you can just focus on sightseeing. If you are still wondering how the Aliens’ Travel Permit is processed, please keep reading the following information.
Issued by Tibetan local Public Security Bureau, Tibet Travel Permit is also known as the PSB permit and can be easily applied in Lhasa, Shigatse, Nyingchi, or other prefectures through your travel agent in China. While if trying to visit beyond Lhasa without the PSB permit, you will be stopped by local police and failed to continue your further travel in Tibet.
How to Apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit?
Unlike other permits, Aliens’ Travel Permit is applied after you entering Tibet. Once in Tibet, your tour guide is required to retain the original copy of Tibet Travel Permit and your Passport to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit on behalf of you, only if your itinerary includes the areas mentioned above. Do not worry about the application of your Aliens’ Travel Permit. With an easy procedure, your tour guide will serve you and get all procedures done, usually taking only about 30 minutes, and the commission fee and service fee are already included in your Tibet Tour package, so you can just focus on sightseeing.
Which Areas Require the Aliens' Travel Permit?
Presently, only Lhasa and eastern region of Nagqu are opened to foreigners with Tibet Travel Permit, and all other areas are regarded as unopened areas for foreigners. Aliens’ Travel Permit as one of the essential document is a must to visit them, including:
- Chamdo Region
- Shigatse Area: including Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest & Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery, etc.
- Gyangtse County: including Palcho Monastery &its Kubum Stupa, etc.
- Shannan Region: including Samye Monastery, Changdruk Temple, Yumbulagang Palace, Tomb of Tibetan King, etc.
- Nyingchi Region: including Basum Lake, Pomi, Rawu, etc.
- Ngari Region: including Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, etc.
How to Plan A Tibet Tour
Tibet is a place with majestic landscapes and splendid culture. There might be hundreds of ways to travel Tibet, especially its most appealing destinations - Lhasa, Everest, Namtso, Kailash, etc. We suggest you start your tour from the capital Lhasa. You can take 3~4 days to acclimatize high altitudes and explore the highlights of Lhasa city. Then you can spend 1~2 days to visit Lhasa's surroundings, such as Namtso, Yamdrok Lake, Ganden Monastery, etc. Beside Lhasa and its surrounding regions, you shall not miss the 3rd pole of the earth, Mt Everest, which is no longer a privilege site for just mountaineers and spending 3~4 more days to explore it. Later, you can head back to Lhasa or go further to the south via Gyirong to Nepal and have a Nepal Tour and a Bhutan Tour, or continue your journey to the west to reach Ngari and kora around the holy Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. It totally depends on your schedules and preferences.
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Thanks for your question. Currently you can fly from Lhasa to Ngari, but you can't directly leave Tibet for Nepal from Nepal-China borders because all borders are closed due to earthquakes. You have to drive or fly back to Lhasa, and leave China from other cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, etc.