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Different tours need different permits, such as TTB permit, allian travel permit, border pass, etc. We, based in Lhasa, have the most useful information and updated news about Tibet permits, and have managed to help thousands of clients to get Tibet permits in the past a few years. Which tibet permit you need to obtain, and how to apply for? Here is the most useful tips.

Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Entry Permit)

What is Tibet Visa

Tibet Visa, or Tibet Entry Permit, is foremost and compulsory for foreign passport holders to enter Tibet. Issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, it is also called TTB permit. Without the permit, you can’t board a flight or train to Tibet or cross overland from Nepal, also will not be able to get other permits to continue to travel Tibet further.

Who Has to Carry a Tibet Entry Permit?

● Non-Chinese passport holders - US citizens, UK citizens, Australians, Canadians, Germans, etc.

● The Taiwan tourists, who do not have the valid identity card of China;

● The overseas Chinese, who do not have Chinese passport or ID card.

Note: Hong Kong and Macau Citizens can visit Tibet without Tibet permit.

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How to get Tibet Visa

According to policy of Tibet Tourism Bureau, traveler can not apply the Tibet Travel Permit on his(her) own. He(she) has to book tour service from a certificated agency, and let the agency apply the permit.

  1. 1. Work out a detailed itinerary in Tibet and contact a China travel agency.
  2. 2. Hire a tour guide and driver for your every day tour(your travel agency will arrange for you).
  3. 3. Send scanned copies of your valid passport and China visa to your China travel agency.
  4. 4. Offer an available address in China(hotel or local agency) to receive your permit.
  5. 5. Your travel agency apply for and obtain Tibet Travel Permit in Lhasa.
  6. 6. Your travel agency express the permit to you, or let a tour guide give it to you at airport or train station before your trip.
  7. Note: Above policy doesn't apply to diplomats, journalists, media photographer or government officials.

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Extra Tibet Permits for Foreign Travelers

In addition to Tibet Entry Permit, you may need some other extra supporting documents, if you want to travel further places outside of Lhasa, including Alien’s Travel Permit, Border Permit and Military Permit. Different Tibet tours need different permits. If you travel Tibet from Nepal, you should firstly have a Tibet Group Visa, instead of Chinese Visa provided to make all your Tibet permits approved.

  • Alien’s Travel Permit

    Issued by Tibetan Local Public Security Bureau, it also called PSB Permit and used for foreign tourists who travel beyond Lhasa to other prefectures, like Shigatse, Tsetang, Nyingchi, Ngari, etc. And it is the only permit that will be applied through tour guide after you enter Tibet by using your original passport.

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  • Military Permit

    Military Permit is applied to foreign tourists to visit the military sensitive areas, such as Ngari and Nyingchi prefectures or overland from/to Yunnan, Qinghai, etc. With such a requirement in your tour itinerary, you may inform us 15~20 days before your leaving for Tibet. Therefore, we will arrange the permit for you in advance.

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  • Border Permit

    By visiting the border areas of Tibet, like Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Basum Lake and more attractions, a Border Permit should be applied though travel agency before you entering Tibet. Besides, if you travel overland from Nepal or getting off your flight from Kathmandu, it is needed as well.

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  • Group Visa from Nepal

    Traveling Tibet from Nepal, you must have a Tibet Group Visa (Group Visa). Issued by Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, you will apply for it under the help of local tour guide. As a special Chinese Visa, it is not only used for your Tibet Tour also apply to your other destination visit of inland China under its validity.

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Tibet Permit Worry-free Travel with Tibet Discovery

As a local Tibet travel agency, we have much more advantages than other agencies on applying Tibet Travel Permit, because we can easily know the latest news about the permit policy changing, and react quickly. So we obtain the permit for you, and you only need to focus on your travel. We know the permit is only the key to Tibet, and what you concern most is the travel itself. So we have designed many valuable Tibet tour packages for you to choose including private tours, group tours, etc. All of our tour packages are customizable.

Design a Trip of Your Own

Prefer to tailor a trip that totally suits your budget and interests? That's what we are good at most. Tell us your requirements, like the destinations you want to visit, the favorite pace of travel, things you want to experience and the time you want to stay or any other ideas you have, one of our passionate and professional travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs.

Recommended Private Tibet Tour Packages

Tibet has too much to offer. And our aim is to bring you the best experience in Tibet. Following are some other recommended Tibet tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our Tibet tour packages are customizable to meet your personal requirements. You can also contact us to customize a trip if you want or check more Tibet Tours>

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Questions & Discussions

Following are latest questions and answers from our webusers and customers. You can learn many useful information from the discussion and cases. You can also join in the discussions or ask your own question. Our experts will help you ASAP.

Work transfer
Good day
I trust you are well,
I would like to get information on what paperwork I will be needing, my plan is to transfer with the company that I am workin for to America from South Africa I will be staying with my uncle that is currently living in America, I would like to know also how the working visa works.
Thank you and kind regards
2018-11-15 05:50
El visado de China para entrar al Tibet es de una entrada o de dos
El visado de China para poder entrar enTibet debe ser de una o de dos entradas?
2018-05-28 17:58
Hi, Santiago,
Thanks for your inquiry.
The Chinese Tourist Visa is a Multiple Entry "L" Visa. If you plan to travel to Tibet from mainland China, you need to obtain the Tibet Entry Permit (or called TTB Permit), an essential Single Entry document. It is needed when you board train/flight to Tibet. If you will travel to Tibet from Nepal, you should get a Group Visa, which is a single entry visa. The Group Visa requires all tour members in and out in the same port and time.
Hope the information helps. Enjoy your Tibet Travel and have a nice day!
permit extend
is it possible to extend your permit when you get Lhasa?
2017-08-15 19:55
Dear Bruce,

Thanks for your message. The Tibet permit can't be extended. Travelers have to entry and leave Tibet exactly as the date issued on the permit.
Stopover in Lhasa
I am Canadian and my friend is Swiss. We are about to book a flight from Chengdu to Kathmandu but it has a very short (1 or 2 hour) layover in Lhasa. Do we by any chance need some sort of visa or permit to transfer in the airport? I am assuming not, but better safe than sorry!
Thanks for your help! :)
2017-05-16 14:16
Dear Leah,

Thanks for your question. If you don't have to change to another flight during your stopover in Lhasa, you don't need to have a Tibet Permit(Visa). If you have to change to another flight in Lhasa, you will have to have a permit. So you'd better check seriously and book a flight without plane changing.
Tibet permit
Hi, if we engage tibet local tour & apply the permit on behalf on us
How will yoy send the permit to us? Are u able book the train to us from Chengdu or Xinning too as we understand ww need tibet permit for booking train. Tq
2017-04-07 02:17
Hello Elynn,

Thanks for your question. If you travel with us, we will apply for the Tibet Permit for you. Once we get the permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau, we will mail it to your hotel in China. You can also come to our branch-office in Chengdu to take it. Yes, we can book tickets of trains to Lhasa from Chengdu and Xining. And you don't need the original copy of Tibet Permit if you take a train to Lhasa from Chengdu or Xining. Currently, you can book train tickets on dates 30 days before your departing date. The train tickets are often in short supply, so you'd better confirm your trip plan as soon as possible. If you have any other question, feel free to contact us.

Have a nice day!
tibet visa
hi i am planning a trip to china probably next year , visiting xian and then i want to visit lhasa. do i need to apply tibet visa first and then apply china visa. i am confused how to apply for tibet visa before china visa. i am an australian citizen
2017-04-04 08:08
Dear Kinjal,

Thanks for your question. If you want to travel to Tibet, you need a China visa firstly. With a China visa, you are able to get the Tibet Permit which is a must to travel to Tibet. Tibet permit can only be applied by travel agency. If you travel with us, just send us your passport and China visa 20 days in advance, and we will apply for the permit for you.

Best Regards!
Hi i would be travelling from sg. i understand that I could take a train transfer from mainland . Other than Xining to Tibet, where are to other place to transfer in. and i understand that i have to join a tour. will there be any pick up from the train station? thank you
2017-02-28 08:20
Hello Renne,

Thanks for your message. It's a good idea to take a train to Tibet because you can not only save money, but also can enjoy amazing high plateau landscapes along the railway. Other than the Xining, you can also take a train to Tibet from Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Langzhou. I think Chengdu is a great option. As you know there are a lof flights connecting Chengdu and Singapore. And yes, if you book our tour package, you will be warmly wecomed at the Lhasa Train Station by our tour guide in Lhasa. We have private and customizable tour packages, also budget group tours, all of which can take you to explore the best highlights of Tibet. Feel free to ask us questions.

Best regards,
visit tibet
I'm a singaporean . Would like to visit tibet on apirl 2017. travelling with my china friend . But i know i need to apply for a visa . Can i visit without a tour guide?
2017-01-04 09:50
Hello Kenny,

Thanks for your question. April is a good month to visit Tibet. And yes, you have to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Visa) which can only by applied by Tibet travel agency. On the other hand, you have to hire a local tour guide accompanying with you according to local policy.
overland from kathmandu to lhasa
Are all the border points suitable for an overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa closed at the moment? When they will be open again? Specially Kiyrong border.
2016-07-05 17:13
Hi Nicolò,

Thanks for your message. So far, all the borders are not open yet for tourists. The Zhangmu border was closed for earthquake. The Kiyrong(Jilong) border is supposed to open soon but a collapse damaged the road from Kathmandu to Kiyrong. We believe it won't take long time to open. So please wait patiently. The most recommended solution currently is to get into Tibet from other cities in China, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, etc.
Travelling from Shenzhen
We are two European citizens, with a business Chinese Visa, We want to travel to Tibet on October during National Holidays,
We would like to know if the tours are in group or they can be booked for just the two of us.
We would also like to know which is the best way to travel to Tibet from Shenzhen and whether it is a good time for visiting it.

2016-06-15 13:19
Hi Marta,

Thanks for your message. We can provide you both private tour package and group tour package. If you choose private tour, you can customize the trip to your specific needs and go leisurely and flexibly. If you choose a group tour, you will travel with other group members(max 12 pax) at a lower price.

October is good time to visit Tibet as the peak season for Tibet travel. It may be a little crowding during National Holiday but not as much as in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, etc. You can take a flight from Shenzhen to Lhasa with stopover in Kunming, Chongqing, or Xian. You can also get to Chengdu, Xian or Beijing, then transfer to Lhasa by flight or train.

Last, please tell us the specific Chinese Visa you are holding. Because only several Business visa allow you to travel to Tibet. To help deal with your plan quickly, I have delivered your plan to our sales team. One travel specialist will reach you as soon as possible.

Have a nice day!
Travelling to Lhasa independently
Im european and would like to arrange my own flights, and hotel bookings during my 3days Lhasa visit. Would it be possible to only hire your services for applying the TTB on my behalf, and whatever else is the minimum required by the local laws, which please clarify for my better understanding
2016-06-13 14:27
Hi Stef,

Thanks for your commenting. According to Tibet Tourism Bureau policies, you can arrange flights and hotels on your own, but still have to contact a travel agency to apply for the TTB Permit and arrange a tour guide and vehicle driver accompanying with you. I have delivered your proposal to our sales team. One of travel specialist will reach you soon.
Canadian traveling with Chinese friend to Tibet
I am a Canadian currently residing in Chengdu and have a valid resident permit for China. I would like to travel with my Chinese friend to Tibet. Do I need to hire a tour guide etc?
2016-05-14 09:35
Hi Ashley,

Thanks for your message. Yes, you have to hire a tour guide with you. Besides, you still need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit which is can only be issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau on application made by a Tibet Travel Agency on behalf of traveler.

Chengdu is the best hub for traveling to Tibet. You can transfer to Tibet both by flight and train. If you need, we can arrange a valuable customizable tour package for you. Let us know if you have any questions.
Chinese Visa and Tibet Travel Permt
When I applied for my Chinese Visa I was turned down by the Consulate in New York City because I do not have the Tibet Travel Permit. They told me I must have the Travel Permit before they will issue my visa.

I was told I had to obtain the visa before I can get the Tibet Travel Permit. Can yo help me?
2016-04-27 19:33
Hi James,

Thanks for your message. I am so sorry to hear that you failed obtaining Chinese Visa. I suggest you apply for again, and this time you can try not to mention Tibet in your application, which i think will increase the chance to get the visa. After your visa is issued, we can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit with your visa and passport from Tibet Tourism Bureau. Any question, please feel free to let us help you.

Have a nice day there!
Tourist visa to visit Kalashnikov mananasarovar
I am a us citizen presently staying in India wants to visit to kailash manasarovar during July August
2016 what are the procedure to get visas respective countries like to travel through nathula pass Sikkim
Can you suggest me the way and how much will cost me. I am prepared to join with any group since I am
Only the traveller
2016-04-20 19:16
Hello Krishnaiyer Sankar,

Thanks for your question. To obtain Tibet Travel Permit is not difficult for you since you are US citizen. You only have to let a Tibet Travel Agency to apply the permit for you, but you needed to travel with a agency in Tibet according to local laws. And so far, the Nathula Pass is not available for tourists. You have two choices: fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, or transfer from mainland China cities, such as Chengdu, Beijing, Xining to Tibet, and then travel to Mount Kailash. You can find more details including the Kailash itinerary in the email you will receive soon from our travel specialist. Please check it in time.