Tibet Visa Requirements - What Documents Are Needed?

25 May 2020 Last updated at 18:26

Tibet Visa ( also known as Tibet Travel Permit) is a must to enter Tibet and it is only applicable for Travel agency in China (like Tibet Discovery) on behalf of the tourists. Generally, the application Tibet Visa (Tibet Travel Permit) requires the valid copies of your passport and Chinese Visa.

Tibet Travel Permit Standard Scanned Copy of A Passport - Full, Clear, Colored
Tibet Travel Permit Standard Scanned Copy of A Chinese Visa - Full, Clear, Colored

1. Passport Copies Requirements

Your original passport shall remain valid for at least 6 months.

A clear, complete, and colored scanned copy of the valid passport’s data page, which contains the passport's data page and the photo page. (make a separate copy if they are not on one page.)

2. Chinese Visa Copies Requirements

Here are certain types of valid Chinese visa to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit, including Tourist visa (L Visa, Residence visa (D Visa), Visit visa (F Visa), Employment Visa (Z Visa), Study Visa (X Visa), etc. Generally, you only hold one valid type of them.  

① For Tourist Visa (L Visa) holders, besides copies of your passport info page, please send us the full and clear scanned image files of your Chinese L visa, and the L Visa shall remain valid before your departure in China.

② For other certain types of visa holders, besides the copies of your passport and visa, are needed, please do contact us for a little more extra procedures on a work proof, invitation letter or other supportive documents.

The followings are typical Chinese L visas. If you already have one, please take a look as a reference and check its validity.

Tibet Travel Permit Chinese Tourist Visa (L Visa)
Tibet Travel Permit Chinese Tourist Group Visa (L Visa)

Exceptional Cases

▶ Passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan only need valid copies of your passport to apply for a Tibet Visa (Tibet Travel Permit), under the regulation of 15 days Chinese visa exemption policy.

▶ Tourists leave for Tibet from Nepal only need valid copies of your passport to apply for a Tibet Visa (Tibet Travel Permit).

Warning: Once you apply for Tibet Group Visa in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Chinese Visa you already got, such as a short-term Chinese Tourist Visa, or long-term Chinese Tourist Visa, work visa, study visa, etc, get expired immediately.

Tip: Generally, it takes about 15 to 20 working days to apply for and obtain your Tibet Visa after submitting application request.

Questions about Documents Needed for Tibet Travel Permit

Q1: I am from the UK and want to travel to Tibet from China Mainland, what documents do I need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit?

Please check if you have a valid Chinese L Visa. If you already had one, please send us your valid scanned copies of your passport and your visa. If not, please contact us for more information.

Q2: I am from Australia and want to travel to Tibet from Nepal, what documents do I need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit?

You only need your valid scanned copies of your passport to apply for it.

Q3: I am from Japan and want to travel Tibet directly from Tokyo, what do I need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit?

You only need your valid scanned copies of your passport to apply for it. Since it takes about 15 days to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau and the Chinese visa exemption policy only lasts for 15 days, you’d better plan your Tibet weeks in advance.

How to Obtain Tibet Visa with Tibet Discovery's Help

Tibet Visa

Here is a detailed procedure guide on obtaining a Tibet Visa (Tibet Travel Permit) step by step.

Step 1: Contact us to discuss your needs and work out a most suitable itinerary for you in Tibet.

Step 2: Confirm and reserve your preferred Tibet Tour.

Step 3: Send us the required valid documents at least 15 working days before your tour starts. If you need the permit quite urgently, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Step 4: Provide your designated address (your hotel, travel agent, friend's home, etc) in Mainland China to receive your permit after it is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB for short).

Step 5: The permit will be delivered to your preferred address or handed to you at the airport/train station before your trip.

Note: Please note that there are two pages for your Tibet Travel Permit, you cannot enter Tibet without any page of them, please double check your Tibet Travel Permit before you take the flight.

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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