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Question: Can you arrange a Tibet travel permit for us before the tour begins?

Answer: Yes. For those who book tours with TraveChinaGuide.com, we will arrange for the travel permit. The permit is checked and issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) for free and is usually issued two weeks prior to your entry to the region.

Question: Do I need to bring photos when applying for a Tibet Travel Permit? If yes, in what size?

Answer: Your photos are not necessary when applying for a travel permit. However, you must provide us some of your pertinent information and documents prior to your applications. You must give us your name (as appears on your passport), nationality, age, sex, occupation passport number as well as the photocopies of your passport and visa.

Question: Can we fly freely to Lhasa without a Tibet Permit?

Answer: No, you cannot. You may purchase your air ticket in advance. However, you are not allowed to board the plane without the permit.

Question: Can I have my permit arranged by your agency? But, I will arrange my own visit in Tibet.

Answer: We do not offer a permit-only service. Foreign visitors must be on an organized tour, either a private or a group tour with five or more members to visit the region. Independent visit is prohibited in that area.

 Question: Do I need to apply other documents besides the Tibet Travel Permit? 

 Answer: Yes. Foreign visitors also need to apply an Aliens’ Travel Permit issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) if they are going to visit the restricted areas in Tibet.

For foreign visitors, the Aliens’ Travel Permit (PSB Permit) can be obtained through their travel agency after they arrive in Lhasa. To get the permit, your passport and Tibet Travel Permit are required, and it takes just a few hours and costs CNY 50 per person. However, an agency is not able to apply the PSB Permit for diplomats, journalists, and government officials who should travel under the arrangement of the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibetan Government.

Restricted areas usually refer to the region closing to the national boundaries. You should apply the permit when your trip includes the following regions:
Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Tsetang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Changdruk Temple, Yumbulakhang
Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
Nqari Region
Nyingchi: Basumtso Lake
Chamdo Region

Note: Lhasa and Nagqu regions are not restricted areas and are open to visitors with Tibet Travel Permit.

Question: I'm a resident of Hong Kong and I have a Chinese Passport. Do I need Tibet Permit to visit the region?

Answer: No. Chinese Passport Holders do not need the permit to go/travel there. According to the rules and regulations of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), foreign passport holders (including the Taiwanese and Non-Chinese ID card holders need to have the travel permit for visiting. People who hold Hong Kong SAR passports and Macau SAR passports do not need the permit.

Further Reading:   Tibet Tours     China Embassies Abroad     Foreign Embassies and Consulates in China
Top 10 Things to Do in Tibet

More Travel FAQs:
 Before Travel to Tibet
When Traveling in Tibet


- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Tibet Travel Permit
Asked by Torsten from GERMANY | Jul. 20, 2018 01:40Reply
a foreigner permanently residing in China and holding a Chinese Greencard. Do i need a Tibet permit
Answers (1)
Answered by Rena from USA | Jul. 22, 2018 19:57

No, you needn't.
Asked by Batbara from MALAYSIA | Aug. 15, 2016 20:16Reply
If my Tibet permit is 04Sep16 till 11Sep16, can I enter there on 03Sep16, which is one day earlier?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carey from CANADA | Aug. 15, 2016 22:13

I'm afraid that won't do on that day. It is regulated that foreigners should strictly comply with the dates on the permit. In addition, you are only allowed to enter this region by joining a group tour.
Asked by Jochen from GERMANY | Aug. 06, 2016 01:23Reply
Different passport origin can be on the same tour?
My wife has a Hong Kong passport and I have a German passport, if I get the Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit, can we travel in the same tour group?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hudson from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 07, 2016 21:43

According to the latest regulation, traveling in the same tour group with your wife can be achieved. I did so with my friends through TravelChinaGuide. They are very experienced. If needed, here is their e-mail address: traveltravelchinaguide.com.
May help! : )
Asked by Eleanor | Apr. 10, 2016 04:05Reply
American living and working in China travelling with Chinese friends.
Hi, I'm an American with a residency and work visa, living and working in China. I have a group of Chinese friends who are planning a trip to Tibet and I'd really like to go with them. We'd be traveling by car. Do I need a special visa/permit? Would I be allowed in with a group of Chinese friends, or turned away at the border because I'm not part of a "tour group"? Thanks for the help.
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Answered by Charles from SPAIN | Apr. 11, 2016 21:49

The regulations of foreigners visiting there is still quite strict. Although you are working and living in China, the travel permit is also needed. Visit there on your own cannot work. You have to join a group tour.
Asked by deasy from INDONESIA | Apr. 09, 2016 19:57Reply
Can I enter tibet with different china visa as i apply to get the travel permit?
Because need 20 days to process the permit. Within that period, i need to go china. After i back to my country, i will apply china visa again. I am afraid that could not enter that region because use different china visa. Is there china visa number written on the permit ?

Waiting for your info. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by larry | Apr. 09, 2016 22:13

Oh, it is fine to have difference visas. The only paperwork requirement is to hold a valid visa of PRC and the travel permit for traveling in that region. Don't worry!
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