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 Question: Do I really need a travel permit if I want to visit Tibet? How can I get one?

 Answer: Yes, foreign passport holders including Taiwanese and Non-Chinese ID card holders need to have a travel permit to visit Tibet according to the rules and regulations of the China National Tourism Administration.

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

Answer: Yes. For clients who book tours with us, we will handle the travel permit for you. You only need to provide us with the necessary information at least 20 days in advance. After the application is checked and approved, the Tourism Bureau will issue the travel permit about two weeks prior to your entry to the region. Then we will deliver the travel permit to your destination before Lhasa so that you can board the flight or train to Lhasa successfully. 

From start to finish, we will help you get everything ready for a memorable and best Tibet tour.

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, gender, occupation, passport number as well as 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
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- Last updated on Jun. 19, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Tibet Travel Permit
Asked by Kaitlyn from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 13, 2024 18:31Reply
visiting Tibet with 15 day China Visa Free rule
Hi, I have an Australian passport and would like to visit Tibet. Can I visit Tibet with the 15 day China Visa Free rule? for example, I fly from Sydney to Beijing, change planes to Lhasa, stay in Tibet for 13 nights... On the 14th day, I fly out of Lhasa to Beijing, change planes to Sydney - I will back in Sydney on the 15th day. Is this possible? If yes, this means that I will only have to organise Tibet Permit, correct? If my flight is delayed or cancelled and I am stuck in Lhasa or Beijing longer than 15 days, what will happen? Can I return to China in the future? Thank you so much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Joshua | Jul. 15, 2024 02:00

Yes, you need a travel permit to Tibet and as I know, foreigners can get the permit only from Chinese travel agencies. And I advise you to make a more reliable journey to ensure that you can leave China before 24:00 of the 15th day in China. If the flight happens to delay, you are not responsible for it.
Asked by Myron Buck from HK | May. 06, 2024 05:07Reply
HK Resident card?
I am a HK Permanent Resident with the card, but not a HK passport (I have a US Passport). Do I need a Tibet Travel permit?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita | May. 08, 2024 00:43

Yes, you need.
Asked by Tony Mansay from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 15, 2023 15:20Reply
I am Philippine passport holder with green card holder Do I need to apply travel permit
I am Philippine national with green card holder plan to travel from Philippines to China do I need to apply travel permit and China visa and how much gonna cost the permit ? And I can I travel alone to Tibet ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Jul. 17, 2023 19:38

Yes, you need to apply for a visa to visit China; a single entry costs 1,400 peso.

No, foreigners are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone.
Asked by LE from USA | Jun. 10, 2023 12:02Reply
US-Vietnamese dual citizens can use Vietnamese passport to grand Chinese tourist L-visa ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Jun. 11, 2023 22:48

Yes, it's possible to do that.
Asked by Nicky from USA | Apr. 28, 2023 10:11Reply
Foreigners with a Chinese green card
If a foreigner got Chinese permanent residence ID card, does that person still need a Tibet Travel Permit to enter Tibet?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andy | May. 03, 2023 20:28

Yes, he or she still has to apply for a travel permit in advance.
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