Tibet Travel Permits & Tibet Visa Guide

Foreign travelers to travel in Tibet is very sensitive thus the Tibet travel restrictions from authorities always get involved in Tibet inbound tourism. Like the sudden change of the typical Tibet weather in a day due to the high altitude and unique topography, Tibet permits policy and regulations keep changing month by month, season by season and year by year.

Tibet Travel Permits Policy Keeps Changes

With the complicated Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China which keeps spreading worldwide nowadays, more and more countries issued travel restrictions and/or travel ban for both domestic travel and international travel. As of March 16, 2020, there is no certain news about Tibet reopen to foreign travelers yet, and major tour attractions were still closed for public. And Tibet permits is not applicable for any foreign travelers.

Do not Travel to Tibet in a rush but with good preparation

As one responsible Tibet tour operator, we do not recommend any foreign travelers to rush to travel in Tibet in the near future in 2020 even though Tibet permits application may recover soon. This is a practical and responsible suggestion from many countries government to their citizens, e.g, the government of USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Fenland, etc suggest their citizens not travel to those destinations such as Italy, etc European countries, South Korea, Iran, etc if the trip is not very necessary, because these places were heavily infected by COVID19. Here let local Tibet travel agency insiders share some insight knowledge on Tibet permits and Tibet visa, so when it gets back to normal and once it is safe enough to travel to Tibet,China, you can plan your trip better.

Tibet remains one of the most attractive tour destination in China for foreign travelers, every year tens of thousands of travelers travel to Tibet. But as being mentioned above, as foreign traveler, you will need to have all necessary Tibet travel permits and Tibet visa document!

Tibet Travel Permits and Tibet Visa Documents

There are overall four documents all foreign tourists need to hold for legal traveling in Tibet. And these are as below:

  1. Chinese Visa (for entry to Tibet from mainland China) or Tibet Group visa (from Nepal to Tibet)
  2. TTB (Tibet Entry Permit)
  3. PSB (Alien’s Travel Permit-mostly for trip with Everest Base Camp and all those unopened area)
  4. Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit

Important Tibet Travel Rregulations

  1. All foreign tourists can get Tibet permits through a travel agency except for diplomats, journalists, and government officials. Travelers with these jobs should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.
  2. After having a permit, a travel agency could buy the air tickets and train tickets for you.
  3. Only the guide could hold the permit after you establish yourself on Tibet land. You are not allowed to bring with it and travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as “Aliens’ Permit”.
  4. Permits document is free, but it is time consuming and complicated process for agency to apply. So there is a service charge.
  5. Generally it takes 1-3 weeks to get the Tibet permit if you could supply the full necessary documents of passports and China visa copies. And it needs another 3 days (or more) for Express Delivery for the permit to your departure city.
  6. We do not SELL Tibet permits to any foreign tourists.

Tibet Travel Permits Regulations for Overland tour to Tibet from Mainland China

  • If you only travel to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, there is no need to apply Alien’s Travel Permit, but Tibet entry permit will be enough.
  • If you want to do an overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang Autonomous region to Tibet, we need the photo copy of the Entry Stamp on your China visa to apply the Alien’s travel permit in PSB (Public Security Bureau) before your tour starts.

Every year there are lots of foreign travelers asking about the Tibet travel permits and visa regulations. However Tibet permits application situation is politically sensitive and the policy changes quite often. Here below are some common questions and our timely updated answers, it will help you plan your Tibet tour easily.

Tibet Travel Permits Visa FAQs (26)

When you fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu, Nepal, the airport custom will check passports, your China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit), however guide will need to show these permits and help you clear the customs easily. After that, guide will take permits back. Hope this helps. Any reliable Tibet travel agencies here in Lhasa know very well.

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Tibet Alien’s travel permits are for foreign travelers to travel in the not fully open regions in Tibet. And these places refer to Tsetang (such as Samye Monastery, Mindrolin Monastery, etc), Mt. Everest Base Camp, Saga, Payang, Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom Ruins, and Lake Draksumtso in east Tibet (Nyingchi prefecture). We apply these permits in local “Public Security Bureau“, so that is why this permit has another name of “PSB permit”. If your travel includes Lake Draksumtso and if you leave Lhasa for this sightseeing and Nyingchi is your last stop, we will need to apply this permit in Lhasa.

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Updated on April 24, 2017: Do I have to find Malaysian travelling companions to travel Tibet? In my group, do we have to have the same nationality? Some travelers from Malaysia still ask this question. However since 2 years ago, the Tibet travel permits restriction on the same nationality is already cancelled. Now different foreign nationality travelers can travel together in Tibet. This is a favorable policy so far in Tibet tourism. We wish more and more travelers can travel together, sharing the group tour cost.  

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Foreign Tibet travelers frequently asked that whether they can fly to Kathmandu without a tour guide accompany and permits at Lhasa airport. The answer to this question is that: You will have Immigration problem if without providing “Tibet Travel Permit”. As you know, all foreign travelers flying from Lhasa to Tibet after Tibet travel, they need to provide passports, China visa, Tibet permits (including entry permit and border defense permit). The airport custom authority will check all these Tibet travel permits documents, however your Tibetan tour guide will help you show all these Tibet permits. 

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To buy Qinghai-Tibet train tickets, you need to email your valid passport photo copy to our Tibet travel agency and once the tickets are on sales (normally at least 30 to 60 days before train departure date), we will help you buy the train tickets. While to be able to get the paper tickets and board the train from mainland China to Tibet, you will need a valid physical passport, a Chinese visa and a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit (original or photo copies). The original copy of TTB permit is needed when you board the train to Tibet from Chongqing, Xian and Lanzhou, however except for three cities, the printed photocopies of permits are fine for you to claim the train tickets and board the train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. Your Tibet TripAdvisor will reconfirm to you at least 5-10 days before your arrival date in Tibet.

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On one hand, you don’t have to keep your original TTB permit because you already have the photocopy in your mind. On the other hand, we need to return the permit to the Chinese government. So please understand our duties.

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How can I obtain Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) for my Tibet Travel? This is another common question about Tibet permits. Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP). So if you want to travel to places besides Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, you will need Aliens’ Travel Permits (ATP) issued by Local Public Security Bureau (PSB). A single permit (with a group’s all name list) is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together and the permit just name one of them and states how many others are accompanying him. After you arrive, we need your original passport and visa to apply for the permit in Lhasa or Shigatse and it normally takes only 30 minutes to get this. Our Tibetan tour guide will apply and keep the permit for you.

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You may want to ask whether you can take one agency’s Tibet travel permits to join different Tibet travel agency’s tour. Well the answer is absolutely no. On one hand, it is not legal per local provisions. On the other hand, even if you succeed by a fluke, it is not likely that you will have more pleasure with other agencies.

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How long can my Tibet travel permits be valid? and can I have the permits valid as long as I wish? The answer is  “YES”. As a well-experienced and responsible Tibet travel agency, we can guarantee that during the time of your schedule with us your TTB Permit will be valid. If you want to change your schedule, please let us know in advance. We need time and extra efforts to rearrange your tour. If you arrive Tibet earlier than your scheduled date, this will be an urgent situation and we will charge extra service fee to reapply for your TTB permit. If you arrive later than your scheduled date, we can extend your trip for a few more days (normally 2-5 days) to help you finish the scheduled trip.

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Normally our Tibet travel agency can obtain the Tibet TTB travel permit 10-30 days before the starting date of the trip. If you book the trip earlier, we can get the permit earlier. However one month in advance is the earliest we can. If you are going to fly into Tibet from any airport in China, you will need the original permit to board the flights. We will send the original permit to you by EMS or Air-Express which takes 1-3 days within China and we need your exact post address such as your hotel or residence address in China (including contact person, contact phone number and the correct name under which the hotel booking is made). If you take the train to Lhasa from Chongqing, Xi’an, Lanzhou, you also need the original permit to get the ticket and we will send it to you by EMS or Air-Express as well. We suggest you take the train ticket in advance to avoid any urgency or unexpected situation. If you take the train from any other city’s station to Lhasa, you only need to have the photocopy of the permit and we will email you the electronic copy to you in advance. The police in Golmud station will check the permit so you should keep it safe. However, our local tour guide will collect your TTB permit after your arrival and guide will need to hold it for your whole trip in Tibet and return all Tibet travel permits to our agency after the trip.

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Normally it will be easy for you apply for a China tourist visa, “L” Visa. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five days. If you are lucky, some embassies may give you a 60 or 90 day visa. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China for several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry or multiple entry visa. For those who work, study, or live temporarily in China, you need other related China visa such as “F” Visa, “X” Visa, “Z” and “M” Visa. We strongly suggest that you would better not mention any words of Tibet on your China visa application form due to its sensitive political condition. If you have any trouble applying for a China visa, we can help you apply and send you an electronic copy of Tibet visa invitation letter to help you solve the problem. And we normally apply this visa invitation letter 1-3 months in advance. However, we do not receive clients who is a congressman, journalist or military.

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To be responsible, our tour guide will keep your Tibet travel permit safely during all your tours with us. We can give you the photocopy if you want but it is not necessary. If you want some free time in Lhasa, you can take the photocopy with you but we strongly suggest you join our many optional Tibet day tours packages because there are many local tour guides to share their knowledge and insights about Lhasa with you. Should you have any more questions on Tibet permits, please check our Tibet travel permits FAQs.

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Once we applied the Tibet entry travel permits, it normally takes 2-5 days to post Tibet permits from Lhasa to any cities in mainland China. We do not post permits abroad. But remember that permits are only ready around 1 week to 2 weeks before your arrival date, we can not send permits too early and it is not recommended to send permits abroad.

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As one Tibet tourism booking gateway, our Tibet travel permits application staff members handle all permits application professional. We have serious application schedule according to the local authority’s permits issuing schedule. We can not apply permits Half year in advance, but we do not apply permits 1 week before your arrival date in Lhasa. So with our know-how, we can definitely assure the accurate permits will be applied and available to you on time. Once we received your booking, you do not need to worry about further, since you are in the right hand. Here below is our normal Tibet permits application schedule.

Lhasa Tsetang Yamdrok-Gyantse Shigatse, Namtso tours

  • deadline permits submission: 10-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight/train to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Mt Everest Base camp Tour

  • deadline permits submission: 12-40 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.

Kailash Tour, Kham tour in Tibet

  • deadline permits submission: 20-60 days before arrival date, booking 10 days before arrival date risk top urgent case;
  • We receive your permits 5-30 days before your arrival date here in Lhasa;
  • We send permits to your address in China 1-7 days before your flight to Lhasa;
  • And we send you delivery tracking order to expect the permits arrival on your hand.
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Question: Hello, dear local agent in Lhasa, can I come in early this February? Does your agent get permits for foreign travelers?

Answer: Since March 2008, every February and March Tibet is closed and all travel agencies do not organize foreign travelers to visit Tibet. However the permits regulation keeps changing year by year and till now, Tibet is still open for foreign travelers, and for the coming up February and March, foreign travelers can plan a tour of Tibet, but if in case there is urgent closure, you’d better have a travel plan B.

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When you travel under a foreign passport, you will have to travel legally  according to the Tibet local authority. During your traveling in Tibet, the three main primary documents are passports, China visa (or Tibet group visa) and Tibet entry permits. Different tour destination will need further document such as military permits, foreign affairs border passing permit, alien’s travel permits. Here is the document list for Tibet traveling. Please double check before coming to our land.

  1. Valid Passports (at least valid for 6 months after your departure date of Tibet)
  2. Valid China visa (for entering from China);
  3. Tibet group visa (for entering Tibet from Nepal, you do not need to apply China via in your country, even so it will be cancelled);
  4. Tibet entry travel permits for all Tibet tours;
  5. Alien’s travel permits for trip covering Everest. Tsetang (Samye monastery), Kailash and north-loop Grand Tibet, eastern Tibet such as Draksumtso lake;
  6. Foreign affairs permit (policy keeps changing on this section)
  7. Border defense passing allowance permit (trip between Nepal and Tibet)
  8. Military permits.

And here is another list of the documents which you will have to provide by email to us when you book a tour, we need these docs to apply some of the above necessary permits.

  1. Photocopies of valid passports data page for all travelers (upon booking)
  2. Photocopies of valid China visa (you can send it after you get it)
  3. Working certificate or student Id card copies if you do not hold “L” China visa but Z or F type of China visa.
  4. Marriage certificate or relatives’ statement with signature if you hold Q category China visa.

While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Read further: Can I apply for Tibet Travel permit or Tibet group visa by ourselves?Definitely No, you cannot apply for Tibet travel permit or Tibet group visa directly. Tibet Travel Permit is only issued by Tibet Tourism Administration in Lhasa, together with other Chinese authorities such as military office, and foreign affairs office, national security office, public security bureau, etc. Therefore, an only local registered travel agency based in Lhasa can help you apply for it. Hence it is impossible for you to apply permits by yourself, and you will have to book your Tibet tour directly or indirectly with a local travel agency in Lhasa.

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We do not suggest this kind of action because all procedures need time and strict inspection. But if you have any urgent situation and have only one week to prepare for everything needed for the Tibetan trip, as a professional and well-experienced Tibet travel agency, we can help you with all the documents you need (Group Visa for entry from Kathmandu by flight, TTB Permit). But this can be only possible for city tours like visits to Lhasa (Lhasa, Namtso and Ganden etc short distance and fully open area), Lake Namtso, Lake Yamdrok, Gyantse and Shigatse. However, we cannot guarantee 100 percent although we will try our best. If it is unlucky, you do not have to pay us single dollar for this TOP urgent case.

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This is a common question about Tibet travel permits and Tibet visa. Well, you need a Tibet Group Visa. However, you cannot apply this by yourself. We will send an electronic copy of visa invitation letter to our local travel agency in Kathmandu and they will apply this for you. There is no need to apply for an individual China Visa in your country if you decide to travel to Tibet from Nepal because the Chinese Embassy will cancel your China Visa when you receive your Tibet Group Visa.

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Well this is a very common question asked by many Indian travelers, especially many questions are raised by travelers from India. However due to the Tibet Kailash permits strict restrictions, all travel agencies here in Lhasa Tibet have no rights to apply any Tibet permits for Indian nationality passports holders for Kailash travel. This business is controlled by government pilgrimage office, namely they say they may have very strict and serious tourism arrangement management and they do not allow any travel agencies to organize these tours. However as travel agency in Lhasa, Tibet, we can organize all Kailash Manasarovar tours for any none Indian passports holders. If you are overseas Indian immigrants, we can definitely organize any tours in Tibet. The solution for Indian travelers Kailash tour booking is that, these travelers should book the Kailash trip with India based tour companies. Read further about Kailash tours here.

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While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.

If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.

Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.

If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

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As many foreign travelers know that without valid and efficient Tibet travel permitsTibet is difficult to get in, but it is even more difficult to get around. Travelers should join a group tour or take a private tour (on a tour only!) according to the local regulations on foreign travelers. However the natural beauty of the country, the spiritual atmosphere in the magic nation and the exotic Tibetan culture make it all worth it. Tibet is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it has many things to offer.

If you are heading to Tibet soon, here are some things you should know before your trip to Tibet.

  • Tibetan People (monks, nuns and people from all other walks of life)
  • Tibetan monasteries, palaces and nunneries
  • Tibetan mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys and gorges
  • Spiritual centers, meditation caves and many more
  • Tibetan arts and architecture
  • The Tibetan society (now and then, and the future)
  • Precautions you need to take before going, not only just Tibet permits, mountain sickness, local customs…

A trip to Tibet can be rewarding and adventurous experience, and it gives you a peek into one of the most oppressed nations in the world. But traveling to Tibet isn’t easy with the strict travel restrictions and visa rules. To prepare properly for this trip of a lifetime, here are some facts you need to know about travel to Tibet.

  1. Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is officially a part of China even though some people may not agree with that.
  2. If you have any pro-Tibetan sympathies, be careful with whom you discuss them.
  3. Discussing political issues with your Tibetan guide might get him or her into a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. There are lots of travel restrictions or tourism bans to Tibet, and it’s NOT easy to enter and the travel here.
  5. Independent travel is not allowed – except in Lhasa – and foreign travelers need to prearrange a tour in order to obtain a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permit.
  6. Without a TTB permit, you won’t be able to board a flight or train to Tibet.
  7. Besides citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, all visitors require a valid Chinese visa to be able to enter China.
  8. Don’t mention Tibet and don’t list your occupation as ‘journalist’ or military person, etc, and public passport does not work.
  9. You will have to decide on your Tibet itinerary upon booking the trip.
  10. Travelers are also free to explore Lhasa on their own but a guide is a must needed if you enter a monastery, palace or any tour sites.

Why The Once a Life Time Tibet tour can be a Rewarding?

  1. Because of your visit to Tibet, Tibet and Tibetan people can get the attention and support from the outside world it deserves.
  2. Travel is one of the best form of education, let alone Tibet is such different from many other destination.
  3. By coming here, talking to our native Tibetans, seeing things from ground level and in the eyes of our Tibetan people can you truly learn about what’s going on, and can therefore inform others about the state that Tibet is in.
  4. The high level of spirituality for many Tibetan people will probably empower yourself from your sole and heart. Tibetans are deeply devoted to their faith and it can be extremely moving to experience their dedication.
  5. Learn to appreciate Tibetan culture and the religious daily life for people from all walks of life.
  6. To learn what has happened in history and what is happening now.
  7. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural landscapes and it makes it worth your while. Geography in Tibet is on a humbling scale —dramatic snow-peaked mountains loom over vast plains, zigzagging highways weave their way through high passes draped with colorful prayer flags, while glittering turquoise lakes stand in the shadow of centuries-old glaciers. Home to several of the world’s highest peaks, Tibet is an extremely mountainous region packed to the brim with natural sights that are impressive in terms of magnitude.

For those who are planning to travel Tibet, I hope this list has prepared you for your trip to the wonder of the world. Regardless, expect to be surprised, because nothing will really prepare you for the magic of Tibet.

Interested in traveling to Tibet? Tibet local guide travel service run many kinds of Tibet tours! Once the NCoV19 (COVID19) Coronavirus pandemic situation is over and things get back to normal, we will be more than happy to welcome you to our land and enjoy any trips soon.

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Yes, as of Jan.25,2020, it is already closed and there are no any single travel permits to Tibet can be processed, for those permits which were already issued out for traveling in late January and February, all these permits will be suspended and foreign travelers must cancel the trip plan for late Jan. whole month of February and March, and it is quite possible that Tibet travel permits closure will be until end of April or till end of May. Because of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in some parts of China such as Wuhan, for the public’s safety and health concern,  Tibet tourists scenic attractions were closed already for public.

Updated on March.23,2020, Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing but have to be diverted to other airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 335,900 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems.

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in China per scheduled itinerary. This is actually a travel ban and it will surely infect foreigners travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. And this is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip to after June 2020 at least.

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Updated on March.23,2020: There is a surge in imported confirmed coronavirus cases as students, others fly back to China. Due to the worldwide COVID19 quick spread, international flights to Beijing from countries such as Italy,Germany, France, UK, Spain, Middle East, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc can not land in Beijing finally but have to be diverted to other nearby airports. These airports include Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an etc.

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Due to More Imported Cases, Tibet/China Protect local People and Foreign Travelers via Flights Restrictions

Travelers from countries heavy hit by COVID19 may not land in Tibet, China per scheduled itinerary. And most probably passengers may have to be quarantined for around 2 weeks in designated area. To those foreign travelers wanting to visit Tibet, this is actually a Tibet travel ban and the restrictions will surely infect foreigners arrival entry to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. So it is to say that foreign travelers can not enter Tibet according to any pre-managed travel itinerary. So far no Tibet permits can be applied and all foreign travelers planning to travel to Tibet need to postpone the trip at least after June 2020. If there is instant news from tourism authority in Lhasa, we will update it. Foreign travelers can also write to us for reliable Tibet travel suggestion for any traveling after June 2020 (info@tibetlocalguide.com).

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Many Norwegians desire to travel Tibet in the past. However it has been  8 long years without seeing travelers from Norway in Tibet since any Norwegian travelers set foot on Tibet in 2008. Tibet travel permits restrictions apply to this Nordic country, but it was open in the last two years. Well with the current COVID around the globe, which draws tens of thousands of travelers to travel to pandemic epicenters and more and more tourism restrictions policies happen around the whole world.

Recently flights scheduled to land in Beijing, Shanghai may not be able to land there but have to be diverted to land at other nearby airport, so travelers from Norway or other countries in Europe should plan a tour of Tibet for a later time in 2020 or 2021 when the situation gets back to normal.

For the Norwegian travelers to Tibet, once Tibet is open, they should follow the process below to get their Tibet travel permits approved.

SIMPLE Tibet Tour Booking Process for Norwegian travelers 

  • Step 1 – Contact one local Tibet travel agency to offer you a private tour or Tibet group tour;
  • Step 2 – Pay required deposit to secure the Tibet tour booking;
  • Step 3 – Provide Norwegian Passport data page & Chinese visa page in due time
  • Step 4 — Pack your bag for the tour, pay the balance upon arrival and enjoy the trip
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To all foreign tourists who want to travel to Tibet, you must have a Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit. You are not allowed to apply this by yourself, so we will help you get this. You need to send us clear scanned or photo copies of your valid passport date page and China Visa. No matter whether you hold “Z”, “F” or “Q” type China visa, or APEC visa, we can help you apply permits smoothly.  We will need your specific schedule (including the entry and departure dates, means of transportation, cites you come from and leave for in China) to fill in the blanks on the permit, so we strongly suggest you arrange your travel schedule at least 15-30 days  before the starting date of your trip in advance. As a professional Tibet travel agency, we can apply for the Tibet permit one month before the starting date to guarantee the whole process successful.

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How to get Tibet travel permit?

Many foreign travelers often tell us that: some travel agencies say the Tibet travel permit is totally free. Well as local Tibet travel agency, we want to tell you that, this is their promotional words and it is not free at all. This is a tourist trap and they do not offer your permits only services. They must sell you something before they can apply Tibet travel permits. And few other agencies may tell you that the permit service fee is around RMB 1500-2000, this is sky high price and this is not true as well. So for Tibet permits only, there are lots of rumors. Here lets state it clear that travel agency in Tibet must prepare lots of work to apply Tibet travel permits according to the permits schedule. If your trip is with Everest base camp, you d better confirm a tour booking at least 15 days before arrival date, and if your trip covers Mt. Kailash, it is safer to confirm a tour booking at least 30 days before arrival date. For easy cultural tour in and around Lhasa, you can even apply permits 10 days in advance only. Here below we will share how to get the Tibet travel permits.

Tibet travel permits application process:

  1.  confirm a full tour or minimum tour service with local Tibet travel agency per above time schedule. It is better to confirm earlier to avoid urgent situation.
  2. Once local Tibet travel agency gets your passport copy and/or China visa photo copies, they can prepare to apply permits 1 month-45 days at most.
  3. Permits will be ready at least 1 weeks before your arrival date in Lhasa, as experienced Tibet travel agencywe get permits almost 20 days in advance.
  4. One permits got from Lhasa, agency can send permits to your address in China, and it is not wise to send permits abroad. as the international express from Lhasa is too complicated and too risky.
  5. Then at least 2-3 days before your arrival date, you can get the Tibet travel permits and fly to Lhasa without any problem.
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