Tibet Travel Permit

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Recent News of Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Tourism Bureau temporarily stopped issuing Tibet travel permit in February and March because of several holidays in Tibet. Now the door reopens for tourists to apply permit. There are no any distractions on your nationality, group size. But still you have to apply Tibet travel permit at least 20 days before your departure to Tibet.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?

Tibet Travel Permit is the general term referring to several documents which are needed when traveling to Tibet. Currently, you have to hold not only the passport and China visa, but also have to obtain Tibet Travel Permit. There are three kinds of permits: Tibet Entry Permit, Tibet Alien Travel Permit and Tibet Military Permit.

Tibet Entry Permit, also called TTB Permit, is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. It is the most primary and important permit you have to apply for. Only with Tibet Entry Permit can you book flight and train ticket to Tibet. And only the head office of Tourism Bureau in Lhasa can issue this permit. Currently, tourists can not apply TTB permit themselves. Only the China or Tibet travel agency can apply permit from Tourism Bureau.

Tibet Alien Travel Permit, also called PSB Permit, is issued by Public Security Bureau in Lhasa and other prefectures. Some remote regions in Tibet, such as Everest, Ngari, require PSB permit. For example, if you want to visit Mount Everest which is situated in Shigatse Prefecture, you have to apply for PSB permit in Shigatse city (your tour guide will apply for you). But you can obtain this permit after arrival at Tibet.

Tibet Military Permit is a required permit to visit some special military sensitive regions in Tibet, such as Mount Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, eastern Tibet, Pomi, Qamdo, etc. If you want to drive overland from Sichuan, Yunnan or Qinghai to Tibet, you also have to get Military Permit. This permit is issued by military office in Lhasa, and needs to be applied about a month before your Tibet trip.

How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit

To get Tibet Travel Permit, you need to:

  • 1. Reserve a tour with a China or Tibet travel agency who can arrange a Tibet tour for you.
  • 2. Hire a tour guide and driver. (your travel agency will arrange for you)
  • 3. Pay the deposit by PayPal or bank transfer.
  • 4. Send us a scan copy of your passport and China visa.
  • 5. Tell us the address that we can post Tibet Travel Permit to you(usually your hotel in China city not Tibet)

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