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Tibet Visa and Permit Information

Tibet Visa and Permit Information

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All foreigners travellers other than Chinese and Tibetan need to obtain Tibet travel permit to enter Tibet. Tibet visa called Tibet permit. It is also called invitation letter. It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. Tourist / foreigners can not apply their Tibet travel permit themselves. Tibet tourism bureau only accept application from registered travel companies like Dream Tibet Travel and Tour. Tibet visa or Tibet permit comes in paper, not in your passport.   

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It is very important to know that Tibet permit and Chinese visa is different. You cannot enter Tibet just with Chinese visa. Before entering, you should obtain Tibet permit with the help of registered travel companies.   

Required Document for Tibet Travel permit and China Tibet Visa:

In order to facilitate the processing of your Tibet Visa, kindly ensure you have the following documents ready:

1, Passport Copy: Please submit a clear copy of your passport at least 20-25 days in advance to initiate the Tibet Travel Permit processing.

2, Original Passport: Ensure you have your original passport with you when your group arrives in Kathmandu.

3, Passport Size Photo: Provide a passport size photo with a white background, front face, without eyeglasses, and no smiling expression.

4, Visa Application Form: Complete the visa application form prior to your arrival.

How to Processing Tibet Visa in Kathmandu

As per the new rules and regulations from the Chinese embassy in Nepal, to obtain a Tibet group visa, it is required that there must be a minimum of 04 people in the group. Additionally, the visa application process in Kathmandu requires the submission of the original passport and may take 03-04 official working days ( Monday to Friday)to complete.
Please also note that visa requirements and regulations can change frequently.
It is also important to note that Tibet visa requirements and regulations can be change frequently, we suggest you make sure with the Chinese Embassy/Dream Tibet Travel or local travel company before you book the Tibet tour.

What is Tibet Visa?

To travel to Tibet, foreign visitors need to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, also known as a Tibet Visa. This permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) and is required to enter Tibet. Just a permit is not enough to travel to Tibet, you also need to get Tibet visa from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, if you are traveling from Nepal.

How Much is The Tibet Visa Fee ?

The Tibet Travel Permit fee varies depending on your nationality and the time of year you plan to visit Tibet. The cost can range from USD 125 to USD 215 per person is different Visa cost as per the nationality. Please check below list.

Require document to get Tibet Travel Permit / Tibet Visa.

To obtain the Tibet Travel Permit, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • At least six month valid your passport copy. You can send us your passport front page by mail, Viber, Whats App, facebook or via any other social Medias.
  • Chinese visa copy by mail or via any social Medias. (Only for those tourist, who are entering Tibet from mainland China)
  •  Have to fill up a form from Chinese Embassy Kathmandu with your latest passport size of a picture. This is only case, if you are travelling from Nepal. (Dream Tibet Travels and Tours manage will manage it)
  • A travel itinerary or tour confirmation from a licensed Tibet tour operator
  • Proof of travel insurance that covers Tibet.
  • A completed Tibet Travel Permit application form
  • A recent passport size photogram with white background
  • Visa approval Letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau while you are applying from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?

Once you have provided all the required documents to a licensed Tibet tour operator, we will apply for the Tibet Travel Permit on your behalf. The permit usually takes around 15 days to be processed and issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. We can apply your group visa once we get Tibet travel permit from TTB.

Tibet Tourism Bureau:

The Tibet Tourism Bureau is responsible for issuing the Tibet Travel Permit and regulating tourism in Tibet. All foreign visitors to Tibet are required to obtain this permit before entering Tibet.

Tibet Visa Processing Time in Kathmandu, Nepal:

If you are applying for the Tibet Group Visa in Kathmandu, Nepal, the processing time is usually around 3-4 official working days. However, we need visa approval latter in advance which will takes 10-15 days from Tibet tourism Bureau.  It's also important to note that the processing time can vary depending on the volume of applications the Tibet Tourism Bureau is receiving at the time.

About obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is a common starting point for travelers to Tibet, Dream Tibet Travel agencies and tour operators that can assist with obtaining the Tibet Travel Permit. Dream Tibet Travel company would be one of best option.

We help you obtain your permit, it's important to ensure that they are a licensed operator and have experience arranging travel to Tibet. A reputable company will provide you with a clear itinerary, explain the permit application process, and help you obtain any necessary additional permits for restricted areas.

The Tibet Travel Permit application process typically takes 3-4 working days, so it's important to plan ahead and allow enough time for your application to be processed. Additionally, it's important to note that the permit is issued for a specific itinerary, and you will not be allowed to deviate from that itinerary once you arrive in Tibet.

It is possible to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit in Kathmandu through a Dream Tibet travel as a Tibet tour operator. Be sure to do your research, ask for recommendations, and choose a reputable company to assist you with the permit application process in Nepal.

It takes about one week time to get Tibet travel permit approval from Tibet tourism bureau. It might take longer than a week in keep season time. So applying your Tibet permit before 15- 20 days is safe way.

Special Note: Diplomats passport holders, Journalists, professional media photographer and government officials are not able to issue their Tibet permit through ordinary travel agencies. They are only able to get Tibet travelling permit under the arrangement of Foreign Affairs. We should know it earlier than applying your permit.

Tibet Travel Permit and Visa Cost:

Country Rate per Person
Other Nationalities: USD 125 per person
American Nationality:: USD 215 per person
Romanian passport holder: USD 155 per person
Canadian passport holder: USD 195 per person
Brazilian Passport Holders : USD 205 per person
Argentina Passport Holders : US$ 215 per person

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