How to get Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet Travel Permit or Tibet visa is the necessary document required for a tour to Tibet in addition to Chinese visa. Tibet Travel Permit varies according to the places that you plan to visit, but the most basic permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. You require this permit as a must entry pass to Tibet.
Foreign tourists generally require to have four kinds of documents to travel in Tibet.
As Tibet is under the jurisdiction of China, travelers need to obtain their first document, Chinese Visa, for the purpose of entering China. Tourists can apply for it in a Chinese Embassy overseas or in Hong Kong.
Sample Of Chinese Visa
Tibet Travel Permit
The Tibet Travel Permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). It is Tibet visa, for the purpose of entering Tibet.
A Sample of Tibet Entry Permit
You need to have Tibet Travel Permit to enter into Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibetan Autonomous Region Tour operators can obtain Tibet Entry Permit for most tourists. If you take a flight or train to Lhasa, you will be asked to show this permit during check-in. Furthermore, the permit is also needed by groups who are traveling by road. But this will be arranged by the travel agency organizing the trip.
Important Issues About Tibet Travel Permit
1. Only after having your Tibet Travel Permit can a travel agency buy air tickets for you. You can then pass airport check-in.
2. Even if you have the Tibet Travel Permit, you cannot travel anywhere outside of Lhasa city. If you want to get out of Lhasa, you have to apply for another permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit.
3. Generally speaking, it takes three working days to get the Tibet Travel Permit if you submit all the necessary documents on time.
Aliens’ Travel Permit
Public Security Bureau issues the Alien’s Travel Permit . It is required when tourists are planning to travel to the ‘unopened’ areas of Tibet, like Mount Everest Base Camp in Shigatse, Samye Monastery in Tsedang.
A Sample of Aliens’ Travel Permit
You require Aliens’ Travel Permit to visit ‘unopened’ areas. Public Security Bureau, “PSB” issues the Aliens’ Travel Permit. Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa. For tour groups, our guide will ask you for the passport and Tibet Travel Permit, which they will submit to the Foreign Affairs Division of the PSB for the Aliens’ Permit. It normally takes several hours and the cost is 50 CNY per person. If you travel alone, you need to join local tours to ‘unopened’ areas, and the local travel agencies will arrange the PSB for you as well. Pay attention, no travel agency can provide ‘Alien’s Travel permit-only’ service.
Closed Areas of Tibet
You need to apply for a Alien’s Travel permit if you are planning to visit the following places:
Tsedang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, Yumbulakhang
Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
Ngari Region: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Years, etc.
Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso, etc.
Chamdo Region: Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.
Military Area Entry Permit
You require The military area entry permit if you are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas in Tibet. Like Mount Kailash in Ali, Rowok Lake in Chamdo.
A sample of Military Area Entry Permit.
Sensitive borders such as Mt. Kailash and eastern Tibet not only require a Military Area Entry Permit, but also a Foreign Affairs Permit. For Tholing and Tsaparang in western Tibet, you will also need a permit from the local Cultural Antiquities Department. Global Link Tours & Travel will arrange this one month before you enter Tibet. The military affairs office issues the Military Area Permit while the Foreign affairs office in Lhasa issues Foreign Affairs Permit . It normally takes 10-15 working days to get them all.
Tibet Permit Application Procedure
1. Email us the photo copy of your passport and Chinese Visa at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.
There are three main types of Chinese Visa, “L”,”F”,“Z”, including other types for studying, travelling and working.
Please refer to Apply for Tibet Visa to understand what Travel documents you need to prepare.
Note: Any Visa issued by associations like APEC is not equal to Chinese Visa for Tibet Travel Permit application.
2. If you work or live in China or visit China for business purpose, you will need to offer a certificate to prove your purpose for visiting China.
We herewith confirm that your full name , Passport Number, is working at your company name since the date you join in this company to work as your position .
(for visiting) Visit our company for your purpose , from the date you star visiting to the date you end visiting.If you have any question concerning with your full name, please feel free to contact the telephone number and fax number of your company
2. Your Tibet Travel Permit will be issued within 2-5 working days after we pass your documents to Tibet Tourism Bureau.
You will get the Tibet Travel Permit to the city from which you depart to Tibet. Please let us know the address and telephone number of your hotel in that city 15 days before you arrive in China. If we want you to pick up the documents at our branch office in that city, we will mention it in the contract.
3. Travelers need to offer unfeigned, effective and related credential, license or certificate through which CITS Tibet Travel Org will apply for necessary permits.
Once any counterfeit credential, license or certificate from travelers is confirmed, Global Link Tours & Travel reserves the right to cancel the corresponding trip, without any refund. Necessary compensation from travelers also occurs when any counterfeit made by the travelers induces loss to Global Link Tours & Travel.
Please pay attention: When there are important political events or any indication of such political or social unrest, the government may not issue Tibet Travel Permit. Although the authorities are defusing conflicts day by day, it is still a problem out of our control. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will get the Tibet Travel Permit under those circumstances. Moreover, we cannot predict when it will happen. Please do understand and take it into consideration when planning your trip to Tibet. However, it is not necessary to worry too much because it rarely happens. Please do not believe it unless you get an announcement from the government.
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