How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit for Foreign Visitors
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How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit for Foreign Visitors

Update: Aug. 31st, 2012

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How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit for Foreign Visitors – Relevant Provisions

Based on the regulation of national laws, in view of special Tibetan national traditions and the need of cultural relics and environment protection, and in consideration of transportation and reception facilities in Tibet, government regulated that foreign visitors, visitors from Taiwan and oversea Chinese (except Hong Kong, Macao residence who are holding SAR passport or Hometown Return Permit), need to apply for Tibet Travel Permit before coming into Tibet. At the same time, the government also regulated that foreign journalists, government officials and diplomats can not come into Tibet as visitors.

It is regulated by National Tourism Bureau that foreign visitors, Taiwan visitors and Overseas Chinese (except Hong Kong, Macao residence who are holding SAR passport or Hometown Return Permit) are not allowed to visit Tibet independently. No matter how many visitors in this group, they must be organized by Tibet travel agency, and have the tour based on plan. It is regulated by Tibet Tourism Bureau that there are five, or over five visitors with same nationality, departure date, the same entry city and with the same way can apply for Tibet Travel Permit.

How to Apply Tibet Travel Permit for Foreign Visitors – Brief Procedure

Necessary Documents for Tibet Travel Permit Application: If you are holding Chinese L Visa, you only need to provide the scanned copy of your passport and Chinese Visa. If you are working in China, you need to send us the scanned copy of your passport and the residence permit page on you Chinese Visa, and the certification issued by your company or organization.

After the documents are done, you need to confirm the enty and exit city and specific way (by air or train) to arrive in Tibet and depart Tibet, the time duration in Tibet, tour route, reception standard and visitor numbers in the group.

After these detailed information confirmed, the Tibet travel agency will apply Tibet Travel Permit for visitors. The time for Tibet Travel Permit application is about 3-7 working days for common route. If you want to go the areas which is not open for foreign visitors, it may need about 15 working days to apply Tibet Travel Permit.

After the Tibet Travel Permit application is done, the Tibet travel agency will send the Tibet Travel Permit to visitors. If you come into Tibet by train, you only need the copy of Tibet Travel Permit. If you come into Tibet by air, you need the original Tibet Travel Permit to check in at the airport.

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