Many tourists from all around the world come to visit Nepal because of its astonishing, diversified landscapes, the empire of the Himalayas and varied cultural practices. Tibet, neighboring to Nepal, stands aloof on the roof of the world; the forbidden land of the Himalayas also draws many travelers in spite of many obstructions. Many tourists wish to visit Tibet.
Himkala Adventure Pvt. Ltd. presents some information regarding the permits and visa to go to Tibet from Nepal. So, get well informed with Tibet Travel permits and visa procedure before you plan for the Tibet tour.
Tibet Travel Permits and Visa Categories
There are mainly 4 documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel legally.
General Information about Tibet Travel Documents
Tibet Group Visa – But If you enter Tibet from Nepal, no Chinese Visa but Tibet Group Visa is needed
Necessary Tibet Travel Documents
Tips when you apply for a Chinese Visa to Tibet: Don’t mention Tibet or any places in Tibet such as Lhasa, Everest as your travel destination when applying for Chinese Visa (Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is the exceptional) because you may be refused by stating that you will go there otherwise you need to get a Tibet Permit beforehand and apply for a Chinese Visa with it which gets more complicated.
You should get Tibet Group Visa in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, no matter whether you have already got Chinese visa or not. A group visa is valid for 15 to 20 days. This visa is not placed in your passport. The Tibet Visa is an A4 size sheet of paper, with the name, sex, nationality, passport number, date of birth and occupation of each member of you group listed. The dates of entry and exit are precisely recorded. Usually the visa is valid only for the length of the trip you have booked but it’s possible to extend the visa for few additional days but only staying for Lhasa. There will be two original copies of the Tibet Group Visa, one for Immigration at entry and another for exit.
Tibet entry first page and second page covering your travel info and names etc
TTB Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and are obtained through tour operators as part of arrangements for travel.
After you decide to travel with us, you send your following details:
Full Name| Gender | Date of Birth | Passport Number | Nationality | Occupation
Note: We need the photocopies of passport and Chinese Visa by e-mail at email@example.com
With this permit you can visit Lhasa, the Potala Palace, Shigatse and Namtso Lake. A Tibet Entry Permit is available for independent traveler now. Only with an Entry Permits, your Travel Agency helps you buy a flight, train ticket to Lhasa. Usually, a Travel Agency needs 20 days to apply for this permit.
Please remember this:
Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens’ Travel Permits. They are issued by the Police (Public Security Bureau, “PSB”). A single permit is normally issued to all the people who are travelling together, the permit naming just one of them and stating now many others are accompanying him; the Passports, or at least photocopies of Passports and visas, of all persons travelling must be presented in order to obtain a permit.
Tibet Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit documents are to travel to some military sensitive areas such as Yunnan, Sichuan to Tibet Overland, Kailash Mansarovar, Pomi etc. These documents are important and normally the application needs to be prepared one month in advance. So, early tour confirmation with travel agency is necessary.