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CHINESE VISA AND TIBET TRAVEL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Tibet Travel Permit is a must for international tourists to tour Tibet. But many feel confused about the application of the permit, and think it is difficult to get one.Well, the truth is that you can get your Tibet permit in an easy way, by following our advice. As the leading tour operator based in Lhasa, we can help you to get the Tibet Travel Permit successfully.

🅰️ At present, all types of China Visas have resumed. You can plan your dream Tibet trip now and apply for your Chinese tourist visa with ease. If you require any assistance with the visa application, we are here to help. We can provide a visa invitation letter if necessary.  Once you have a valid passport and China Visa, obtaining your Tibet Travel Permit is simple. Just share your travel plans with us, and we’ll handle the rest. Guaranteed Tibet Travel Permit before your departure!

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🅱️  China with a 15-day Visa-Free Entry Effective from December 1st, 2023 to November 30th, 2024, travelers from France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia are granted a visa-free entry to China for a duration of 15 days.

  • up to 30 days visa-free stay: Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Dominica, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, Suriname, Seychelles, Thailand, Tonga, and UAEup to 60 days visa-free stay:

  • Mauritiusup to 90 days visa-free stay: Armenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and San Marino Citizens of all other countries need to apply for a visa before traveling to China.

This exemption applies to various purposes including tourism, business visits, transit, as well as visiting friends and relatives in China. Plan your trip to China and take advantage of the best deals in 2024 with Tibetan Tours. We would be delighted to customize a flexible private China tour for you. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your travel plans

Please, note, that citizens of the countries listed below can travel visa-free only when you are entering Tibet from China.

Citizens of countries that can travel to Tibet visa-free:

The two types of potential for Chinese Visa  application
  • 🅰️ Chinese Visa Application 
  • 🅱️ Chinese Group Visa Application  

🅰️ Chinese visa Application,   Important!  When applying for a Chinese visa, don’t list Tibet on your travel itinerary. It will delay the visa processing time. The embassy might require you to present a Tibet Travel Permit, which is impossible to get without a valid Chinese visa. Simply list any city in China as your travel destination such as Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, etc.

It is absolutely legal to travel to places that you didn’t list in the itinerary in your visa application.

You can apply for a Chinese tourist visa from your home country. You can also do so at most Chinese embassies or consulates based around the world. Document requirements and the cost of a visa vary depending on the country of your citizenship.

The typical list of required documents for tourist (L) visa:

  • Online application: fill it out in advance and print confirmation

  • Passport, valid for at least 6 months 

  • Copies of passport and previous Chinese visas (if you have any)

  • Passport Photo

  • Travel documents: flight tickets and hotel reservations (have to match the itinerary listed on your application). This requirement is waived for US citizens applying for Chinese visas in the United States.

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   IF YOU ALREADY HAVE CHINESE VISA  COMING TO TIBET FROM CHINA

  • Tourist visa: you only need to send us a copy of your visa and passport in advance. With these documents, we will apply for a Tibet Travel Permit. 

  • Student visa: in addition to your visa, you need to ask for a letter from the school stating the details of the purpose of your visit and a copy of your student ID card.

  • Work visa: in addition to a visa, please prepare a letter from work with details of the purpose of your visit with an official stamp and a copy of your work permit.

  • For all other visa types, please for details.

 🅱️ Chinese Group visa for travelers from Nepal, Important! If you already have a Chinese visa and you are entering Tibet from Nepal, you still have to apply for a group visa. We will assist you with the application process. 

2024 update:

Starting in 2023, a Chinese group visa is issued to a group of at least 5 travelers. All 5 people have to follow the same itinerary and enter and exit Tibet and China on the same dates.

Group visa allows single entry to China. It is issued on a list of paper and not stamped in your passport. Applications for the group visa are not accepted from individuals by the Chinese Embassy. We will help you to submit your application through our trusted partner in Kathmandu. Please allow at least 3 business days for processing.

The group visa will include personal information on everyone in your group, as well as entry and exit dates. To apply for this visa, you will need to have a visa invitation letter sent by a tour agency located in Tibet. Our office can prepare this for you, helping you secure the paperwork needed for travel.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Our trusted agent will meet you in Kathmandu.

  2. You will fill out an application and submit payment for the visa depending on the urgency and country of your citizenship (please refer to price section)

  3. Once the visa is approved, the agent will pick it up at the Embassy and return your passport and visa to you.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Application

  • Passport, valid for at least 6 months 

  • Copies of passport and previous Chinese visas (if you have any)

  • Passport Photo

In addition, you will be asked to visit the embassy for a biometric appointment.

PROCESSING TIME

We can submit visa applications from Monday to Friday excluding holidays.

Depending on the urgency, a visa can be issued within 3-5 business days if we apply before 11 am. Please allow at least 3 full working days in Nepal to receive your visa.

CHINESE GROUP VISA FEES

The visa price consists of two parts: the visa fee and the processing fee.

The processing fee is $20-$45 per person depending on the number of travelers in a group.

The visa fee depends on the nationality of the applicant. Please, refer to the table below for processing fees in 2024:

 What is Tibet Travel Permit?

The Tibet Permit, also known as the Tibet Entry Permit, is a mandatory document that allows foreign travelers to enter and travel within Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), which is a restricted area in China. While some may call is as the Tibet Visa, it's crucial to note that it is not exactly correct as Tibet is a part of China.

The Tibet Permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) and is required for all foreign travelers, regardless of whether they are traveling independently or with a group. The permit is intended to regulate and guide tourism in the region, and it's issued only to travelers who book a tour with a registered travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. It's important to note that the Tibet Permit is not the same as the Chinese visa, and it's a separate document that you enter Tibet. Without the permit, you will not be allowed to enter or travel within Tibet, so it's essential to obtain it before your trip.

Mistake 1: Assuming that All Tourists Need a Tibet Travel Permit ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 2: Believing that Obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit is Complicated ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 3: Choosing a Worldwide Travel Agency over a Local Tibetan Agency ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 4: Thinking that Many Documents are Required for Tibet Travel Permit ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 5: Considering that Independent Travel to Tibet is Allowed  ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 6: Believing the Tibet Travel Permit Can be Applied Anytime before Departure ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 7: Assuming Only a Tibet Travel Permit is Enough to Enter Tibet from Nepal ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Mistake 8: Neglecting other Necessary Documents for Restricted Areas ❌

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Conclusion

One common mistake is assuming that all tourists must obtain the Tibet Travel Permit before visiting Tibet. However, this is not the case. International tourists, overseas Chinese tourists without a Chinese passport, expats residing in mainland China, and Taiwanese citizens are required to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit. For Hong Kong and Macau citizens, on the other hand, you can visit Tibet without the Tibet Travel Permit if you possess a Home Visit Permit (also known as Mainland Travel Permit). However, diplomats and journalists must apply for the Tibet Permit exclusively through the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

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