Tibet Travel Permit

Tibet Travel Permit is a must-have document for any traveler planning a trip to Tibet. Travel to Tibet requires a valid Chinese visa as well as additional travel documentation (a Tibet Travel Permit). Without it, you are not able to enter the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

Once you have decided on a Tibet trip with us and signed a contract, we will take care of obtaining your Tibet travel permit on your behalf.

All you have to do is send us copies of your passport and China visa via email. You are welcome to visit Tibet after we have received the Tibet Travel Permit, which should be ready in a week or two.

What Is Tibet Travel Permit?

The Tibet Travel Permit is also know as Tibet Entry Permit or Tibet Visa, which will be issued from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. This document is a two-page binder.  The first page is content with; “From where you will enter Tibet, as well as a list of all the places you originally intended to see in Tibet.” The information in the traveler’s passport is contained on the second page. 

The passport information for the entire group will be visible.

It’s always preferable to plan your vacation as early as you can, as the Tibet Travel Permit process may take some time.

According to your Tibet trip plans, the Tibet Travel Permit application procedure typically takes 14 to 20 days. The procedure may often take longer if you are planning to visit the Mt. Kailash region. 

Due to office closures occasionally triggered by China National Holidays, obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit may take longer.

How to obtain The Tibet Travel Permit?

  • Contacting a Tibet based travel agency: The most formal way to receive the Tibet travel Permit is to contact a Tibet based travel agency, who specialize in organizing trips in Tibet. They will apply your Tibet Visa application from the Tibet Tourism Bureau.
  • Plan Tibet Tour itinerary: Once you decided to visit Tibet, you will need to speak with the travel agency about your detail tour itinerary in Tibet. Which will include all the places that you plan to visit, the dates of your travel and accommodations.
  • Get receive a China visa: You will need a valid China Visa before applying the Tibet Travel Permit. You can apply for the China Visa from the China Embassy or China Consulate based in your home country.
    If you plan to come from Nepal, then you’re not allow to apply for the China visa from your home country. Instead, you’ll have to apply the China Group Visa also known as Tibet Group Visa. This visa will be provided from China Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal for the foreigners who are intended to enter Tibet from Nepal side.
  • Tibet travel permit: Your travel agency in Tibet will connect the soft copy of your China Visa and Passport and submit them for applying the Tibet Travel permit to the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Normally, the procedure will take around one to two weeks according to your travel destinations in Tibet. If you are planning to visit Mt. Kailash, then the process may take around 20 days or more. The Tibet Tourism Bureau will be closed during the official holidays; therefore, it is the best to summit the application before a month tour departure date.

Once your Tibet Travel Permit is approved from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, your travel agency will send the original hard copy of the permit to your hand. You will have to present your Tibet Visa along with your passport while you’re boarding on flights, train or entering Tibet from Tibet Nepal Border.

Additional Tibet Travel Permits Required

Tibet Travel permit
Tibet Travel Permit Info

Travelers who wish to visit the unopened Areas, such as Mount Kailash and the Everest Base Camp. The Alien’s Travel Permit is one of the supplementary documents you need. It is distributed by the Public Security Bureau, which has offices in some districts, like Shigatse, Tsedang, Nyintri (Bayi), etc. We require your passports, visas, and Tibet Travel Permit in order to apply. If the offices are open, this procedure would go swiftly.

Tibet Travel Permit
Aliens' Travel Permit

Tibet Travel Permits can be used in touristically opened parts of Tibet, therefore we will apply based on the itinerary you have arranged with us. However, the majority of Tibet’s autonomous regions, including Kailash, the Everest Base Camp, and the majority of the Eastern and Southern Parts, are closed. For that, we will arrange other papers, such as the Alien’s Travel Permits & Military Permits.

Military Permit

For visitors wishing to enter restricted regions like the border, Mt. Kailash, and similar places, military permits are necessary. Without causing you any problems, we will apply for this permit.

FAQ on Tibet Travel Permit

What is Tibet Travel Permits?

It is the most indispensable Travel Document to enter Tibet. Without which foreigners will not allow to enter Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Therefore, every traveler must-get this travel document from Tibet based Travel Agency

Who requires Tibet Travel Permit?
How to apply Tibet Travel Permit?
Where you can get The Tibet Permit?

We’ll send the hard copy of the document through Fastest mail Services to your temporary address in China. 

  • That could be your hotel in China;
  • hand delivery at the Airport


I traveled with Tibet Nature Tour for two weeks on a private, customized tour of Amdo, Lhasa, and the surrounding area. Together, we created a tour that fit my needs and utilized their vast experience. I was given access to knowledgeable drivers and guides who were familiar with the landscape and who deepened the cultural, historical, and spiritual experience. There isn’t a better way to combine planning, assistance, information, and direction, in my opinion. Everything about the plan—the accommodations, the tempo, and the scope—was ideal. Being adaptable is necessary for this environment because unforeseen incidents or schedule changes are probably going to happen. Everything was handled expertly.


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Tibet Flight Information
Tibet Flight Info

Lhasa Gonkhar Airport receives over 80 flights daily. Many of these flights are from major mainland cities. There are just two flights from Kathmandu, Nepal, in a week. Wednesday and Friday are generally the days that flights from Kathmandu are available. Due to high demand, you probably find flights to Lhasa on other days of the week.

Tibet Train Information
Tibet Train Info

Tibet began to receive trains from China in 2008. Many who were concerned about getting altitude sickness no longer needed to be anxious because of train journey would give them plenty of time to acclimatize. Xining is the ideal station to catch a train to Lhasa. We can help by getting you a train ticket to Lhasa from Xining or other major cities.

Hotels in Tibet
Hotels in Tibet

Due to recent years’ development in the Tourism Industry, the average of every hotel in Tibet had leveled up. Therefore we try to find the most suitable accommodation for you. 

6 Days Tibet Culture Tour
Tibet Festivals

Tibet is well-known for its Rich Culture and traditional spiritual life.  We offer tailor-made special tours for you to enjoy the trips during Tibetan Festivals.