Travelers to Tibet require obtaining special Visa/Permit as well as a Chinese visa. Individual visa is not issued for the Tibet by the Chinese authorities. Those who arrive with a Chinese visa in Nepal, issued by the Chinese Embassy in their country, will not find it valid for entry into Tibet. The visa processing is initiated through authorized travel agency on individual passport or on a sheet of paper listing the members of the group depending on each group size. Original passport has to be submitted along with the Visa Application Letter (Invitation Letter) of Tibetan Tourism Authority to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal or abroad. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal issues Tibet visas only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except Chinese holidays). In order to submit application to obtain the Tibet Visa, the Visa Approval document (issued by Tibet Travel Bureau) is essential. Therefore, one must go through registered Travel Agency as the individuals cannot apply or obtain the group visa themselves.
How to apply for a Tibet Entry Permit?
To get Tibet travel permit you need to have the following passport information
- Name in full (as in Passport),
- Passport number
- Date of birth
Note: Traveler should apply at least 2 weeks before Tibet trip departure for visa procedure.