Visa & Travel Permit for Tibet

Tibet Visa
There are overall four documents required for foreign tourists who want to travel freely in Tibet. One is the Chinese Visa, which you can apply for in Chinese Embassy in your country, one is Tibet Permit, which you have to obtain it in order to enter Tibet, one is the Travel Permit when you are planning to travel to the closed areas in Tibet which you can obtain it after you arrive in Tibet, and the other is the Military Permit, which you have to obtain if you are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas. As a local travel agency, we are able to assist you the process all of those above documents if you book a tour with us.

Tibet Permit
Tibet Permit, also known as Tibet Tourism Bureau (T.T.B.) Permits, is necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and is obtained as part of tour arrangements for travel to Tibet.It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau for restricting the number of foreign tourists traveling in Tibet.

Visa & Permit to go to Tibet

Currently, a Chinese Visa is not enough to visit Tibet. You will also need several Tibet Permits, including Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB Permit), Alien Travel Permit (PSB Permit) and Military Permit which are issued by three different Tibet authority bureaus. Among these three permits, the TTP Permit is the most important one that you need to buy a flight or train ticket and board flight or train to Tibet. Besides, the TTP is needed to apply the following two permits: Alien Travel Permit and Military Permit.

  1. TTB (Tibet Entry Permit) - It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau and is a must for foreign tourists entering Tibet. When you check in your flight to Tibet, you have to showcase your original TTB Permit. While if you take a train into Tibet, only a copy of your TTB Permit is needed. The TTB Permit is your key to Tibet.
  2. PSB (Alien's Travel Permit) - It is required when you are planning to travel to the remote areas in Tibet, which you can obtain it after you arrive in Tibet. PSB Permit can be issed in the capital city of each prefectures in Tibet by local Public Secuiry Bureau.
  3. Military Permit - you have to obtain if you are planning to travel to some sensitive areas, for example - Nagri.

How to get Tibet Permit

To get Tibet Permits, you need:

  1. work out a detailed itinerary in Tibet and book a tour from a China travel agency.
  2. pay for a tour guide for your every day tour(your travel agency will arrange for you).
  3. hire a vehicle(nomally a 4WD) for your transportation outside Lhasa(your travel agency will arrange for you).
  4. send a deposit to your travel agency through Paypal or bank transfer
  5. send a scan of your passport information and China visa.
  6. arrange a detailed address in China(hotel, guesthouse or local agency) to receive your posted TTP permit.

Why permit needed for foreigners?

Considering the special ethnic traditions, the cultural relics, the environmental protection and the transportation capacity of Tibet, when non-Chinese citizens, including US citizens, UK citizens, Americans, Australians, Canadians, Indians, German citizens, French, etc, you need not only a Chinese Visa but also Tibet entry permit (also called Tibet visa or Lhasa visa).