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Tibet Travel Permit Requirements

Traveler wishing to visit Tibet must obtain different type of permits from authorized government offices. There will be different requirements for Tibet Travel Permits based on the places travelers plan to visit during the trip however the main permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet. This is compulsory pass for every foreigners wishing to visit Tibet. Tibet is a unique land to travel with various indigenous backgrounds, traditional inheritance and protected land. Thus any foreigners (Taiwan and overseas Chinese tourists (except for Hong Kong and Macao residents holding Chinese passports or return certificates)) prescribed by National Tourism Administration have to get a Tibet Travel Permit before they are allowed to enter Tibet. All foreigners mentioned above except for diplomats, journalists and government officials can get their Tibet travel permits through a travel agency. For diplomats, journalists and government officials, the permits are processed through Tibet Foreign Affairs Office.

Generally, there will be 4 types of permits to travel in Tibet.

  1. Chinese Visa (Compulsory for all foreigners planning to enter Tibet)
  2. Tibet Travel Permit (Compulsory for all foreigners)
  3. Aliens Travel Permit (Only compulsory for travelers planning to visit following areas:
    1. Tsedang: Samye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, Yumbulakhang
    2. Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
    3. Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
    4. Ngari Region: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Years, etc.
    5. Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawo-tso, etc.
    6. Chamdo Region: Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.
  4. Military Area Entry Permit (Required for travelers planning to visit Military sensitive areas)

Some regions in Tibet also require foreign affair permits. Please consult with us prior to confirming your trip.