Chinese Visa and Tibet Entry Permit Requirements
a foreign tourist or mountaineer visiting Tibet you
must have a valid passport. You should also possess
a visa issued by a Chinese Embassy unless from a country
that has visa exemption agreements with China. A Chinese
Visa will not entitle you to travel to Tibet. The Tibet
Tourism Bureau (TTB), a government agency, also requires
a Tibet Entry Permit.
arranges Visas and
Entry Permits. They will need to have your tour confirmation
and your passport details (Name,
Sex, Nationality, Date of Birth, Passport Number, Occupation)
for submittal to TTB.
is a " foreign tourist"?
"Foreign tourist" refers to the people who
do not have a Chinese ID card. Although Hong Kong and
Taiwan are part of China, these citizens still require
a Tibet Entry Permit.
independent travel allowed in Tibet?
Independent travel is not allowed in Tibet. You should
join an organized group or use an authorized agency
Tibet Travel & Tours.
is the best season for Tibet travels?
April to October is the high season in Tibet,
although, many festivals and tours are organized in
the off season. You may find even more comfort and hospitality,
as there are fewer tourists.
are the known places in Tibet?
Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri,
etc. are the most popular places in Tibet. Tours and
expeditions to the mountains of Everest and Kailas and
the Kharta area are also exciting and challenging.
to enter Tibet? Through China or Nepal?
By Flight There are multiple
flights through China (Beijing, etc) and Kathmandu,
Nepal. These trips will usually guarantee spectacular
views of the Himalayas as well.
Land There are several roads through China
and Kathmandu, Nepal. Overland trips are very popular
and wonderful scenery is all part of the experience.
Land/Flight also popular is to split the
trip into a flight one direction and drive the other.
travel tips can be provided to respect the culture and
traditions of local people?
Tibetan people are very kind and hospitable.
You can feel free to talk with them, but there are some
items to respect.
ask permission before taking photographs of people.
and politics can be sensitive matters. Be cautious
with questions dealing with these topics.
eating dogs, donkeys or horses in Tibet.
can I do with Tibetan beggars?
Religious beggars are an accepted part of society
in Tibet. Giving money or food to a pilgrim is considered
an act of merit. Donations of two or three Yuan (Chinese
currency) are appropriate.
are old men and women dressed in dirty, shredded clothing,
or a young child with a monkey on a chain, you will
know these are the professional beggars. Their actions
have less merit than the religious pilgrims do. Just
wave them off as the locals do or simply walk away.
medicine I should bring for the high elevation?
In addition to the normal medications for traveling
recommended by your doctor, you should bring some thing
to prevent symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Take
time to acclimatize, drink lots of water and bring purification
tablets. People suffering from heart, lung and kidney
diseases should consult a physician before traveling
should I bring for the plateau weather?
Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere allow
the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual
intensity at all times of year. To protect your eyes
and skin, bring a sunhat, sunglasses, lip balm and lotions
sold with SPF ratings, and/or zinc-oxide cream to provide
bring warm clothes with you even in the summer season
for the temperature in Tibet varies a lot in the day
and night time. Light clothing for daytime and comfortable
walking shoes are recommended.
you have any other questions, please inquire