THE CHINA TIBET VISA:
Almost all People’s Republic of China (PRC) embassies in foreign countries issue individual tourist visas for China, which can also be used for Tibet. At Chinese embassies in most countries, you are typically given a 30- or 60-day visa. Visas cannot be extended in Tibet , but can be easily extended in cities such as Chengdu and Kunming.
After you have obtained your visa, Happy Tibet Tours can arrange your Tibet entry permit and flight tickets (or road permits) in advance and deliver them to you in the city in China from which you are entering Tibet .
As per today’s regulation of PRC, you will not be able to obtain an ordinary individual tourist visa for China from the embassy in Kathmandu unless you have proof of an air ticket to a city within China such as Chengdu (that is, not to Tibet ).
If you want to travel to Tibet from Nepal , you must get a group visa from a travel agent in Kathmandu who will go to the Chinese embassy on your behalf. These ‘group’ visas typically cannot be extended once in Tibet and/or China. If you intend to enter Tibet from Nepal you should not get a China tourist visa before you arrive in Nepal as it will be cancelled.
No matter how large or small your group, Tibet Shambhala Adventure can arrange your group visa in Kathmandu through our affiliate agents there for up to 2 months duration, as well as the Tibet entry and road permits. The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu works for visa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only and normally we have to apply the visa on Monday and then get the visa on Wednesday or Friday.
The visa fee in Kathmandu has been increased from this year. The new visa fee is as below:
Visa fee for Europeans and Asians:
Normal: U.S. $58 ( Need 1 week to apply)
Urgent: U.S. $80 ( Need 3 days at least)
Top urgent: U.S. $114 ( Same day)
Visa fee for Americans:
Normal: U.S. $142 ( Need 1 week to apply)
Urgent: U.S. $164 ( Need 3 days at least)
Top urgent: U.S. $198 ( Same day)
HOW MANY KINDS OF TIBET TRAVELING PERMITS DO I NEED?
Regardin Tibet entry and road permits, we have several different kinds of permits that are required to be made before you start your trip.
Generally, we need to make your Tibet entry and road permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau for the normal tours, such as Everest base camp tour, Lhasa city tour,Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse,and Natso tour. But for the restricted traveling areas, including Mount Kailash tour, Eastern Tibet tour or, Kham trekking, we need to make four different kinds of Tibet entry and road permits from four different government.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
For the normal Tibet tour, it will take one week to complete and it will take two weeks to complete for the restricted traveling areas mentioned above.
HOW DO I OBTAIN TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
To get a Tibet traveling permit, you always need a good local travel agent. That’s why Tibet Shambhala Adventure is here for you and you can confidently trust in us for all your Tibet trip arrangement. It is really easy for us to arrange your Tibet traveling permits, as we are a fully registered local travel agent, authorized by the China National Tourism Bureau, in Beijing, and Tibet Tourism Bureau, in Lhasa, respectively.
DOES THE “NO OF PAX” MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO GET TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
No matter how large or small your group or even if you are just one person, Tibet Shambhala Adventure can arrange your Tibet entry and road permits without any problem. Besides, we arrange two-month permits when we have special clients who are willing to travel longer.
WHAT ARE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE WORKING DAYS?
The related government offices work from Monday to Friday afternoon and we need to apply with all your documents for the permits in the morning and withdraw the permits in the afternoon during those working days.
DO I ALWAYS NEED TO SHOW TIBET PERMITS AT THE AIRPORT OR TRAIN STATION?
There are two ways of beginning your Tibet trip. If you come to Tibet from mainland China, you need to show Tibet entry and road permits at your boarding gate. After we finish your Tibet entry and road permit, we will deliver them in the city in mainland China from which you are entering Tibet.
If you come from Nepal to Tibet, you do not need to show your Tibet permit at the airport in Nepal. You can directly board in and your Tibet entry and road permit will come with your local Tibetan guide when he comes to pick you up at the airport.
DO I NEED TO MAKE ANOTHER PERMIT AFTER MY ARRIVAL IN TIBET?
Yes, you need to make another permit, known as P.S.B permit ( aliens permit ) if you are traveling out of Lhasa after your arrival. Please bear in mind that we need your original passport and visa to issue the P.S.B permit. Without the original passport or visa, we cannot make this permit.