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.
At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, we organize Tibet group tour for more than three hundred Tibet groups coming from different parts of the world. Tibet Shambhala Adventure is an officially registered under the administration of Tibet tourism Bureau for our China inbound tour license and under the administration of China National Tourism Board for our outbound tours so with our many years of experience and effort in arranging Tibet travel permit and Tibet group visa, we can guarantee your Tibet travel permit on time.
As a tourist who is planning a trip to Tibet through online, We think it is essential for the travelers to check online that the so-called Tibet local agencies whether they have official Tibet travel agency certificate or not, which has to be given by the Tibet Tourism Bureau with the exact company registered name and website name.
For Example, Tibet Shambhala Adventure Co. Ltd is our officially registered name and our name as Tibet Shambhala Adventure is in our certificate with the stamp of China National Tourism Board and our website name is also the same as our certificate name. So when we make the Tibet travel permit, we are working directly with Tibet Tourism Bureau and other related government office departments, in this way, we can guarantee you to get Tibet travel permit and can update you with any kinds of new information relating Tibet travel permits and Tibet group visa.
Be careful when you book a Tibet tour online because many of the websites who sell Tibet tours are not registered Tibet travel companies. These websites buy the Tibet tour permit from the registered Tibet travel companies. So be aware when you make a Tibet tour booking with these type of sites, it is hazardous and risky for you. Therefore, it is essential to ask them to provide you with the Tibet travel company certificate which is written in English. If the name of the document is different than the website, they are surely not a registered company, and in this case, you need to be very careful.
Getting Tibet group visa is for the tourists who are coming from Nepal to Tibet. If you first fly to Nepal and then plan to travel to Tibet, you must get a Tibet group visa from the Chinese embassy in Nepal. You should not obtain the China visa from the Chinese embassy in your own countries. When we mention Tibet group visa, you might get confused that you might need more than five people to join with you for Tibet tour, but actually, it is not necessary to have that many people to get Tibet group visa. You can get Tibet group visa and Tibet tour permit for a single person as well. Why it is called Tibet group visa is because it is given on an A4 paper, not on your passport.
Many tourists are confused with Tibet travel permit, and Tibet travels visa. When you travel to Tibet from any cities in mainland China, you are compulsory to obtain your China visa first from the Chinese embassies in your own countries, and it is called China visa, not Tibet travel visa. Since Tibet is also under China, the same China visa can be used for your Tibet travel. Once you get a China visa, you need to send it to your Tibet local agency to get your Tibet tour permit or Tibet travel permit. It is not called a Tibet travel visa. There is only one China visa for both mainland China and Tibet.