THE CHINA TIBET VISA:
Almost all PRC embassies in foreign countries issue individual tourist visas for China , which can be used for Tibet also. At Chinese embassies in most countries you are typically given a 30 or 60 days visa.
Try and apply for a 60 day visa. Visas cannot be extended in Tibet , but can be easily extended in cities such as Chengdu , Kunming etc.
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 P.R.C., 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/China.
N.B. 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 or even you are one pax, 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.
N.B 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: US$ 58 ( need 1 week time to apply)
Urgent: US$ 80 ( need 3 days time at least)
Top urgent: US$ 114 ( same day)
Visa fee for Americans:
Normal: US$ 142 ( need 1 week time to apply)
Urgent: US$ 164 ( need 3 days time at least)
Top urgent: US$ 198 ( same day)
HOW MANY KINDS OF TIBET TRAVELING PERMITS DO I NEED?
Regarding on Tibet entry and road permits, we have several different kinds of permits that are necessarily 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, Natso tour etc. But for the restricted traveling areas, including Mount Kailash tour, Eastern Tibet tour, Kham trekking etc, we need to make four different kinds of Tibet entry and road permits from four different government offices such as Tibet entry and road permits from Tibet Tourism Bureau, Foreign affairs office, Military Lhasa head office, Military border head office respectively.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
For the normal Tibet tour, it will take one week period of time to complete and it will take two weeks period of time to complete for the restricted traveling areas mentioned as above.
HOW TO OBTAIN TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
To get 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 fully registered local travel agent, authorized by the China National Tourism Bureau in Beijing and Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa respectively. Besides we are not only experienced but also have very good links in the related work units.
DOES THE NO OF PAX MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO GET TIBET TRAVELING PERMIT?
No matter how large or small your group or even you are one pax, Tibet Shambhala Adventure can arrange your Tibet entry and road permits without any problem. Besides we arrange 2 months duration permits when we have special clients who are willing to travel longer period of time in Tibet.
WHAT ARE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES WORKING DAYS?
The related government offices work from Monday till 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 therefore after we finish your Tibet entry and road permit in advance, 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 can not make this permit.