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How to get Tibet permit (TTB)


1.什么人需要办理入藏函?(Who needs a TTB permit when going to Tibet)

Answer:  Foreigners who have foreign passports and Chinese resident of Taiwan need to get a TTB Permit, except diplomats, journalists, and government
officials who should travel to Tibet under the arrangement by the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government.

2.外宾需要提供的个人资料。(Materials you need to offer us)L visa
Answer:We just need the scan-pages of your passport photo-page and visa-page, if you the type of your visa is L.
回答:台湾人,需要提供台胞证照片页和签注页二页、不可用护照和台湾身份证。(彩色扫描件,电子版 JPG 格式)
Answer:Chinese resident of Taiwan Need to provide MTP photo page and the endorsement page 2, Can’t use passports and identity cards in Taiwan.

3.签证类型不是旅游签的客人需要提供什么资料?(Materials need to offer if the type of your visa is not L.)
回答:  签证类型不是旅游签的客人工作签需要提供工作证明学生需提供学习证明
Answer:   If the type of you visa is not L ,it is F/Z or others types we need your working proof or studying proof.

4.办理入藏函需要多少时间。(How long does take to get TTB Permit)
回答:火车进藏需要 5-7 个工作日,飞机进藏需要 7-10 个工作日  如果去林芝地珠峰等军事边境地区需要 10 个工作日。
Answer:3-5 Working days if go to Tibet by train  。7-10working days if go to Tibet by air,If go to Nyingchi or Everest needs 10 working days.

If you do not book any tour (Like Land cruiser with driver ,guide, hotel ) from us, we can not help you get the permit. No travel
agency can provide "permit-only" service.

Only the guide could hold the permit after you in Tibet. You are not allowed to bring with it and travel to anywhere you want because except Lhasa you need another permit named as "Aliens’ Permit". Otherwise if you are stopped by the police you will be sent out of Tibet or have trouble politically and economically. Furthermore, the travel agency which helped to get you the permit will also be in trouble.

When you apply for China visa, please do not mention Tibet. After you get China visa you can easily get Tibet permit. Otherwise you have to wait for Tibet permit and then you can get China visa. Of course you will face the risk of that you might be refused to come to Tibet even if you get China visa but your destination is .


Please contact us before you have a tour, in case we can have enough time to arrange everything for you!

Travel Documents Needed for Travelling in Tibet (A,B,C,D,E)

A   Passport
All individuals entering Tibet must hold a passport valid for at least six months.

B   China Visa or Tibet Group Visa
1. Entering Tibet via Mainland China, firstly you need to apply China visa for entry to China
Tibet is part of China, under the Chinese Central Government"s Sovereignty. Thus to travel from China to Tibet, you have to obtain a China Visa before getting to Tibet. Visas for individual travel in China are very easy to get from most Chinese embassies. Most Chinese embassies and consulates will issue a standard 30-day, single entry tourist visa in three to five working days (an "L" Visa means travel). If you are lucky, some embassies abroad may give you a 60 or even 90days. But in Hong Kong it is very easy to get a 90 day visa; most agencies can arrange it in one day. If you want more flexibility to enter and leave China several times, most Chinese embassies will issue a double-entry visa.Well, for those who are to work,study or live temporarily in China, you may need the other related China Visa such as "F" Visa,"X" Visa or "Z" Visa, etc. All these kind of visa holders can travel in Tibet with the Tibet entry permits and other travel permits which can be obtained by local travel agency in Tibet with strict and serious procedure. More info about China Visa, please click this link: China visa

Tips when you apply for a China visa to Tibet:
You"d better not mention Tibet or any places in Tibet such as Lhasa, Everest as your travel destination when applying for China visa (China Embassy in Kathmandu is the exceptional) because you may be refused by stating that you will go there. Otherwise, you need to get a Tibet Permit beforehand and apply for a China visa with it then which gets more complicated.

2. Entering Tibet via Nepal by land or air, If you want to enter Tibet from Nepal, you have to get your TIBET GROUP VISA in the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu, no matter whether you have already Chinese visa or not. Tibet Group Visa is a A4 size sheet of paper, with all members of the tour and their passport numbers, date of birth and occupations listed. The dates of entry and exit are precisely mentioned. Usually, the visa is valid for the length of the trip you have booked but it"s possible to get visa for few additional days, for stay in Lhasa only. There will be two original copies of Group Visa, one for immigration at the entry and one for exit. We can easily help you with the Tibet Group visa application.

C  Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits-Tibet Entry permits
Tibet entry permit first page and second page covering your travel info and names,etc
Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and are obtained through tour operators as part of arrangements for travel; A T.T.B. permit does not obviate the need for an Aliens" Travel Permit for any closed areas that may be visited.
After you decide to travel with us, we will help you to obtain your Tibet Travel Permits. It will be quite simple for you, just need to send us:
Full name | Gender | Date of birth | Passport number | Nationality | Occupation
Also, we need the photos copies of passport and Chinese visa by email attachment or fax.
Keep in mind:
1) All info should be exactly the same as on your passport. And you need to tell us your occupation because journalists and people that could be involved in political matters could be revoked (they need more complicated procedure to get a permit).
2) Please note that if you do not book any tour from us, we can not help you get the permits. No travel agency can provide "permit-only" service. A must service includes tour vehicle and tour guide. Here is some important issues about Tibet Travel Permit.

D   Aliens" Travel Permits (PSB"s)
Permits to visit places that are not declared open are known as Aliens" Travel Permits, or PSB"s. They are issued by the police (Public Security Bureau, "PSB"). A single permit is normally issued to all the people who are traveling together, the permit naming just one of them and stating how many others are accompanying him; the passports, or at least photocopies of passports and visas, of all persons traveling must be presented in order to obtain a permit.
1. If you only travel to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, there is no need to apply PSB.
2. If you want to do an overland tour from Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai or Xinjiang province to Tibet, we need your Entry Stamp to China to apply the PSB before your tour starts. quick Links to: China visa, Nepal Visa

E   Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit
Tibet Military Permit and Foreign affairs permit documents are for travel to some military sensitive areas such as Yunnan/Sichuan to Tibet overland, Kailash Manasarovar, Pomi, etc.These documents are important and normally the application needs to be prepared one month in advance. So early tour confirmaiton with local Tibet travel agent is necessary.

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