Tibet Travel Permit is a travel documents other than China Visa. It is issued by Tibet Tourism Board and being required when travel onto Tibet.

It can only be applied after having China Visa OR to be applied together with China Visa

Permits are no longer required for a trip to the east Tibet of Kham and Amdo

  • Kham , the current Western and northern Sichuan Province, and northwest of Yunnan Province
  • Amdo , the current Qinghai province, and southwest of Gansu province


Permit”S” that are required for a Tibet trip

With “S” means the different travel permits that are needed when travel in Tibet. The following below is listed the most common ones:

  • Tibet Travel Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Board, it is the permit that for traveling through Tibet
  • Tibet Culture Travel Permit, issued by Tibet Culture Bureau, it is required when visiting certain sites with high level preservation
  • Alien’s Travel permit, issued by Tibet Public Security Bureau, it is required for visiting certain areas
  • Army permit, it is required for visiting the permitted areas

There are different requirement on permits when travel to different area of Tibet, for example:

To travel in Lhasa only, The required travel documents are just China Visa and Tibet Travel Permit;

If to travel to other regions of Tibet, Say – the east Tibet of Nyingzhi, it is required to have China Visa, Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel permit and Army permit;

Sample Document

Permit Front Page
tibet travel permit
Permit Name list
tibet travel permit name list
China Visa

How to obtain the Permit and Visa

The city that you depart for Lhasa determines the way of obtaining the Permit and Visa

In General, there are two ways to get onto Tibetan plateau:

  • Via Nepal
  • Via other cities in China.
    Among those cities, Chengdu is a city with the most convenience of getting into Tibet and the eastern Tibet of Kham and Amdo

When enter Tibet from Nepal:

You will need to prepare just one document

    • A clear color scan of your passport

A Passport valid for 6 months minimum

Once you have this documents ready, please forward to us, we will apply the travel permit and China Visa both in Lhasa, Tibet

And you will need to have one Tour operator in Kathmandu OR we can provide our local Kathmandu partner which will be responsible for getting the files from China Embassy in Kathmandu

Attention : All visitors do Not need to have a China visa in advance when entering Tibet from Nepal;

When enter Tibet from the city of China mainland:

It is different from the way that you enter Tibet from Nepal.
You will need to have China Visa first, Please visit this page “China Visa” for how to obtain China Visa; once you have your China visa ready, please forward us two documents,

    • A clear color scan of your China travel visa
    • A clear color scan of your passport
    • A Passport valid for 6 months minimum

We will apply and obtain the needed Tibet travel documents before your arrival;

Attention : You will need to obtain China travel visa first; and we will apply your permit or permits in Lhasa, Tibet

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