• Last Updated on Jul 5, 2023

Tibet, the land of serene beauty and rich cultural heritage has once again opened its doors to travelers. China ex-pats can now easily visit Tibet, as the Tibet Permit has been lifted, eliminating any limitations or quarantine requirements. This marks a significant step toward reopening Tibet to foreign travelers who have been unable to visit due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chinese government has announced that effective January 8, 2023, borders will be reopened, and quarantine measures for travelers will be lifted, providing hope for the reopening of Tibet in the spring of 2023. As the situation continues to improve, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to welcome travelers from around the world to experience Tibet's breathtaking landscapes and unique culture. Take the chance to explore one of the most alluring destinations on earth.

As the majestic land of Tibet beckons, we are thrilled to announce that the region is now open to tourists. However, the first group of visitors will likely be China ex-pats, as travelers within mainland China can enter Tibet via train or flight without needing a negative PCR test result or health code. Once you have obtained the necessary Tibet Permit, you can explore the region as before.

In line with recent updates, China has announced that it will reopen its borders on January 8, 2023. This means that overseas passengers can enter China with a negative PCR test result taken 48 hours before departure and will not be required to undergo quarantine upon arrival.

For those planning to visit Tibet with a tourist visa, we anticipate that you will be able to do so in 2023 as soon as China opens its doors to inbound tourism once again. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey to one of the world's most breathtaking destinations.

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What are Tibet Permits Required?

As a foreign citizen, obtaining a Tibet Entry Permit is necessary to access Tibet's stunning and unique region. Whether residing in China or simply visiting, this Permit is required for all non-Chinese passport holders.

Obtaining a Tibet Entry Permit may seem daunting, but it is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is ensure that you have your passport and China visa in order or your Work Permit if you are working in China. From there, our experienced and professional travel agency will handle the rest, making the process as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Additional permits may be required for those looking to explore other parts of Tibet, such as the iconic Mount Everest Base Campor the revered Mount Kailash. These include the Aliens' Travel Permit and Military Area Entry Permit. However, rest assured that our agency will also take care of obtaining these permits for you, ensuring that your journey to Tibet is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Alien's Travel Permit

The Public Security Bureau (PSB) of Tibet is responsible for issuing Alien Travel Permits, also known as PSB Permits. This permit is sought after by travelers who wish to explore the untouched corners of Tibet, such as the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp in Shigatse and the historic Samye Monastery in Tsedang. To obtain this permit, individuals must arrive in Lhasa and have their Tibetan guide submit the necessary documentation, including passport, Chinese Visa/Chinese Group Visa, and Tibet Travel Permit, to the PSB's Foreign Affairs Division. This process typically takes a few hours and incurs a fee of 50 CNY per participant.

Military Travel Permit

The Military Office in Lhasa serves as the point of issuance for Military Permits, which are mandatory for accessing certain remote and military-sensitive areas in Tibet, such as Mt. Kailash and the eastern regions of the autonomous territory. The process of obtaining a Military Travel Permit typically takes 10-15 business days and should be facilitated through a reputable travel agency. To complete the application, provide a copy of your passport and a valid Chinese Group Visa/Chinese visa. Apply for a Military Travel Permit well before your planned trip to Tibet. These permits are required to access Tibet's Ngari, Nyingchi, and Chamdo regions.

Foreign Affairs Permit

Venturing to distant and sensitive locations such as Mt. Kailash and Eastern Tibet requires obtaining a Foreign Affairs Permit and a Military Travel Permit. The Foreign Affairs Office located in Lhasa is responsible for issuing these permits. For those visiting Western Tibet, including the historical sites of Tholing and Tsaparang, visas are granted by the Cultural Antiquities Department. The processing time for these permits typically takes 10-15 business days, and applying through a reputable travel agent is essential. Additionally, provide a copy of your passport and Chinese Group Visa/Chinese visa when applying for the permit. Likewise, submit your application for the pass well before your planned trip to Tibet, as the processing time can be lengthy.

Travel Restrictions for COVID-19 in 2023

After a prolonged period of closure due to COVID-19 precautions, the mystical land of Tibet is now open to foreign visitors again. China ex-pats holding a Tibet Permit can easily travel to the region without limitations or quarantine measures. The region has been one of the least affected by the pandemic, making it a safe destination for travelers.

For inbound travelers, it is essential to note that entry restrictions to China apply before embarking on a journey to Tibet. This includes obtaining a new China visa and undergoing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Tibet, known as the "roof of the world," boasts some of the world's most impressive natural and cultural landmarks. The Potala Palace, the highest "castle" in the world, and Mount Everest, the tallest peak on earth at an altitude of 8,848 meters, are just a few of the highlights. The cultural landscape of Tibet is dominated by Tibetan Buddhism, with numerous monasteries scattered across the region. Experience the spiritual essence of this ancient land and be enchanted by its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

The opportunity to explore Tibet's cultural and historical wonder is readily available for those living in China. With easy access from most major cities, you must prepare a Green Health Code and present negative nucleic acid test results to embark on your journey.

Please note that independent travel is not permitted, and travelers must embark on an organized tour provided by a certified travel agent, who will also provide the necessary Tibet Permit. Following your tour, you can return to your city of residence without quarantine.

The Green Healthy Code and Itinerary Code are required for traveling within China. Unfortunately, travelers outside of China will not be able to visit Tibet in 2022, as it requires obtaining a new China Visa, followed by a 7-day quarantine upon arrival and an additional three months of stay in China before traveling to Tibet.

However, there is hope as China may open its borders in May or June 2023, with vaccinations in China reaching required levels and declining COVID-19 cases worldwide. Please don't give up on planning a Tibet tour for (late) 2023, as most travel agents, including ourselves, often offer early bird deals. So, stay optimistic and start planning your once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tibet!

How to Get a Permit for Tibet Visit?

Since 2008, solo travel to Tibet has been restricted and requires pre-arrangement with a licensed travel agent. Obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit is an essential step for any international traveler visiting the region, and it is mandatory to have one before approaching Tibet. However, applying for a permit is impossible, as the Tibetan Tourism Bureau only accepts applications from certified local travel agencies. Furthermore, obtaining the permit can take some time, so it is crucial to allow sufficient time for the application process before planning your trip.

At our company, we understand the importance of obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit and are committed to assisting and guiding our clients through the process. As a licensed travel agency, we can help our clients obtain permits. The method may vary depending on the starting destination chosen, but we will ensure that all necessary steps are taken to secure access promptly. Rest assured; we are here to assist you and make your journey to Tibet as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Tibet through Nepal 

For those seeking to embark on a journey to Tibet via Nepal, first adhere to a set of procedures to secure the necessary permissions. To begin, travelers must book their Tibet trip with a reputable local travel agency, select the desired itinerary, and make a deposit to finalize the tour contract. Additionally, a digital copy of the passport must be provided to the agency via email.

Once the tour contract is in place, the travel agency will gather all necessary travel documents and submit a Tibet travel permit application to the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). The TTB will grant permission and issue a visa invitation letter to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu within 8-9 days.

Travelers must arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, at least three days before entering Tibet. The Group Visa application form must be completed and submitted with the original passport, a personal photo, and the Chinese Group Visa fee to the travel consultant. The Chinese Group Visa will then be sent to the traveler's accommodation in Kathmandu.

After all necessary formalities have been completed, travelers may enter Tibet via flight or drive with the assistance of the Chinese Group Visa. The Tibetan guide will have the Tibet Travel Permit ready upon arrival at Lhasa airport or the Gyirong border by road. This marks the beginning of an unforgettable and exciting adventure in Tibet.

Tibet through Mainland China

Begin your Tiber vacation by consulting with a travel specialist to discuss your plans and schedule. With their expert guidance, you can tailor your travel itinerary and book accommodations accordingly.

Next, applying for a Chinese visa at the Chinese Embassy in your place of origin is crucial. The most common type of tourist visa for Tibet is the "L" visa, also known as the Chinese Tourist Visa. Once you have submitted your application and paid the visa fee, you will receive your Chinese visa promptly.

Email your travel consultant a scanned copy of your passport and Chinese visa at least 20 days before your departure to ensure all necessary documents are in order. This will allow the Tibet travel partner of your consultant to apply for a Tibet permit with the Tibet Tourism Bureau.

Upon receipt of your paperwork, the Tibet Tourism Bureau will review and process your application, providing your travel consultant with a Tibet Travel Permit within seven days. Finally, before embarking on your journey, your travel consultant will issue you your travel permit. Sometimes, they may also arrange express delivery to your hotel in mainland China.

How Many Days Will It Take To Get a Permit?

The Tibet Tourism Bureau strives to provide efficient and timely service for processing Tibet Travel Permits. Typically, the bureau takes approximately 8-9 working days to complete the permit process. Once issued, your travel consultant will ensure that your permit is delivered to your accommodation in mainland China or handed over to your Tibetan guide. However, please note that delivery times may vary and may take an additional 3-4 days. 

To ensure a smooth and seamless process, we recommend submitting photocopies of your passport and Chinese visa at least 20 days before your trip to Tibet. Additionally, during peak travel seasons such as April to October and during Chinese festivals, permit processing and delivery times may be longer. To avoid any inconvenience, we advise communicating with your travel agency a few days before your Tibet tour to confirm the status of your Tibet Travel Permit.

Tibet travel permit from Kathmandu

Nepal is the unparalleled gateway to the mystical land of Tibet, allowing travelers to explore this unique region's ancient culture and natural beauty without needing a separate Chinese visa. To enter Tibet from Nepal, all visitors must obtain a Chinese Group Visa through the Chinese Embassy in Nepal - the only country where this visa can be acquired.

Plan and organize your trip through a reputable and certified travel operator in Tibet. Three days before your journey, the Tibet Tourism Bureau will issue a Visa invitation to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal on your behalf. The Chinese Group Visa typically takes around three working days to process, with the corresponding travel agency in Nepal assisting in obtaining the visa.

Obtaining a Chinese Group Visa can typically be processed within three business days. Our partnered travel agency in Nepal will be at your service to assist in acquiring your visa. Unlike a traditional Chinese visa, the group visa is not stamped onto your passport and grants a one-time entry into China. The visa will also showcase the personal information of all group members, including the planned arrival and departure dates. Furthermore, the cost of obtaining a Chinese Group Visa is split into two components: the visa fee and the processing fee. The processing charge can vary, with a range of $20 to $45 per person, depending on the group size.

The following documents are required to apply for a Chinese Group Visa:

  1. An application form
  2. A passport with a validity period of at least six months
  3. Copies of tickets and prior Chinese visas (if applicable)
  4. A passport-sized photograph

Tibet Entry Permits for Travelers Outside China

  • Step 1: Secure your tour booking with us to guarantee your Tibet Entry Permit.
  • Step 2: Submit copies of your passport and visa for processing. Additional documentation may be required if you do not hold a valid China Tourist Visa (L Visa). Please contact us for further information.
  • Step 3: Obtain your travel permit from your designated guide or hotel during your pre-Tibet stop.
  • Step 4: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and beauty of Tibet.

Note:- To ensure the timely processing of your permit, we recommend submitting your documents at least ten days before departure. Our expert consultancy and free cancellation policy provides security and flexibility for planning your Tibet tour in 2023/2024.

Are PCR Tests and Health Code Required For Tibet Visit in 2023?

As of 2023, the new policy for travelers visiting Tibet has eliminated the need for health certificates such as the Green Health Code and proof of a negative nucleic acid test. This simplifies the travel process, making it easier for tourists to embark on their journey to Tibet.

However, obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit is still a requirement for all international travelers, including ex-pats in China. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in getting this permit, which cannot be applied for on an individual basis.

To apply for the Tibet Permit, you will need to provide your Chinese Visa, passport (valid for at least six months), and either a working certificate if you are employed in mainland China or an admission certificate if you are studying in mainland China. Allow at least 20 days to process the Tibet Permit before your scheduled entry to Tibet.

Previously, additional documentation such as the Green Health Code, proof of a negative nucleic acid test, and a 14-day Dynamic Trip Record was also required to demonstrate good health. However, these requirements may be subject to change as the situation evolves. We will keep you informed of any updates regarding travel restrictions and policies for Tibet.

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Dipak Pande

Dipak Pande

Dipak starts to step up from potter, guide, and trekking leader to the company owner. Sometimes he share his experience with others as well as wrote in local travel news. Most of time he spend his time on mountain and his company.