How to Apply Your Tibet Travel Permit

2016/07/20 -- Annie

Tibet Travel Permits(usually referred to as TTP) are the necesssary documents required for entering to Tibet in addition to Chiinese visa. Tibet Travel Permits vary according to the place that travelers plan to visit, but the most basic one is the permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. It is required as a must entry pass to Tibet for every foreign traveler.

Due to Tibet's unique ethnic traditions, cultural heritage, tourist service facilities, reception capacity,ecological protection needs and traffic situation, the National Tourism Administration prescribed that foreign tourists, Taiwan and overseas Chinese tourists (except for Hongkong and Macao residents holding Chinese passports or return certificates) have to get a Tibet Travel Permit before they are allowd to enter Tibet. All tourists can get it through a travel agency except for diplomats, journalists and government officials. They have to go through the Tibet Foreign tourists are generally required to have four kinds of documents to travel in Tibet

A:  China Visa

As Tibet is under the jurisdiction of China, tourist will need to obtain the first document, Chinese visa, for the purpose of entering China unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, speial administrative regions-- Hongkong and Macau. Toursit can apply for it in a Chinese Embassy overseas or  in Hong kong.


Eligible nationalities for visa-free entry:

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B:  Tibet Travel Permit

     The Tibet Travel Permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau(TTB). It is also called Tibet visa, for the purpose of entering Tibet

Tibet Travel Permit

How to apply Tibet Travel Permit

1.  For tourist visa holder, email us the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa at least 20 days before your Tibet tour starts.  If you work or live in China or visit China for business purpose, you will need to offer a certificate to prove your purpose for visiting China

2.  Even if you have the Tibet Travel Permit, you are not allowed to travel anywhere outsite of Lhasa city. If you want to get out of Lhasa you have to apply fo another permit.

3.  Your Tibet Travel Permit will be issued within 15-20 working days after we pass your documents to Tibet Bureau

Important Issues About Tibet Travel Permit

1. You only can pass through the airport secuirty procedure with the very orginal copy of Tibet Travel Permit

2. Even  if you have the Tibet Permit, you are not allowed to travel anywhere outside of Lhasa city. If you want to get out of Lhasa you have to apply for another permit

3. Generally speaking, it takes 15-20 working days to get the Tibet Travel Permit after you submitting all the necessary documents.


Other Permit you need for visiting unopened areas of Tibet

Aliens'Travel Permit (usually abbreviated to ATP)

The Alien's Travel Permit is issued by the Public Secuirty Bureau. It is required when tourists are planning to travel to the "unopened" areas of Tibet, like Mount Everest Base Camp in Shigatse, Samye Monastery in Tsedang

At present, you have to apply for a Alien's Travel permit if you are plannin to visit the folllowing place:

Tsedang: Sangye Monastery, Tomb of Tibetan King, Trundruk Monastery, Yumbulakhang.

Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt.Everest, Rongbuk Monastery

Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa

Ngari Region:  Mt.Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, Years,

Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Pomi, Rawa-tso

Chmdo Region:   Chamdo,Riwoche, Tengchem.

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