Tibet Travel Documents

For travelling to Tibet, foreign tourists are usually required to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and the Tibet travel permit which is sometimes also called Tibet entry permit or Tibet visa.

外国游客到西藏旅游, 需要持有效的护照, 有效的中国签证以及西藏入藏批件. 该批件常常又被称为西藏入藏函或者西藏签证. 

The Tibet travel permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, not by the embassy or consulate. As a local tour operator, we have no problem to help you get all necessary Tibet travel permits. 

入藏函是由西藏旅游局签发的, 而不是大使馆. 作为一家正规的旅游服务公司, 我们有能力和资质为您办理所有的西藏旅游证件. 

China Visa 中国签证

For entering Tibet from Mainland China 对于从中国大陆进入西藏

In most cases, you can get the Chinese Visa for individual travel easily from the local China Embassy / Consulate at your place within one or two week(s). A tourist visa ("L" Visa) will be issued for sightseeing and visiting relatives in China. It is for a short duration of stay, usually 30 days, and can't be extended upon expiration. But you may get a 90-day visa in HongKong which many local agencies can help arrange in one day.

如果您是由中国大陆进入西藏旅游, 您可以在您所在的国家或地区的中国大使馆或领事馆办理中国签证, 一般情况下只需1 - 2 个礼拜. 个人旅游签证是L签证, 签发给到中国来旅游和拜访亲戚的外国人. 仅支持短暂停留, 有效期一般30天, 无法延期. 但是如果您在香港办理, 当地的代理有可能为您办到90天的签证. 

There is another kind of tourist visa - Group Visa which is not issued on passports but on a separate paper for the group. It requires the group members to enter and exit China all together.

除了上述个人旅游签证, 还有一种团队旅游签证. 该签证签发在单独的文件上, 而不是护照上. 它要求团队的所有成员一起进出西藏. 

Tips: 提示
1. It is advised to not mention Tibet in your Chinese Visa application for easier and faster procedure as well as to avoid the risk of rejection; 请在签证申请中不要提到西藏, 避免复杂的手续或拒签风险

2. If you are planning to join in part of a group journey and leave in the middle, you are strongly recommended to inform the travel agency that operates the tour for the group prior to arrival. 如果您决定参加一个团队行程, 但是中途需要离开团队, 我们强烈建议您在团队抵达之前告知您的旅游服务公司.  

For entering Tibet from Nepal 对于从尼泊尔进入西藏
For entering Tibet from Nepal, you shall get a Group Visa from the China Embassy in Kathmandu, no matter if you've already got one individual Chinese Vsa in your country or not. You can just leave it to the travel agency that operates the Tibet tour for you as it is necessary to get some official documents from local government departments in Lhasa. This group visa is usually valid for the length of your tour in Tibet (now as long as 30 days or even longer) and hard to be extended.

如果您将从尼泊尔进入西藏, 则必须在加德满都的中国大使馆申请中国团队签证. 即使您在本国已经获得个人旅游签证, 仍需要办理该团队签证. 您只需让您的旅游服务公司来负责办理即可, 因为该团队签证需要提供拉萨政府部门的许可文件, 有效期一般就是您西藏行程的日期 (现在可达30天甚至更长), 很难延期. 

Tips: 提示
1. It is advised not to apply for the Chinese Visa in your country if you'll enter Tibet from Nepal; 如果从尼泊尔入藏, 您无需在本国办理中国签证 
2. Please leave enough time (at least 1 day) in Kathmandu for the Chinese Visa application there; 需要提前抵达加都, 预留至少1天的时间办理
3. If you have tours in Nepal, Tibet and China, you are strongly recommended to arrange China first and then Tibet and Nepal if possible. This way is better for acclimatization. 如果您在尼泊尔, 西藏和中国都有行程, 建议您从中国入藏, 然后到尼泊尔. 这样对适应高原反应更加有利.

Tibet Travel Permits 西藏旅游证件

Tibet Entry Permit / Tibet Travel Permit 入藏函 / 入藏批件

This permit is the one you need to take with you when boarding the flight or train to Lhasa. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), so also called TTB Permit. Groups traveling by land cruisers also need this permit. Please see its title sample here:

在办理登机手续或上火车的时候, 您需要提供该入藏函. 它由西藏旅游局 (TTB) 签发, 所以由叫做TTB证件. 陆路交通入藏也需要该入藏函. 示例如下图:

There are two pages for the permit: one is the approval letter from the Tibet Tourism Bureau with an unique number and anti-fales label at the top right and another one is the group name list with the group members basic data. Both pages are stamped by the Bureau. Usually we'll help you prepare the permit application one month ahead of your travel time. Upon we receive it, we'll arrange the delivery from Lhasa to your hotel in China. 

入藏函主要有两页: 一页是西藏旅游局同意的文件, 在右上角带有独特的编号和防伪标识; 另一页是游客名单, 包含姓名和国籍等基本信息. 两页均有西藏旅游局的签章. 我们一般提前一个多月协助您准备资料. 收到入藏函后我们会从拉萨发快递到您在中国入住的酒店. 

PSB Permit / Aliens' Travel Permit 公安局许可文件 / 外国人旅行证

When travel to areas officially closed (such as Gyantse, Sakya, Mt. Everest, Samye, the Yarlung Valley, etc.), an Aliens' Travel Permit issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) is required. Here is a picture of it:

到官方关闭的地区旅游时 (如江孜, 萨迦, 珠峰, 桑耶寺, 雅江等). 需要办理外国人旅行证, 示例如图:



This permit usually can be obtained only after you get into Tibet and with your original passport and the Tibet Entry Permit.

该证件需要您抵达西藏后办理, 需提供您的护照原件和入藏函. 一般很快, 在日喀则仅需半个小时即可.  

Other Permits 其他证件

In addition, a military permit and a foreign-affairs permit will be required for traveling to sensitive border areas like Mt. Kaillash and the eastern Tibet.

如果您要到神山圣湖或者西藏东部旅游, 除了上述入藏函和外国人旅行证以外, 还需要办理军区批件和外事办批件.  

What do we need for applying for the Tibet Entry Permit 办理入藏函所需文件

So first of all, we shall help you get the Tibet Entry Permit (Tibet Travel Permit) and then do other permits accordingly. We'll need the following information to help you get this Entry Permit. 

所以我们首先需要办理的是入藏函, 需要您提供以下信息:

  1. a clear scanned copy / photo of your passport 护照扫描件或图片
  2. a clear scanned copy / photo of your China visa 中国签证扫描件或图片
  3. entry info: from where you'll fly / take train into Lhasa on which date 入藏信息: 飞机或或者入藏的具体日期和地点 
  4. exit info: to where you'll fly / take train out of Lhasa on which date 离藏信息: 飞机或火车离藏的具体日期和抵达地点
  5. your occupation 职业
  6. If your China Visa is not the common L visa for tourism (such as Z, F, M visa etc), a letter of certification from the party in China will be required additionally. Our trip advisor will provide a sample letter for your reference when help you prepare all the documents. 如果您持有的不是个人旅游L签证, 而是Z, F, M 等签证, 您还需要提供邀请或聘请您的中方出具一份证明. 我们的旅游顾问会提供样本供您参考 

Note: For those tourists holding other type of passports rather than P passport, it is necessary for them to travel Tibet under arrangements of local Tibet government. They are usually journalists, government officials or religious officials etc. As an officially licensed travel company in Tibet, we do not provide "Tibet Permit only" tours as it is stipulated that foreign tourists shall travel Tibet in organized groups with the whole trip accompanied by a tour guide. Please contact us for more information on our tours in Tibet!

备注: 如果您持有的护照类型不是因私护照, 即不是P护照, 您需要联系西藏当地政府部门安排入藏旅游事宜. 一般是新闻记者, 政府官员 或者 宗教官员需要这样安排. 作为一家正规的持照经营的旅游公司, 我们不单独出售任何批件. 根据规定, 外宾必须有组织的成团旅游, 全程导游陪同. 请咨询我们工作人员联系行程预定和证件办理!