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Chinese Visa:

If you are entering Tibet from Kathmandu, you should get your Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu (regardless of whether you already have a Chinese visa issued in your home country). Please note that if you have already got a Chinese visa at your home country, it will be cancelled and fresh visa needs to be issued in Kathmandu. So, you are suggested not to apply for a Chinese visa until you reach to Kathmandu. (in the case you enter Tibet from Nepal). However, if you are entering Tibet from mainland China or Honkong, you can get your Chinese visa in advance. You are required to hold a valid Chinese visa (issued by a Chinese Embassy and stamped in your individual passport), as well as a valid passport to enter Tibet (at least six months validity). While applying for a Chinese visa at your home country, it is better not to mention that you intend to visit Tibet. Sometimes the Chinese visa consular refuses to grant the visa for Tibet. In order to get Chinese visa in Kathmandu, please send us your clear passport copy and other details like your profession to us at least 15 days in advance. We will get Tibet Travel Permit (TTB permit or commonly called Invitation letter to travel to Tibet from the Tibet Travel Bureau - TTB). Once you arrive to Kathmandu, we apply for your Chinese visa along with your original passport and TTB permit. You will get a group visa (it will be not stamped in your individual passport but will be in a sheet of paper).

Note: The visa issuing days in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In order not to waste your time in Kathmandu, make your travel plan to Nepal in such a way that you arrive to Kathmandu either Sunday or Tuesday or Thursday so that you can get visa the next day and fly to Tibet the day after. (Except the main season, the flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu are generally operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and almost always get packed)

Tibet Travel Permits

The entry permit (TTB permit, equivalent of a visa for Tibet is required to enter Tibet region of China. A Chinese visa and Tibet entry permit are both required to enter Tibet ) . You need to show this to the authorities in airport or surface entry points.