Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet travel permit is the primary document you will need to get to visit Tibet. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa. This document is called in different ways by different tour service providers. We are now familiar with the word such as the Tibet visa, and Tibet permit. Actually, it’s all same, it’s a different name for one single document must for you (foreign traveler) to travel inside Tibet Autonomous region of China. In short, it is a document you need to get entrance into Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s republic of China.
How do I get Tibet travel permit?
Tibet travel permit is a document issued by Tibet tourism Development Committee in Lhasa. Since it is issued in Lhasa, Tibet. Your travel agency or your tour operator in Lhasa can only apply it on your behalf. You need to book a tour with them and you will need to send your passport and visa (if you are not entering from Nepal).
How long will it take to make Tibet travel permit?
The process of making your Tibet permit is could differ as per your itinerary. if your itinerary consists the sensitive place such as like Mount Kailash region (far western region of Tibet), Mount Everest Base Camp and southern Tibet. You permit process could take about fifteen to twenty-one days and even more as per the policy of Tibet tourism bureau and the regional government of Tibet.
If your itinerary only has a Lhasa and central Tibet region. The process could take no more the seven days. overall, the duration for making the Tibet travel permit would differ from Time to Time. please keep following for update.
What are the Documents necessary for applying for Tibet travel permit?
Your Valid passport copy, your visa copy, the bank slip proving that you have actually booked your tour to Tibet. This why every travel agency in Tibet and Lhasa are asking you to send a minimum of 30% of total cost to the tour. If your Chinese Visa is not the L (tourist) Visa. you will also have to submit a letter from your host institution or your spouse along with their ID card copy.
When and where do I get the permit in Hand?
If you are coming into Tibet via a flight from any other major cities of China. You must have the permit in Hand when boarding the plane. You will need to find out and discuss, how there will manage to hand you your Tibet permit. In most of the cases, Your permit will be delivered to your hotel if you are staying overnight in other cities before flying to Lhasa. If you are not staying at any cities but taking transits in other cities. Your permit will be delivered to you at the Airport. I would like to recommend you to do the transit it in Chengdu as there is plenty of flight to Lhasa and it is easier for us to send it to you at the airport.
You must ask the travel agency for the phone number of the delivery person, so you can make a call if he is not visible. What I do most of the time, I would urge all the travelers to take transits at the Chengdu city. Where my elder brother would make the delivery to them.
If you are taking a train to Tibet you do not need the Original permit in hand, you can make a print out your permit from the mail and show it to them while boarding the train. you guide (me, if you are using my service) will be waiting for you at the train station with the Tibet travel permit in hand.
The last criteria are if you are coming from Nepal. Whether you are coming overland to Tibet or flight to Tibet from Lhasa. you will not have a permit in hand until you reach Tibet. Remember, you need to do Visa in Nepal if you are coming from Nepal. please do not apply for a visa from any place other than Nepal. Once when you reach in Nepal we will send you the visa invitation to our associate in Nepal. He will have to go to the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to get a group Visa three days before you real day of departure. please write them an email sometime prior to your Tour. Some of my friends did send them emails and told me they do reply the email.
But to cut all the extra work and extra days in Nepal while applying for the Visa. I would suggest you take transit in Chengdu and your travel agency would have your permit deliver at the airport.
Tibet Travel permit without a tour
No one is allowed to arrange Tibet travel permit without a tour service. You must book the entire tour service with whoever is making your permit. We can arrange Tibet tours including Tibet travel permit.
Followings are of Some Other additional Permit to the different regions of Tibet
Here are other important information about Tibet travel permit
I-Tibet travel and Tours is fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. Our privilege to be able to host you in Tibet also makes our responsibility in protecting nature and contributing back communities.
As a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our staffs are 100% local Tibetan tourism professionals. Additionally, We only use local Tibetan guides, other tours crews, and local business. 100% of the travel money goes to locals. Besides, We use 3% of the net profit into Environmental and social initiatives.
Being Tibetan, We know how vital the Tibetan environment is for the entire world. Mountains, glacier, and rivers are all cherished in our culture. We do our best to reduce the environmental impact of your tours in Tibet.
Following are Our ways:
a) No Small plastic bottles in the tour
All the drinking water are provided in the bigger container. So all visitors are asked to bring his/her own water bottle. In this way, we reduce hundreds and thousands of small plastic bottles. All the bigger containers are provided back to the manufacturer for reuse.
b) Incentives for practice
Incentives are given to guide and drivers. Who follow our strict directories on ethical practice towards sustainable and responsible tourism practice.
c) Staff Training every winter
Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism. We provide skill training required for the practice of Responsible and Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management by fritz institute. We work closely with individuals from institute like Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.
d) Tree Plantation
Some portion of the tour money are save for our 1000 Tree plantation project. We will plant trees when we will have enough funds.
e) Smaller group size
All our tours are a small group to reduce environmental Impact. Since traveling in a smaller group has less impact on committed in an area than a big group. Therefore all our tour groups are small.
f) Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
During your trekking Tours, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem. We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects. Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.
1: We nothing leave mother behind.
We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
2: We protect the grassland
A little destruction of Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours, we will not make drainage surrounding your tent. Instead, we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors which prevent water from getting into the tent. We don’t put a small tent toilet. Even if we try to put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the view.
3: Collecting the garbage along the way.
We have a saying in Tibet, “if you can’t help, don’t harm.” Here is our helping part. We always have extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all, and they have free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.
I-Tibet travel and tours, identify its self as a social enterprise. For this, we dedicate 3% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we buy winter clothes for small children and donate to schools. In this way, besides donating winter cloth, we are also encouraging them to go to school.
It is important to make our guest understand Local Culture, Beliefs, and Ethics. Hence it will make it more comfortable during Our special tour arrangements. Like, your home visit, culture programs, and our others.