Things to remember for all tourists visiting Tibet
These are subject to change and depend on whether you join the trip in Kathmandu or China. If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu you will need a multiple entry visa for Nepal which can be obtained either from your nearest Nepalese consulate or on arrival in Nepal.
For Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least 20 days prior to the commencement of your trip, followed by your actual passport five days before the visa issuing days. If you are entering via mainland China you have to obtain Chinese visa from your home country. Visa regulation in Tibet keeps changing, please ask us for latest Tibet visa information.
The Chinese/Tibet visa you get in Kathmandu is a “group visa” and is not entered in travelers’ passports, but on a separate sheet of paper – be it one person or a group consisting of two or more persons. If you are wishing to do a tour to Tibet via Nepal, please do not apply for the Chinese visa in your country. If you had already applied to the Chinese visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we get the Tibet visa for you here in Kathmandu.
Tourist Arriving Lhasa via mainland China:
If you are planning to visit Tibet and are coming from to Lhasa via mainland China, you need to apply the Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your country. Once you have the Chinese visa, you need to scan your visa and send it our company along with the copy of your passport. Both the documents should be clear and readable, otherwise it will be rejected by the Tibet Travel Bureau in Tibet (TTB). On the basis of the copies of the Chinese visa and passport, we will apply for your Tibet entry permit from the TTB. With the combination of the Tibet permit and Chinese visa you would be allowed to enter Tibet from the mainland China. Once your Tibet permit is issued, you can collect it from anywhere in mainland China where you are supposed to arrive or have it delivered at your hotel you would be staying while in mainland China at an extra charge of USD 30 for courier.
Tourist arrivals by overland via Zhangmu / Simikot border:
On the other hand, if you are planning to fly to Lhasa or by overland from Kathmandu to Zhangmu or Simikot border, you would need to arrive in Kathmandu at least 4 to 6 days before your entry into Tibet. Travelers are thus required to arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to the visa issuing days to enable us to get a Chinese/Tibet visa for them. In order to get the Tibet visa, we would need to show your original passport at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As such, our operating officer who would be at the airport to receive and transfer you to your respective hotel would collect the passport from you and get the visa.
Chinese visa fee (In US Dollar /subject to change and to be paid directly in Kathmandu)
|American passport holder||USD 142||USD 164||USD 199|
|Other nationality||USD 58||USD 80||USD 114|