Due to the special ethnic traditions, cultural relics, environmental protection, and the transportation capacity of Tibet, the Chinese government insists that non-Chinese citizens ñ including foreign visitors, Taiwan visitors, and overseas Chinese ñ must have a Tibet Travel Permit, valid passport, and a visa to visit Tibet. (Visitors from countries with a visa exemption agreement with Hong Kong do not need a visa to visit Tibet.)
A visa can be obtained from the local Chinese consulate in your country. However, foreign journalists and diplomats are not allowed in Tibet as visitors.
Who has to carry a Tibet Travel Permit?
1. Non-Chinese passport holders
2. Overseas Chinese, who do not have Chinese passport
3. Taiwan visitors, who do not have the valid identity card of China
Note: Hong Kong and Macau citizens who hold an SAR passport, Home-Visiting Certificate, or Permit to Travel to and from Hong Kong and Macau do not need a Tibet Travel Permit.
Since the government encourages group tours to Tibet, the permit is issued only to tour groups traveling with a Chinese tour operator. The permit is issued for free by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Your travel agency will facilitate the application process.
For those overseas visitors who want to visit the region as an individual, please visit the administrative offices of Tibet Tourism Bureau in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu (in Sichuan) or Golmud (in Qinghai).
Tibet Tourism Bureau
* Tel: 0086-891-6835472/ 6834315
* E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Address: No.3 Norbulingka Road, Lhasa
Information on the administrative offices of Tibet Tourism Bureau:
* Chengdu Office
o Tel: 028-8555171
o Address: No.3 Wuhou Hengjie, Chengdu
* Xian Office
o Address: Qomolangma Hotel, No.333 Youyi Dong Lu, Xian
* Shanghai Office
o Tel: 021-62578447; 021-62572413
o Address: 1/F, No.350 Wuning Lu, Putuo District, Shanghai
* Beijing Office
o Tel: 010-64060954
o Address: No.149 Gulou (Drum Tower) Xi Da Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing
* Golmud Office
o Tel: 0979-8483286; 0979-8483532
o Address: No.11 Yanqiao Zhong Lu, Golmud
* Zhongdian Office
o Tel: 0887-8229028; 0887-8227892
o Address: Room 2206, Xiangbala Hotel, Shangri-La, Yunnan