Explore Tibet Discloses required documents or permits for Tibet travel

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Explore Tibet provides travelers with the first-hand information of Tibet travel permit and documents.

Explore Tibet provides travelers with the first-hand information of Tibet travel permit and documents. Tibet is officially a province of China and valid China visa is required to travel to Tibet, travelers need some additional travel documents or permits. Check details in the below:

There are four documents required for a foreigner to travel into Tibet.
1) Chinese visa or Tibet Group visa    
2) Tibet Permit (TTP)
3) Alien's Travel Permit (ATP/also called PSB permit)
4) Military permit.

China Visa or Tibet Group Visa
A valid passport with a standard Chinese entry visa is essential for all foreign travelers. China visa is generally obtainable from most Chinese embassies and consulates in the locality and must be obtained in advance. The cost of a standard Chinese tourist visa varies from US$ 12 to 120 according to the nationality of the applicant and the type of visa required. Individual visas (an 'L' Visa means tourist visa) may be issued for single or double entry, with a validity of one, two, or three months. Multiple entry visas are normally issued for business or educational purposes only, such as the "F" Visa, "X" Visa or "Z" Visa etc, ranging in validity from 6 to 12 months, and are more expensive (US$ 120-250). Normally three working days are required to process a visa application from the date of its submission, but express services are also available at a premium.

Important Tips from Explore Tibet Team when travelers apply for Tibet visa:
It’s better for travelers not to mention Tibet or any places in Tibet as the travel destination when they are applying for Chinese visa (the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is the only exception). Tibet is politically sensitive in China and sometimes it may refuse the visa application if one mentions Tibet in the application form, travelers can mention any city of mainland China such as Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Chengdu-Sichuan, Yunnan, etc. as their travel destinations.

Tibet Travel Permits (TTP)
Tibet Travel Permits (TTP) is necessary for foreigners to get into Tibetan Autonomous Region, Explore Tibet Team can apply it for travelers and usually it takes only 3 working days. But if travelers are traveling into restricted areas, then they need more additional permits and documents which will take longer time. Once travelers confirm their trips, Explore Tibet Team will request they to send clear scan copies or photo of their passports and Chinese visa at least 20 days in advance by email as it is required for applying Tibet Travel Permits. When it is issued Explore Tibet Team will send either a copy of original of the permit to traveler’s hotel in China.

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