(PRWEB) July 13, 2012
“The permit situation for foreign travelers in Tibet has changed multiple times this season,” Explore Tibet said. “There are a lot of rumors about the permit, but we have the latest information from the Tibet Tourism Bureau.”
The Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) is a document that consists of a traveler’s passport number, nationality, name, date of birth, and the name of the places they are visiting in Tibet. The TTP is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and it is necessary for all the foreign visitors traveling in Tibet to obtain this permit. It is necessary to show the TTP before boarding a flight or train from China to the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The new guidelines are as follows:
1) All groups entering Tibet through Nepal can get Tibet travel permits, as long as the groups has 5 or more people
2) Travel to Tibet from mainland China is more difficult. If a group contains 5 or more people the travel agency can apply for an invitation from the Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa, then send a copy to the group members by email. After receiving the letter then a group visa can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy. In this way a group can enter Tibet through mainland China, but they must enter and exit China together, and all members of the group must be listed on the group visa. Individual travel is prohibited.
These restrictions have been in place since June 24th, but it is not known how long they will last or what changes will be made in the coming months. Explore Tibet posts updates regularly at their website.
The Tibet Travel Permit or Tibet visa is obtained from the Tibet Tourism Bureau, and all travelers should deal with local registered agencies in advance to get the permit, as there are several different types of permit depending on where in Tibet the traveler plans to go. To apply for the permit, travelers should submit their valid passports and a copy of their China visa to an authorized travel agency. For travel to a restricted region like Mt.Kailash, the permit must be applied for at least 20 days in advance. For travel to open areas like Lhasa and Mt. Everest, the permit should be applied for at least 10 days in advance.
A new regulation this year by the Tibet Tourism Bureau puts a limitation on the number of people in a group, making 5 people the minimum requirement to form a group with same nationalities.