Update: Explore Tibet Announces Latest Tibet Travel Permit Guidelines

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Explore Tibet is happy to announce that they are now one of the few agencies who can acquire Tibet Travel permits, with no group size limitation, and no mixed nationality limitation—groups of different nationalities can travel together.

Explore Tibet is happy to announce that they are now one of the few agencies who can acquire the Tibet Travel permit, with no group size limitation, and no mixed nationality limitation—groups of different nationalities can travel together.

“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 and correct information.”

There are still two restrictions left for Tibet tour:

The Tibet Tourism Bureau still restricts permits being issued to citizens of these five countries: UK, Norway, Korea, Austria and the Philippines.
No foreign groups are permitted to visit the Mt. Everest base camp. Groups are allowed to drive to the border town of Zhangmu and view Everest and the Himalayan range from the village of Old Tingri.

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 Tibet Travel Permit 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.

Previous restrictions a limited the number of people in a group to five, and required that they all be of the same nationality.

Explore Tibet is a locally-owned travel agency committed to responsible tourism, Tibet visa and sustainable practice.

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