Explore Tibet Discloses 2012 Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) System

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Tibet tour agency Explore Tibet discloses the newest Tibet travel permit system in Tibet.

Tibet tour agency Explore Tibet discloses the newest Tibet travel permit system in Tibet.

Below are the details of TTP system released by Explore Tibet:

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.

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. This is a major problem for those who prefer to travel solo in Tibet. This is an also a challenge for the local agencies in Tibet, who are facing huge losses for their business. In addition, agencies have tried many different ways to get the permits for solo travelers, they are sometimes effective but over time they face new challenges and can no longer procure the permits. There is no certainty about how long this new system will last, but most people think it will last for awhile.

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