Tibet Travel Permit, also known as TTB Permit, is an official document issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau and a must for foreign visitors to visit Lhasa and other cities in Tibetan Autonomous Region. Tibet is slightly more complicated when it comes to travel permits than elsewhere in China. Due to the restriction of the numbers of foreign visitors, Tibet Tourism Bureau officially issued the permit to the foreigners who will travel in Tibet. No foreign visitor can visit Tibet without holding the Tibet Entry Permit in their hands. Tibet Entry Permit is not available for independent travelers. You have to travel in tour group and ask legitimate travel agency to apply it for you. We are glad to help clients whose Tibet tours are arranged by us obtain the Tibet Entry Permit. Please prepare the following information before we help apply the TTB Permit:
1) Full name
2) Passport Number
5) Date of Birth
(All exactly the same with your passport).
We are glad to make all arrangements to help obtain the necessary documents if you book Tibet tour with us. The cost of Tibet Permit includes government charges and service fees, which will be included in the Tibet tour quotation we give. An absolute minimum of five working days is required to apply your Tibet permits. If you book a Tibet tour from abroad, we may ask for up to one month to arrange Tibet permits. Please note that we do not offer "permit-only" service if you do not book Tibet tour with us. And we are not responsible for any cancellation of your Tibet tours if you are refused to get a Tibet permit by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. There are other two kinds of Tibet permits you may need for Tibet tours apart from Tibet Entry Permit (TTB Permit): Alien's Travel Permit (PSB Permit): it is required if you want to travel to the closed areas in Tibet, which you can obtain after arrival in Tibet. More details about Alien's Travel Permit: http://www.itourstibet.com/alien's-travel-permit.htm Military Permit (Permission): you have to obtain it if you are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas in Tibet.
Travel permits for Tibet are only issued from a Tibet travel agency, You cannot get this permit yourself and it cannot be obtained from a China Embassy or Consulate. If you plan to go from Mainland China to Tibet, you will need to get a China Tourist Visa from a China Embassy/Consulate nearest you. You will want to apply for your China Tourist Visa about 8 to 12 weeks before you plan to arrive in China.
Once you have your visa, you will need to email it, along with the information page of your passport, to the travel agency you are working with. You will also need to finalize with your travel company the exact travel itinerary and travel dates you will follow in Tibet. If you already reside in China and have a resident, student, work or business visa, you do the same procedure, but will also need to send in a letter (in Chinese and stamped) from your school/business/employer stating that you are going to Tibet tour. With this information, the travel company will then go to the Tibet Tourism Bureau to get your permits for you. It is a very easy process that only requires you to send a few short emails.
Tibet Travel Permits are ONLY issued to travelers who are on an organized journey to Tibet. You must have a private vehicle, driver, tour guide, official travel itinerary as well as a permit. You cannot just get a permit and then travel to Tibet on your own.
From must-visit Buddhist monasteries in Lhasa and heavenly lakes located in its surroundings to the epic road trip to Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash and Manasrovar kora and onward overland tour to Kathmandu, etc., we handpick the best traveler-choice itineraries and ingeniously make them into the best budget Tibet group tours for worldwide travelers. With tourist-friendly service and quality guarantee, we make sure you enjoy the authentic Tibetan experience, with the affordable and reasonable budget.