Explore Tibet Obtains Travel Permits During Period of Restrictions
2013-01-23

Explore Tibet, a Lhasa-based tour company, obtains travel permits for foreigners during a period of permit restrictions.

Application for a Tibet travel permit was closed from the end of October until mid-November. However, Explore Tibet managed to obtain permits for a number of American visitors.

The visitors said, “We feel very lucky to have been able to visit Tibet during this period of permit restrictions. We realize that we would not have gotten the permits if we had used a different travel agent, and we are very thankful for your efforts. I hope that you are having similar fortune with other travelers and that the permit restrictions will be lifted and you will have more foreign tourists again.”

A visitor to Tibet should have a valid passport, a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit, also called a Tibet Entry Permit or Tibet Visa.

Explore Tibet will obtain the Tibet Travel Permit for visitors from the Tibet Tourism Bureau.

To obtain Tibet Travel Permits, it is necessary to make travel arrangements through a genuine local travel agency, providing clear scanned copies of passports and Chinese visas. It is impossible to board any flights or trains to Tibet without the Travel Permit. The permits themselves specify every destination and all the towns that will be visited during the tour and cannot be changed after arrival in Tibet. It usually takes 3 working days for the Tibet Travel Permit to be issued. It can take 5 to 7 days if a particular tour requires the Military Permit and PSB permit.

There are still several restrictions for Tibet travel. Citizens of the UK, Norway, Korea, Austria, the Phillipines and Vietnam cannot get permits at this time. And currently 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.

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

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