As for the travel documents you need to prepare for your Tibet tour, it depends on where you choose to enter Tibet – mainland China or Kathmandu in Nepal?
If you get to Tibet from mainland China, you must obtain a Chinese Visa and a Tibet Travel Permit(aka. Tibet visa). First of all, you need to apply for your China Visa through the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. As for the Tibet Travel Permit, you can only obtain it with the help of the local travel agency in Tibet by booking their tours. With the scanned copy of your passport and Chinese Visa, your Tibet travel agency will guarantee you the permit. In general, it takes about 6~30 days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit according to your destinations in Tibet.
If you decided to enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal, the document you need is a China Group Visa(instead of a Chinese Visa!) and a Tibet Travel Permit. <a href=”https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-travel-tips/can-americans-travel-to-tibet”>Nepal Tibet border</a> , your China Group Visa fee is higher than citizens of any other counties, about USD175 per person. According to the current policy, 5-traveler is the minimum number to apply for their China Group Visa. And you still need to work with an organized travel agency based in Tibet such as The Great Tibet Tour.
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