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Tibet Travel Permit Required for Tibet Train

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According to China National Railway Administration’s regulation, foreigner travelers need to have a Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Entry Permit) to take a train to/off Tibet. The permit is firstly required when you or your agent book Tibet train tickets at railway station or branch offices. It is also needed when you check in your train at railway station.

The photocopy of Tibet Travel Permit is also available if you book train ticket and board the train at Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xining and Guangzhou. When you arrive at Lhasa, your tour operator will bring you the original permit. If you take the train from Xian, Lanzhou and Chongqing, the original permit is required.

What is Tibet Travel Permit

The first page of TTB Permit

The second page of TTB Permit

Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Entry Permit is the official document which permits a foreign traveler to enter and travel in Tibet.

It is the secondary travel document to travel in Tibet besides the China Visa. It can only be issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau in Tibet, which makes many travelers call the permit as TTB Permit. With the permit, you can visit Lhasa, Shigatse, Namtso Lake, Everest, Mt Kailash, etc. It usually takes about 15~20 days to obtain the permit (submit application, waiting for approval, receiving the permit). Tibet Travel Permit is also needed to take a train or flight to and off Tibet.

How Has to Hold Tibet Travel Permit

Any Non-Chinese passport holders, regardless of country;

The Taiwan tourists, who do not have the valid identity card of China;

The overseas Chinese, who do not have Chinese passport or ID card.

The Hong Kong and Macau citizens who hold SAR passport, Home-Visiting Certificate or Permit to Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macau do not need a Tibet Travel Permit.

How to Obtain the Tibet Travel Permit

1. Contact us to work out and confirm an itinerary in Tibet;

2. Send us the scanned copies of your passport, and provide an available address in China (hotel or local agency) to receive your permit;

3. We apply for the Tibet Travel Permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa;

4. Once the permit is issued, we will send the original permit to you by post.

> Learn more detail about Tibet Travel Permit Application

Important Notice:
Please remember to duplicate at least 3 copies of Tibet Travel Permit because the permits are required for many occasions.
When you checking in at railway station, the office man may take one of your Tibet Travel Permit copy away.


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