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How to Apply for Chinese Visa for Tibet Travel?

Generally speaking, Chinese visa should be applied through a Chinese Embassy in your home country or in a third country. If you enter Tibet from Mainland China, DO NOT list Tibet as the travel destination when filling the application form. Otherwise, you might be rejected. It is wise to list cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu as your travel destination.

If you enter Tibet from Nepal, it is not necessary to apply for the Chinese visa in your home country because you need to apply for the visa through Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Whether you've already got Chinese visa in your country or not, you must get a new one in Kathmandu, which is regulated in an official memo between China and Nepal. Once you get Chinese visa in Nepal, your visa obtained before becomes invalid automatically.

All individuals entering China must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months for a single or double entry visa and at least nine months for a multiple entry visa.

Obtaining a Chinese visa is the first step. One should also apply to the government of TAR for Tibet travel permit. Purposes of visiting Tibet vary according to different people, some for travelling, some for pilgrimage, some for interview, some for study, some for business, some for charity and some for visiting friends. They need to provide different application documents to different agencies and departments.

Tourists should provide necessary documents to a Tibet travel agency to apply for Tibet Travel Permit. Only when they get the permit, are they allowed to visit Tibet by train or by flight. See detailed application information at Apply for Tibet Visa for Travel, Permit to Visit Tibet.

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About Where to Apply for Chinese Visa for Tibet, Please See Details at Chinese Embassies and Chinese Consulates General

Get Tibet Permit before Chinese Visa

Tourist just needs to hand in their travel itinerary and Passport through Tibet Vista to Tibet Tourism Bureau to apply for Permit and a Visa invitation letter. Then go to Chinese embassy to apply for Chinese Visa by themselves with these two documents.

Can I go to Tibet with a Chinese visa?

If you are planning to travel to Tibet, one of the first things you will need is a Chinese Tourist Visa. After that, you can have a travel agency apply for your Tibet Travel Permit (a Tibet Visa does not exist as Tibet is part of China).

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