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Tibet Visa and Passport Requirements

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The Tibet Autonomous Region is a province of China and so Chinese visas are required. For regulations and fees, please see the China passport & visa section.

To enter Tibet, you must also obtain a Tibet travel permit. The easiest way to do this is to join a tour group. Your agency will usually be able to arrange your permit within around seven days, although it can take longer if you're visiting restricted areas, which require additional permits. There are currently no restrictions on group size or nationality. Please note, the Tibet Tourism Bureau often puts a hold on issuing permits during times of political tensions and demonstrations and regulations are subject to change at short notice. Since 2008, no permits have been issued during the month of March each year.


This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

China National Tourist Office (CNTO) in the USA

Telephone: +1 212 760 8218.
Address: , Suite 912, 370 Lexington Ave, New York, 10017,
Opening times:

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA

Telephone: +1 202 337 1956.
Address: , Suite 100, 3505 International Place NW, Washington DC, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri: 0900-1730, 0930-1230 and 1330-1500 (visa section).

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UK

Telephone: +1 20 7631 1430
Address: , 31 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QD,
Opening times:

British Consulate-General in Chongqing

The nearest British representation to Lhasa.

Telephone: +86 23 6369 1400
Address: 68 Zourong Lu, 68 Zourong Road, Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, Yu Zhong District, 400010,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1200, 1300-1700

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