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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.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

China National Tourist Office (CNTO) in the USA

Telephone: (888) 760 8218.
Address: , Suite 912, 370 Lexington Ave, New York, 10117,
Opening times:

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

Telephone: (202) 495 2266.
Address: , 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, 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: (020) 7299 4049
Address: , 49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1200 (except British and Chinese holidays).

British Consulate-General in Chongqing

Telephone: (23) 6369 1400.
Address: 68 Zourong Lu, Suite 2801, Metropolitan Tower, Yuzhong District, 400010,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0900-1700

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