Visas information

Arriving Lhasa via mainland China
If you are planning to arrive in Lhasa via mainland China, you would need to apply for your Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your country.

Once you get the Chinese visa, you will need to scan it and email  it to us along with the copy of your passport. Both the documents should be clear and readable otherwise it will be rejected by the Tibet Travel Bureau in Tibet (TTB).
Please note that you would not be eligible for the Tibet travelling permit without the Chinese visa.
On the basis of the copies of the Chinese visa and passport, we will apply for your Tibet entry permit from the TTB. With the combination of the Tibet permit and Chinese visa you would be allowed to enter Tibet from the mainland China.
Once your Tibet permit is issued, you can collect it from anywhere in mainland China where you are supposed to arrive or have it delivered at your hotel you would be staying while in mainland China at an extra charge of USD 30 for courier.

Arriving Tibet via Kathmandu or go overland via Zhangmu or Simikot border
On the other hand, if you are planning to fly to Lhasa via Kathmandu or go overland via Zhangmu or Simikot border, you would need to arrive in Kathmandu at least 2 to 6 days (if you want to apply for the minimum visa – normal charge) before your entry into Tibet.

Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues visas only on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 0900 hrs to 1100 hrs.
Travelers are thus required to arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to the visa issuing days to enable us to get Chinese/Tibet visa for them.
In order to get the Tibet visa, we would need to show your original passport at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As such, our operating officer who would be at the airport to receive and transfer you to your respective hotel would collect the passport from you and get the visa.
Have a look at the chart provided below for your reference for the costs on Tibet visa:

Nationality Ordinary
(5 days)
Urgent
(3 days)
op Urgent
(same day)
American passport Holder USD 140 USD 155 USD 175
Other Nationality USD 50 USD 65 USD 85

SPECIAL NOTE TO CONSIDER:
Do not apply for the Chinese visa in your country if you are intending to travel to Tibet via Kathmandu (Nepal). If you had applied for the Chinese visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we get the Tibet visa for you here in Kathmandu.
The Chinese/Tibet visa you get in Kathmandu is a “group visa” and is not entered in travelers’ passports but on a separate sheet of paper – be it one person or a group consisting of two or more persons.

Visa & Entry Procedure
These are subject to change and depend on whether you join the trip in Kathmandu or China. If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu you will need a multiple entry visa for Nepal which can be obtained either from your nearest Nepalese consulate or on arrival in Nepal.
For Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least 20 days prior to the beginning of your trip, followed by your actual passport five days before the issuing days. If you are entering via mainland China you have to obtain Chinese visa from your home country. Visa regulations in Tibet keep changing, please ask us for latest Tibet visa information.

Contact Us

P.O. Box: 12821, Pandol Marg,Balwatar Ktm, Nepal.
Tel: 977 1 4006687 / 4006689
Fax: 977 1 4006686
E-mail: yeti@yetiadventure.com