Visa obtained from Chinese Embassy/consulate from country other than Nepal is good to travel to China but not to Tibet. To travel to Tibet from Nepal, visa should be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu or in Delhi. Process of obtaining Tibet visa is as follows:
A. All tourists willing to visit Tibet must buy a package tour from the local agent in Kathmandu directly
or through their agents abroad and Tibet visa is issued only for the duration of the tour or trekking
booked and confirmed by Tibet travel agent. Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu issues Tibet visa for
tours and trekking in Tibet. But for Indian nationals willing to go to Kailash Manasarovar, Tibet visa
is issued by Chinese embassy in Delhi. For other than Indian nationals (passports) Tibet visa will be
issued by Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Application for Tibet visa must be made by the
government recognized travel agency in Kathmandu.
B. Scanned copy of passport containing details (full name, date of birth, passport No., nationality) should reach us at least 4 weeks before the commencement of tour. This copy of passport is required to process for visa authority letter (not for obtaining visa). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Tibet.
C. Visa is issued by Chinese Embassies only after receiving visa authority letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa.
D. Visa section in Kathmandu is open on every Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 0900 hrs till 1100 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. But in Delhi it is open from Monday till Friday from 10 AM till 11.30 AM. All passports seeking visa must be submitted with the embassy. Copies of passports are not accepted for granting visa.
E. Only group visa on a sheet of paper is issued to ensure their Tibet entry and exit together. One passport size photograph is required for group visa for other than Indian nationals. Individual Tibet visa on passport is not issued at all. Minimum group size required to apply for visa is 5.
F. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) sends visa authority on the request of the local agent in Lhasa. They also issue travel permit as per the program of tour/trek booked and confirmed by the agent.
G. Local agent requests for visa authority and travel permit only after receiving scanned copy of passport and full payment in advance.
Note : We can obtain Tibet visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu with-in one working day and in Delhi with-in 3 days. For Indian nationals entering Tibet from Nepal for Tibet tours or Kailash, Manasarovar tours and trekking, permission from Foreign Ministry of Indian Govt. is not required. Similarly, Indian nationals do not need Nepal visa. But for identification, they either must have passport or election card in their possession.
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