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Last Upate: July 11, 2024

Travel Tibet from Nepal: Chinese Group Visa & Tibet Travel Permit are the Musts

Are you planning a journey from Nepal to Tibet? Then you'l need to secure two essential documents: the chinese Group Visa and the Tibet Travel Permit.

In this comprehensive article, we'l cover everything you need to know to obtain these permits and ensure a smooth journey into Tibet from Nepal.

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Contents of this Article:

Chinese Group Visa is Different from Chinese Visa: A Must for Travel from Nepal to Tibet

The Chinese Group Visa is a single-entry tourist visa issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. It is a special Group Visa required for foreign travelers who enter Tibet via Nepal.

It is a sheet of paper that lists all the names of the people in your tour group, along with their nationalities, birth dates, and passport numbers. Furthermore, the Chinese Group Visa for entering Tibet from Nepal is usually valid for no more than 30 days.

Chinese Group Visa Chinese Group Visa is a single-entry tourist visa.

Your Chinese Visa will automatically become invalid when you obtain your Chinese Group Visa. Therefore, it is suggested to enter Tibet from mainland China if you already have a Chinese Visa. If you decide to enter Tibet from Nepal and do not want your Chinese Visa to become invalid, you can fly to Chengdu from Nepal and then proceed to Tibet from Chengdu.

Additionally, if you and other travelers use one Chinese Group Visa, you must enter or exit China on the same date.

Tibet Travel Permit is Another Must to Enter Tibet from Nepal

Whether you enter Tibet from Nepal or mainland China, the Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa, is one of the indispensable necessary documents required for a tour in Tibet. It is the precondition for applying for other permits that you may need to tour around Tibet.

Similar to the Chinese Group Visa, the Tibet Travel Permit can only be obtained through an authorized travel agency based in Lhasa, and individual applications are not allowed. No worries, as a trustworthy international travel agency, we can help you get them successfully on your behalf.

Tibet Travel Permit Tibet Travel Permit is also required to enter Tibet from Nepal.

How to Get a Chinese Group Visa? Follow These Easy 4 Steps

Since Chinese Group Visa cannot be applied individually, you need to contact a local travel agency like us to help you. The application steps by us is simple. Check the following steps:

Step 1: Book your Nepal and Tibet tour with us.

Foreign travelers are required to join an organized tour when visiting Tibet. Thus in the first step, you need to confirm your itinerary with our travel consultant, and book your tour with with us. Once you book a Tibet Nepal tour with us, we will apply for your Chinese Group Visa on your behalf before your departure.

Step 2: Mail a copy of your passport to our travel consultant in Lhasa.

Send the scanned copy of your passport to us, then we will help to submit the Tibet Permit application to Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). It normally takes 8 - 9 days for TTB to issue the Tibet Travel Permit and Visa Invitation.

Step 3: Arrive in Kathmandu and hand over your original passport to us.

You need to arrive in Kathmandu at least 4 days in advance and give your original passport, personal photo and visa fee to our staff in Kathmandu.

Step 4: Get the issued Chinese Group Visa.

After our staff gets your China Group Visa, he/she will deliver it to your hotel in Kathmandu immediately.

It seems a little complicated, but we can help you make it simple. Our Tibet Nepal tour packages include the application services for all the permits and visas you need for your Tibet Nepal trip and our 1-on-1 travel expert will always follow the whole procedures and keep in contact with you.

How to Get a Tibet Travel Permit? Super Easy Nowadays with Just One Step

Obtaining a Tibet Travel Permit is now easier than ever. For tourists entering Tibet from Nepal, all you need to do is book your tour with us and send a copy of your passport to us. From there, we'll take care of the rest.

To ensure a smooth application process, we recommend sending your documents to us at least 20 days before your tour departure. With just one step, you'll be on your way to exploring the wonders of Tibet hassle-free.

How Much Does a Chinese Group Visa & Tibet Permit Cost Separately?

For our clients, the Tibet Travel Permit is free of charge as long as you book your Nepal and Tibet tour with us.

As to the Chinese Group Visa for entering Tibet from Nepal, the price depends on different situations. See the table as follows.

Chinese Group Visa Application Fee (Updated in Mar., 2024)

NationalityTimes of EntryNormal (US$)Urgent (US$)
Nepali Citizens Single 48 77
US Citizens Single 155 185
Canadian Citizens Single 85 114
Israeli Citizens Single 54 83
Romanian Citizens Single 85 115
Serbian Citizens Single 39 68
Albanian Citizens & Micronesian Citizens Single 38 67
Brazillian Citizens Single 118 147
Argentine citizens Single 60 89
Other Citizens Single 60 89

1. The above fee only covers the Group Visa charge. An additional USD 20.00 per person is required for Group Visa processing service.

2. With an extra VIP service priced at USD 32.00 per person, you can obtain a guaranteed Group Visa within 3 working days.

3. For the most latest information, please feel free to contact us.

How Long It Takes to Get My Chinese Group Visa & Tibet Permit?

It normally takes 4 working days to process your China Group Visa in the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. And handling an urgent group visa needs only 3 working days. The working days of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is from Monday to Friday.

For the Tibet Travel Permit, it normally takes 8-9 days to issue the permit from the TTB. But it is suggested to send your passport copy to us at least 20 days before your tour departure.

Where Will My Chinese Group Visa & Tibet Permit Be Checked?

Your Chinese Group Visa will be checked at the Gyirong Border when you travel overland from Nepal to Tibet. And if you get from Nepal to Tibet by flight, your Chinese Group Visa will be checked at the airport in Kathmandu.

As to the Tibet Travel Permit, it will be kept by your tour guide, and he or she will show it on your behalf at different checkpoints of your trip.

Gyirong Port Our clients arrive at Gyirong Port before entering Tibet.

What Other Permits Are Required for a Nepal Tibet Tour?

Apart from the Tibet Travel Permit and Chinese Group Visa, you also need to apply for other documents if you plan to visit “unopened areas” or military sensitive areas in Tibet.

You need to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit when visiting Mount Everest, in addition to the Tibet Travel Permit. And a Military Travel Permit and Foreign Affair Permit will be required if you want to tour Mount Kailash.


If you desire to take a tour in Tibet from Nepal, you are required to first obtain two permits: Chinese Group Visa and Tibet Travel Permit. And once you book your Tibet Nepal tour with us, we can help to handle these permits on behalf of you. For more question about permits to enter Tibet from Nepal, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us for inquires.

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