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Tibet Visa for Indian

Last Update: November 14, 2019

In accordance with the different destinations in Tibet, the requirement of Tibet Visa for Indian passport holders is correspondingly distinguishing. Generally, Indian travelers to Tibet are classified as ordinary Indian tourists and Indian pilgrims.

For ordinary Indian tourists who will not visit Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, they can obtain the Tibet Visa (Tibet Travel Permit) like other foreign travelers from all over the world. The Tibet Visa is required to apply through a local travel agency. However, for Indian pilgrims who will visit Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, their Tibet Travel Permits need to be verified and issued jointly by the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR, Tibet Military Region, Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps and the Department of Public Security of TAR. Here we will give a detailed guidance of Tibet Visa for Indian Citizens as follows.

What is Tibet Visa/Tibet Travel Permit?

Before entering Tibet, all international travelers have to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit in advance. The Tibet Travel Permit, also known as Tibet Visa, is the first permit you will need. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The Tibet Travel Permit is the pre-condition to apply for other required documents for Tibet tours. Without it, taking the train or plane from mainland China to Tibet is impossible. Because when you board, the staff will check your Tibet Visa. Tibet Travel Permit has to be applied through an authorized local Tibet travel agency, like us.

How Do Ordinary Indian Tourists Apply for Tibet Travel Permit?

If you are an ordinary Indian tourist with Indian Passport and planning to visit Tibet without heading to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, the application procedure of Tibet Travel Permit is the same as that of other international tourists.

Ordinary Indian TouristThe application procedure of Tibet Visa for ordinary Indian tourists is the same as that of other international tourists.

Specifically, you just need to tell us your basic information, such as your name, nationality, age, gender, occupation and so on, and email us the photocopy of your passport and Chinese Visa. We’ll take care of the rest. Application procedure normally takes 8-9 business days, and the permit needs to be delivered to you. In order to travel successfully, especially in the peak tourism of Tibet, we highly recommend you apply for it at least 20 days ahead of your arrival.

Besides, if you plan to visit Tibet from Mainland China, firstly, you need to obtain a China Visa and then apply for Tibet Travel Permit by a local travel agency. You can take the world’s highest Qinghai-Tibet train or fly to Lhasa from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xining and other cities of China. If entering Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Tibet Travel Permit and obtain Group Tourist Visa which is issued at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu

How Do Indian Pilgrims Apply for Tibet Travel Permit?

The Indian pilgrims come to Tibet mainly for pilgrimage around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. In fact, if you are an Indian passport holder, even though you are not a pilgrim, you will be treated as a pilgrim when you plan to visit Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar or just cross Ngari Prefecture.

Indian PilgrimsIndian Pilgrims.

The application of Tibet Travel Permits for Indian pilgrims is a little bit special. The Foreign Affairs Office of TAR, Tibet Military Region, Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps and the Department of Public Security of TAR work together to verify and issue the Tibet Travel Permit for Indian pilgrims. And only the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR (governmental) and Pilgrim Center (non-governmental) in Tibet that can authorize the Indian pilgrimage tour. Other organizations and travel agencies are not allowed to receive pilgrims.

However, being a professional travel agency focusing on Tibet tour for many years, we as Tibettour.org can organize regular Mount Kailash tours for Indian tourists and offer consulting service for pilgrims.

How About Tibet Visa for Indians holding US or other passports?

Fortunately, if you are an Indian-American with US passport or other passports, you won’t be taken as a pilgrim, even if you go to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar for pilgrimage. So, you can easily book Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar tour or other Tibet tours with us. The Tibet Visa application procedure will be the same as mentioned above.

More Travel Document for a Tibet Tour

Apart from applying for Tibet Travel Permit, Chinese Visa or China Group Visa in Nepal, the ordinary Indian tourists also need to obtain Alien’s Travel Permit, if they plan to go to Tibetan unopened Areas, such as Mount Everest, Basum Lake in Nyingchi, Ali and so on.

However, don’t worry about it, because compared to the Tibet Travel Permit, the Alien’s Travel Permit is much easier to obtain. This permit could be applied after you arrive in Tibet. You can apply for it at the Foreign Affairs Office either in Lhasa or Shigatse. Joining in our tour group, the professional Tibetan tour guide will help you apply for it. You just need to prepare the original Tibet Travel Permit and your passport to tour guide, after 1 - 1.5 hours, you will receive your Alien’s Travel Permit.

Conclusion

The Indian travelers with an Indian passport are generally categorized into 2 types when traveling to Tibet. The first type is ordinary Indian tourists who plan to visit places other than Ali Prefecture. They are required to apply for the Tibet Visa like other international travelers. The second kind is religious pilgrims or others who desire to visit Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Even if the latter is not for religious purposes, they will also be treated as pilgrims. The Tibet Visa for pilgrims needs to be verified and issued jointly by the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR, Tibet Military Region, Armed Police Tibet Frontier Corps and the Department of Public Security of TAR.

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