FAQ Basanta Tibet

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do the travelers need the travel permits to visit Tibet?

Except Chinese visas, the travelers (including those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and other countries) need to obtain the Travel Permits issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). The Tibet Tour operators will provide the entire necessary assistant to obtain the travel permits. As per the current regulation introduced by TTB, the application procedure for Tibet travel permits must be applied 20 days before departure.

2. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

May to October. However, Tibet is now operational throughout the year including visiting Everest base camp due to improved infrastructure and well experience Tour operator.

3. What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?

High season means June to September. It is due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Hotels, airlines, transport and others services comparatively expensive in high season. Popular hotels and Tour Guide are must be book in well advance.

4. What documents do I need to travel to Tibet?

A passport valid for more than 6 months and a color passport size Photo. A valid Chinese visa (if you are entering from China mainland) you need Tibet travel permit (this document is obtained from TTB by your Tour operator)

4. What documents do I need to travel to Tibet?

A passport valid for more than 6 months and a color passport size Photo. A valid Chinese visa (if you are entering from China mainland) you need Tibet travel permit (this document is obtained from TTB by your Tour operator)

5. Do I need Visa for China?

Except those of Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Macau all visitors traveling to mainland China required visa. Chinese visa can be obtained from your home country as well as Hongkong or Macau or Kathmandu.

6. What should I be aware of when apply for the China Visa?

When you apply for the Chinese visa, we advise not to mention Tibet or to write anything about Tibet on the application form. It is advisable to refer to other places in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, etc. otherwise, visa officer may reject your application and won't issue the visa for Tibet.

7. Does it require having double/multi-entry visa to make entry into Tibet from China mainland and return to China mainland after the trip?

No, because Tibet is a part of China. If you enter Tibet from other cities of mainland China and after the trip in Tibet get back to any other cities of mainland China again, you need only a single entry visa. For example: Beijing? Tibet? Shanghai. For this, a single entry visa is okay.

8. If I travel via Nepal to Tibet, are there any special requirements on China visa?

You do not require Chinese Visa if you enter Tibet via gateway city of Kathmandu, Nepal. First your Tibet Operator will obtain visa approval document from TTB in Lhasa and submitting this document together with your passport, visa application and other supporting document in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu your Tibet visa will be obtained. Tibet visa working days are categorized as follows: Urgent (2 days), semi Urgent (3 days) and normal (4 days). Visa fees are charged as per the working days. What happened if Chinese Embassy is closed due to weekend or Chinese holidays? Chinese Embassy accepts and issues all visa formalities through their private consultant since few years. If travel date co-inside with holiday, visa authority accepts visa application before holiday time with all relevant documents and issue after verifying the original passport before departure.

9. What's the procedure to get China visa in Kathmandu ?

We need your passport valid for more than 6 months, Visa form duly fill up, Color passport size photo. Hotel voucher and flight ticket or train ticket. Chinese visa working days are categorized as follows: Urgent (2 days ), semi Urgent (3 days ) and normal (4 days)

10. Can I get the Tibet Travel Permit easily?

Any eligible Tourist with valid passport is entitled to receive Tibet Travel Permit through any registered Tibet Operator.

11. Can you arrange Tibet permit for us?

Yes, we can arrange Tibet permit provided you buy certain services and follow our security guideline as we will be liable for any eventuality.

13. What are the Tibet visa formalities and required documents ?

We have been notified regarding the new Tibet Visa formalities with immediate effect:

1. Photo must be as per the attached specification provided by the Chinese Embassy
2. Chinese Embassy will require original passport for 2 full days for visa process.
3. Visa application will be accepted only in weekdays (Monday to Friday). Embassy will not accept visa
Application during weekend Saturday and Sunday.
4. Visa application must be submitted before 11am at the Embassy and visa will be issued next
day afternoon in any weekdays.
5. Visa fee to be paid along with application form.

13. What are the Tibet visa formalities and required documents ?

We have been notified regarding the new Tibet Visa formalities with immediate effect:

1. Photo must be as per the attached specification provided by the Chinese Embassy
2. Chinese Embassy will require original passport for 2 full days for visa process.
3. Visa application will be accepted only in weekdays (Monday to Friday). Embassy will not accept visa
Application during weekend Saturday and Sunday.
4. Visa application must be submitted before 11am at the Embassy and visa will be issued next
day afternoon in any weekdays.
5. Visa fee to be paid along with application form.