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Top 10 Tibet Travle FAQs


First time to visit Tibet? With a lot of questions and misgivings?

Put your worry aside, your questions and concerns about traveling in Tibet will be solved here. We collected the Top 10 FAQs about the Tibet tour for your reference as blew:

  • What documents do I need to travel to Tibet?
  • What do I need to do to obtain the Tibet travel permit?
  • If having a Tibet travel permit, is it ok to go to the sites without a guide?
  • Can I travel to Tibet by myself?
  • When is the best time to visit Tibet?
  • Can I travel Tibet with my child?
  • Can I use my credit card in Tibet?
  • Is it easy to purchase a train ticket to Tibet now?
  • What are the hotels like in Tibet?
  • Does the hotel room have access to internet?

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

You need to have: a valid passport; a valid Chinese Visa and a Tibet travel permits.

Tibet travel permits including:

  • TTB Permit – Tibet Entry Permit. All foreign tourist and Taiwan tourists must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit for entry to Lhasa or any other parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • PSB Permit – Aliens' Travel Permit. By now, much of the Tibetan Autonomous Region outside Lhasa prefecture-level district is officially closed to foreign individual visitors. If you want to visit these "unopened" places, like Mt. Everest, you must further apply for a PSB Permit.
  • Military Permit, if you are planning to travel to some military sensitive areas such as Mt. Kailash and Eastern Tibet, a military permit is required.

Please Note: Recently, it is earlier to issue Tibet permits if there are more than 6 people with the SAME nationality in a group. So if you decide to travel Tibet in next few months, it is time to find your travel mates or creatie your travel group now.

2. What do I need to do to obtain the Tibet travel permit?

You need provide us with the high quality scanned copies of your passport and China visa, and the following information as well. Then we can hold these things to help you get the Tibet travel permit.

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Nationality

3. If having a Tibet travel permit, is it ok to go to the sites without a guide?

By far, visitors can not apply for the travel permit independently, and needs to go via a Tibet travel agency. Then, Travel agencies will allocate a tour guide with each group while applying for the permit.

Usually, you cannot go to monasteries and tourist sites without accompanying a tour guide or outside of Lhasa. But other places where this is not a requirement, such as wandering around the city and bazaars…However, when you are alone outside, maybe the local police will question you and the worst you will get in trouble. So, for your safety, you need to find a tour guide.

4. Can I travel to Tibet by myself?

According to China's regulation, individual travel to Tibet is not allowed. You have to take part in an organized group tour or customize your Tibet tour with a local travel operator.

5. When is the best time to visit Tibet?

Generally speaking, the best time to visit Tibet is between April and October, and from May to September is the peak season. However, if you can bear the cold weather having a winter tour will save your money and avoid the crowds.

6. Can I travel Tibet with my child?

Tibet may not be an ideal destination for young children. The climate and generally harsher conditions in Tibet may not be ideal for young children. The sights and attractions are not those which children like to visit and facilities will be very primitive. If you do decide to bring your young child to Tibet please ensure that you bring all your child’s daily needs with you.

7. Can I use my credit card in Tibet?

Credit cards are not a recommend as a way of payment in Tibet because the acceptance is very limited. They are only accepted by the Bank of China, up-market hotels and large shopping departments in Lhasa and Shigatse.

8. Is it easy to purchase a train ticket to Tibet now?

The popularity of taking a train to Tibet has resulted in the huge demand for Tibet train tickets among visitors. It's very difficult for individual travelers to get a ticket on their own. Even reliable travel agencies sometimes can not guarantee successful booking. So, flying into Tibet and returning by train is a good choice.

9. What are the hotels like in Tibet?

Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 5 star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center to protect the city’s history and environment. Old hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base Camp are very basic. Learn more about Tibet Hotels.

10. Does the hotel room have access to internet?

Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.

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