Having a close contact with Tibetan tourism industry, Nepal is the main country for foreigners to travel to Tibet. Not only can tourists get to Tibet by the direct air at the Kathmandu airport, but also they can take a Nepal Tibet overland tour via Gyirong Port. According to the restrictions, foreigners are required to have the Tibet Travel Permit when entering Tibet border. What’s that permit, you also should have the other visa of you travel to Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet from Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal, that is the Group Tourist Visa. Here is some latest information about Tibet Group Tourist Visa from Nepal.
The Latest Official News about How to Apply for the Group Tourist Visa
Since from July, 13,2017, the regulation about how to apply for the Group Tourist Visa has been changed a lot by the Chinese Embassy in Nepal. It has updated four regulations as follows.
Firstly, tourists should arrive in Nepal in advance, then you should send your original passport to Chinese Embassy at least three days early. Because the whole process of the application needs three days.
Secondly, the procedure of the application is conducted only on working days instead of Saturday and Sunday. Don’t send your personal information to Chinese Embassy on weekend.
Thirdly, the document of the application should be sent to Chinese Embassy before 11 am, or you won’t get the visa in the afternoon after three working days.
Fourthly, when you apply for the Group Tourist Visa, you should prepare all the needed paper in advance because Chinese Embassy has strict rules about the prerequisite of the application. And the Embassy will refuse any urgent application.
How to Apply for the Group Tourist Visa in Nepal
No matter you how to start your Tibet tours from Nepal, you must hold the Group Tourist Visa before entering Tibet border. This visa is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. The complete procedure is listed below.
Firstly, you should book a professional local travel agency such as Great Tibet Tour because an international traveler is not allowed to have a solo Tibet holiday. You can only get to Tibet guided by a local travel agency and accompanied by a local Tibetan tour guide. After confirming your Tibet tour route with the tour operator, you can ask them for help to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. Tibet Travel Permit cannot be applied by yourself, thus you need a help from your travel agency. The document like your copy of the passport should be sent to the agency before the application. It always takes tourists several days to get the permit from Tibet Tourism Bureau.
Secondly, when you arrive in Kathmandu, you can send your passport to your operator in advance and pay for the application fees. The fees vary from country to country, check the latest information online.
Thirdly, as soon as your travel agency get the visa, they will deliver it to your hotel immediately. Remember to keep it well with other important documents like Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, etc.