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When to get my Tibet permit

For a normal Tibet tour, including tours to Mt. Everest, permit application must be carried out 15 days before the trip starts. The permit application checking and approval takes about 8 days, because not only Tibet Tourism Bureau but also Tibet Public Security Bureau will check all the documents carefully. So, it’s about 7 days before the trip the permit can be issued to your Tibet tour operator. The Tibet Tourism Bureau does not accept very early application, like 20 or 30 days before the trip, so it’s impossible for you to get your permit very early.

             Rough schedule to get your Tibet permit depends on your entry
 Day 1 Submit permit application to the Tibet Tourism Bureau
 Day 2- 7 Permit application check & approval by different governmental departments
 Day 8-9 Obtain permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau & send the permit by email to those who take train into Lhasa; print the permit out (get it)
 Day 10- 12 Courier the original permit to a hotel in China for those who take flight into Lhasa; claim the permit at the hotel reception (get it)
 Day 13-15 Take flight to Lhasa with original permit

Your Tibet tour operator will either courier or email you the permit depends on how your enter Lhasa (flight or train); original permit is required if enter by flight while permit printout is ok if enter by train, to conclude, it will be about 4 days before the trip you can get the original permit if you take flight as the courier process takes 3 days; while, it will be about 7 days before the trip you can get the permit sent to you by email if you take train.

The above mentioned case (time for permit) couldn’t be more common from April to October, and it will be earlier to get the permit from November to February during the low season of Tibet tourism as there are not many permit applications have to be done by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Sometimes, you can even get the permit 10 days before the trip.

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Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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