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Where and when can I get Tibet Travel Permit?

According to the rules, we can start to apply for the Tibet Permit about 20-30 days before your departure, and the permit will be issued to your Tibet operator about 5-7 days before your trip. So concerning where to get your permit, which depends on how and from which Chinese city you will enter Lhasa.

If you take train into Lhasa (from Xining, Chengdu, Shanghai, etc), we will just send copy of permit to you by email. Then you need to print it out in color. With printed permit, you can pick up your train ticket, board train from these Chinese cities.

Xining Train Station
Xining Train Station

If you fly from a Chinese city (Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, etc) or take train from those cities (Chongqing, Lanzhou, Xi’an) to enter Lhasa, we will deliver the original permit to your hotel in mainland Chinese city such as Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai where you will take flight or train to Lhasa. It usually takes about 2-3 days to courier the original permit to your hotel, you can get your permit at the reception upon check-in. In this way, please also tell your advisor detailed information of your hotel address, phone number of your hotel, booking number and when you will get to the hotel. The original permit will be checked before you get your flight boarding pass to Lhasa. And please keep your permit safe, do not lose it after you receive it, when you arrive in Lhasa and meet with your guide, you need to give it to your guide.

Lhasa Airport
Lhasa Airport

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