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Tibet Group Visa
Written on 15th February 2017

Tibet Group Visa, also called TGV,  is a special visa granted to foreign visitors who travel from Nepal to Tibet or China, visitors only need to have this Tibet Group Visa for Nepal-Tibet(China) route, NO other visa is required. Many travelers are still confused of the Tibet visa for travelling from Nepal to Tibet, as a local operator, we would like to share some simple but useful information with you, so as to make your trip planning easier.



What Tibet visa is required for Kathmandu to Tibet ?

If you are travelling from Katmandu to Tibet, the only Tibet visa required for Kathmandu to Tibet(by land or by plane) is called TIBET GROUP VISA (TGV). Please DO remember that you do NOT need to apply any other type of China visa from your home countries. The TGV cover your Tibet tour and also China tour, so no other visa required, one TGV is enough for all.



Who can NOT get TGV

1) The following countries have to apply China Visa & Tibet Group Visa in their own respective country.

2) If any client who has traveled to following RED marked countries for more than 2 weeks , they will NOT able to get Tibet Group Visa.  


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How to get TGV ?

After you book the Tibet tour with a local agent, you will need to send your passport copy to the agent by email attachment. Meanwhile, the local agent will ask you to provide the following information,  then the Nepal agent will start the TGV application.

1) Tibet arrival date

2) Tibet departure date

3) If you also plan to travel further to mainland China after Tibet, you will need to specify all the Chinese cities in your visiting list, and these cities will be written on the TGV.



The application process is as follow:

1) Tibet agent will forward the invitation letter to the Nepal agent beforehand

2) The Nepal agent then forward the invitation letter to the Chinese embassy in Nepal for visa preparation

3) Upon your arrival, the Nepal agent worker will bring the visa form to your hotel and ask you to fill in, then you give your passport copies + visa form + TGV cost to the worker. The Nepal agent worker then will use your original passport + visa form to get the visa out from embassy

4) The Nepal agent worker will return to your hotel and give you the TGV + passport


Note:

1) The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu only works from Monday to Friday. They do not work during public holidays and weekends. So please kindly check with your Tibet agent to see of your stay in Nepal is ok to apply and get TGV 

2) You will also be required to forward 2 passport size photos (the photos must be 28mm-wide, 33mm-long) at the embassy (you may bring 2 photos from home or just simply take instant photos in Kathmandu) Please do not cut the photo, we can cut here to the right size. 



How many types of Tibet Group Visa (TGV)

*Normal Application:

Days Required: 5 working days

1) If you give us your original passport in Monday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Friday noon time

2) If you give us your original passport in Tuesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you next Monday noon time

3) If you give the us original passport in Wednesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Monday noon time

4) If you give us your original passport in Thursday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noon time

5) If you give the us original passport in Friday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Wednesday noon time

6) If you give us your original passport in Saturday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you next Friday noon time

7) If you give us your original passport in Sunday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Friday noon time


*Semi Urgent Application:  

Days Required: 3 working days

1) If you give us your original passport in Monday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Wednesday noon time

2) If you give the us original passport in Tuesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Wednesday noon time

3) If you give the us original passport in Wednesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Thursday noon time

4) If you give the us original passport in Tursday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Friday noon time

5) If you give the us original passport in Friday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Monday noon time

6) If you give the us original passport in Saturday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Tuesday noon time

7) If you give the us original passport in Sunday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Tuesday noon time


*Top Urgent Application: (This type sometimes will not be available as the embassy policy changes from time to time)

Days Required: 2 working days

1) If you give us your original passport in Monday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Tuesday noon time

2) If you give the us original passport in Tuesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Wednesday noon time

3) If you give the us original passport in Wednesday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Tursday noon time

4) If you give the us original passport in Tursday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Friday noon time

5) If you give the us original passport in Friday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in Monday noon time

6) If you give the us original passport in Saturday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Tuesday noon time

7) If you give the us original passport in Sunday morning, then we can get TGV and passport back to you in next Tuesday noon time


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Reference Holidays for Embassy:

During following holiday times, the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu will not accept TGV application, please kindly note. 

  • Jan: New year from 1st to 3rd Jan

  • Feb: Spring Festival from 15th-21th Feb.

  • March: no holiday

  • April: 5th, 6th, 7th, 30th

  • May: Labor Festival from 1st to 5th May

  • June: Dragon Boating Festival on 18th June

  • July: no holiday

  • August: no holiday

  • Sept: Middle Autumn Festival on 24th Sept

  • Oct: National Holiday from 1st to 8th Oct

  • Nov: no holiday

  • Dec: no holiday

  • All weekends



Special Note for Kathmandu to Lhasa flight

The flight shuttling between Kathmandu and Lhasa is only daily departure in certain months, if you plan to book any flight beforehand, please DO check the flight availability and the date with your Tibet agent beforehand.



How to book flights to Tibet

Many online flight booking platforms are now does not support foreign visitor's flight booking, they ask for Tibet permit before booking flights, but you can try to book fligths via this website: http://chinatour.net/flight/