Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) is the most important permit of your Tibet tour, but it is not the only one. If you are going out of Lhasa, you will further need Aliens’ Travel Permit (PSB Permit) as well. Many of areas in Tibet are in the list of PSB. Such as Gyangtse, Shigatse, Everest, etc. But Lhasa and Naqu regions are open to foreign travelers and no need for Travel Permit.
Besides that, If you travel to some "restricted" places, you will further need a Military Permit (PSB Permit)
We are not allowed to sell any permit to independent travelers
According to the regulation, travel agencies are not allowed to sell all these Tibet Permits to independent travelers, all travelers need to book a tour with a local travel agent, and travel with the guide and driver’s accompany, independent travel is not allowed in Tibet do to political reasons.
PSB Permit - Alien Travel Permit
Who can and CAN’T apply for a PSB permit?
Only Diplomats, journalists, and government officials are NOT allowed to travel to Tibet due to government regulations, other visitors are ok to get the PSB permit.
Indian pilgrim groups traveling to Nagari area have to go to special local operators for a pilgrim tour, there are only 4 travel companies can handle Indian pilgrim groups.
How to Apply for a PSB Permit?
We will arrange Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB) when you are actually in Lhasa, your original passport & visa are required to apply. Our guide will ask for your original passport and via to apply PSB permit, which usually takes couple of hours and RMB50/per person for application.
Restricted Areas Require PSB Permit:
You do NOT need PSB permit if you only travel to Lhasa and Nagqu regions. But you must apply for PSB permit if you are planning to travel to following places:
Tsetang: Samye Monastery, Yumbulakhang, Tomb of Tibetan King, Changdruk Temple,
Shigatse: Sakya Monastery, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery
Gyangtse: Pelkor Chode Monastery & Kubum Stupa
Nqari Area: Basumtso lake in Nyingchi Region