FAQ

Your Questions, answered

Here you will find a number of frequently asked questions about our services and offerings at travelwildtibet. If you still have pending doubts after going through the FAQ page, please get in touch with us directly and we will provide answers. We are always happy to hear from our you.

How to get in Tibet ?

All Tibet travel permits (TTP) are issued at the Tibet Travel Bureau in Lhasa. Foreigners can not directly obtain a travel permit through this office. Only China based travel agencies registered with the Central Tourism Bureau of China can obtain these permits.

In order for a permit to be issued, you must book a tour.  We will work with you to establish a finalized itinerary to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).  Once your itinerary is set and your tour with us is booked, we will obtain the necessary permits for you.

We offer a number of existing Lhasa Tibet tours and surrounding Tibetan areas that are popular with travellers.  Alternatively, we are happy to work with you to create a unique itinerary specifically tailored to your wishes.

Who is eligible for a TTP (Tibet travel permit) to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR)? 

If you already have a L (tourist) visa, F (visitor) visa, or Z (Business) visa allowing your travel or stay in China, we can process the TTP immediately for you. For those who are coming to China as tourists, once you obtain a tourist visa, we can start to process your TTP paperwork prior to your arrival.  Additionally, those with X (Students), F, and Z visas are required to provide proof of study or work status in China. A stamped letter from your employer or school stating your position as a staff member, business agent, or student is required.

We cannot process a TTP for:

  • Diplomats

  • Journalists

  • Press Agents

  • Tibetan expatriates

  • Anyone (in official categories) involved in organizations or activities that can be deemed politically sensitive, illegal in China, or disrupting harmony between the various ethnic groups residing in Tibet.

 

What we need from you 

We will need a color scan of your passport and current Chinese visa. Your Chinese visa must be valid throughout the duration of your stay in Tibet.

Please keep in mind the permit processing time takes 10-12 working days since year 2008. For the west part of TAR (including Mt. Kailash), it might take approximately 20 days.
Those who take a overland journey or a flight to Lhasa will need to bring the original TTP with you for entrance. Those who take train to Lhasa will need to make three photocopies of your TTP. One copy will be used in order to buy your train tickets. The second copy is given to the police officers of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) to get on the train to Lhasa, and finally, you will need to show the third copy to the police officers from the Lhasa PSB.

Please make a note of the type of visa you are currently holding, and provide us with the following additional information:

  • Tourist (L) visa holders do not need to provide any extra documentation.

  • Business (Z) visas holders are required to send a copy of their work permit, and an official letter from their company certifying their status within that company.

  • Visitor (F) visa holders must also provide a letter from their company or school certifying their status within that company or school.

  • Student (X) visa holders are required to provide proof of enrollment at their place of study. A letter including the official school stamp is needed.

Important information regarding train tickets 

The Qinghai – Tibet railway has become a very popular means of transportation since it’s completion in year 2006.  During the tourist season starting in May and ending in late October, train tickets are difficult to obtain and the high demand for the tickets has brought an inflation of the ticket prices.  We make sure to obtain tickets for our customers at the cheapest price possible.  However, greater demand during the tourist season means that we are at times only able to obtain tickets at a higher price. Again, you will need to show your TTP copy, no matter the tickets are bought from the tickets office or from secondary sources.

No time to wait for TTP, now what?

In case your schedule does not allow you the time to wait for obtaining a TTP for TAR, you can explore the regions of Amdo and Kham Tibet, where you do not need to get any permit for travelling. These areas are part of the Tibetan Plateau, and are culturally Tibetan.  They are also less travelled and offer very unique experiences.  You can pick one of our home-stay tours, nomad camping tours, or treks and experience true Tibetan culture!

What to bring when you travel to Tibetan regions or western part of P.R.C

The following list is meant to act as a guide. Not every item will be required by every traveler. Feel free to contact us if you are unsure of how useful any particular item may be for you.

  • passport with Chinese visa

  • sunscreen (+50 )

  • hand sanitizer

  • earplugs

  • water bottle (should be leak proof; you will use your water bottle to cool boiling water or to treat water if necessary)

  • warm sleeping bag (depends where and when travel/ email for specifics)

  • lock for luggage

  • small towel

  • bandana — (for dusty car rides, etc.)

  • backpack (for carrying personal items during the day such as wallet, camera, hand sanitizer, etc.)

  • rain cover for backpack if trekking (a rain cover can be especially useful when traveling on dirty buses, or when your pack is on the roof of a bus in a rainstorm)

  •  feminine products (especially tampons–hard to find)

  • toiletries (especially dental floss & deodorant–hard to find)

  • any medications which you take regularly

  • digital camera + memory car

  •  flashlight + batteries/battery charger

  • adaptor for electronic products (such as mobile phone charger, laptop, etc.)

  • pocket knife (although keep in mind that knives are not allowed on trains, buses and any public transportations in China)

  • supplemental food / snacks (chocolate is always nice)

  •  pocket Chinese/English or Tibetan/English dictionary and/or phrase book

  • journal, book to read

  • small gifts from your state or country (new friends enjoy having something from where you came from)

  • plastic slippers to wear in the shower (shower floors are not always clean) – this can be easily bought once you arrive

  • here chapstick with UV protection

  • lotion (this is a dry and arid environment)
     

Clothes:

Jacket (good for windy, rainy, and cold weather), thermal underwear shirts/long-sleeved shirts, jeans/trekking pants, underwear, warm socks, warm gloves, warm hat, good pair of sunglasses, good walking/hiking boots, outdoor sandals
 

Medical Kit Suggestions

  1. aspirin / pain reliever

  2. multivitamins

  3. calamine lotion, sunburn relief, aloe

  4. antiseptic (for cuts)

  5. anti-bacterial lotion / soap

  6. eye drops for dry or windy weather

  7. insect repellant

  8. moleskin (for blisters)

  9. bandages, band-aids, gauze

  10. antibiotics

  11. antihistamine (for allergies, itching, preventing motion sickness)

  12. diarrhea medicines, laxatives

  13. antibiotics for Traveler’s Diarrhea

  14. rehydration mixture / electrolyte replacement mixture

  15. altitude sickness medication (only one type of medicine is sold in China, called Hong Jing Tian; you may want to bring medicine from your home country if you have access to better medication there)

  16. motion sickness pills

  17. jet lag pills

  18. personal perscriptions

What about the altitude sickness?

Things to Know about Travel at High Altitude

The Tibetan Plateau has an average elevation of 3600m. (12000ft.) It is important to know what to expect, and what precautions you should take when traveling at these elevations. There are many different factors that can affect how you respond to high altitude. Some of these are how much you excercise, how quickly you ascend, if you are ill, smoking, and others that are more comprehensively explained in the below links. Consult with your TWT local tour leaders on specific syndrome.

Some things you can do to help prevent altitude sickness are: stay well hydrated, decrease salt intake, do not be too physically active, eat high carbohydrate and low fat meals, reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.

Other factors at high altitude include intense sun exposure and colder temperatures. Make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. In Tibet the temperatures can change by the hour. It is important to dress in layers. Have a wind proof and water proof outer shell, and insulate inside with good base layers and mid layers. In the fall, winter, and spring a down coat is a good option for easily staying warm.

Do I need travel insurance?

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Vacinnes

The Centers for Disease Control provides current information on recommended immunizations for those travelling to China. Please visit the following link for this information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.aspx

How do I find out about  Chinese visa requirements?

Obtaining a Chinese Visa

Instructions on how to apply for a Chinese visa should be available on the website of the Chinese embassy of your home residence or country. Please bear in mind that the visa application process can take several days or weeks. Please allow for sufficient time to obtain your visa prior to travel.

Click here http://www.visarite.com/China_Visa_Form.htm to access a copy of the Chinese visa application form (in English).

TWT  wants you to travel safe, travel fun and travel right. Contact us for any additional questions!

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