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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:

  • Tibet agent will forward the invitation letter to the Nepal agent beforehand

  • Upon your Kathmandu arrival, our Nepal worker will get to your hotel to meet you, and you give your original passport + 2 passport size photo + the TGV cost to our Nepal worker. 

  • The Nepal worker will forward the invitation letter + your original passport + 2 passport size photo to the Chinese embassy in Nepal and then get the TGV out

  • Our Nepal worker will return to your hotel and give you back the TGV + passport


Note:

  • The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu only takes application on Monday, Wednesday, Friday in a week, also they not work in holidays. So please kindly check with your Tibet agent to see of your stay in Nepal is ok to apply and get TGV.

  • Even though we can only apply the TGV on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. BUT we can get the TGV out from any regular working days except for weekends and public holidays.  

  • You will also be required to forward 2 passport size photos (the photos must be 2.5*3.5 CM in size, 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: 3 working days

Note: The official application days for TGV are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*Urgent Application:

Days Required: 2 working days

Note: The official application days for TGV are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*Top Urgent Application:

Days Required: 1 working days

Note: The official application days for TGV are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Special Note for Kathmandu to Lhasa flight booking

  • The flight shuttling between Kathmandu and Lhasa is only daily departure in certain months, if you plan to book flights on your own, please DO check with us beforehand, so that we can judge if the time left is enough to get TGV, please do remember this.  

  • The flights between Kathmandu and Tibet sometimes get delayed or cancelled due to various reasons, so it will be better for you to get a travel insurance to better protect your benefits.  



Sample of Invitation Letter for Tibet Group Visa Application (New Type)

Here below is a sample of Invitation Letter from Tibet grovernment, we will send this letter to our Nepal operator, and our Nepal operator will use this letter + your original passport to get the Tibet group visa from the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. 


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