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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 visit list, leave China from you designated exit city. 



The application process is as follow:

You need to say a few nights in Kathmandu so that we can get Tibet Group Visa (TGV) for you. The process is like below, please kindly calculate your time to see if your time frame is able to make this. 

  • We need about 5-7 working days to get invitation letter from Tibet government, then once it is obtained, we will send to our Nepal operator immediately by email

  • On Day1 upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepal operator will go to your hotel to collect your original passport + 2 passport size photo + TGV fee in USD cash

  • On Day2 our Nepal operator will apply the TGV for you at Chinese embassy located in Kathmandu, we can only apply on 5 days a week, which is Mon to Fri. so this Day2 has to be Mon, Wed, Fri.

  • On Day3 we will get the TGV and passport back from the embassy at noon time, then we will send them back to you at your hotel.

  • On Day4 you can fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa 


Note: (Please do inquire us beforehand to double check if your date is able to get TGV in time)

  • 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.

  • We can only apply the TGV on Monday to Friday. We can get the TGV out from 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:   (Available)

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 on Friday

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

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

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

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

6) Saturday is holiday, not visa application

7) Sunday is holiday, not visa application


*Urgent Application: (Available)

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 on Wednesday

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

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

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

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

6) Saturday is holiday, not visa application

7) Sunday is holiday, not visa application


*Top Urgent Application:   (temperarily not available due to embassy's new rule)

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 on Tuesday evening.

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

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

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

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

6) Saturday is holiday, not visa application

7) Sunday is holiday, not visa application


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Note: 

  • From 1st June 2017, the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu only take Nepal money for the TGV fee, so you can calculate it and get money exchanged at Nepal bank or your hotel, then pay the Nepal money to our Nepal worker. The reference exchanage rate is USD1=NPR103

  • But for the operatoin fee, you can still give our Nepal worker USD20/per person in USD cash. 



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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