Most of the foreigners are curious about China, the Oriental powerful country. And in their opinion, the most mysterious place in China is Tibet, a relatively isolated region compared with the rest provinces. Due to its special geographical and political situation, traveling to Tibet is not as easy as other places, especially for foreigners. According to the government’s regulation, foreigners are required to apply for certain permits to get into Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibet Travel Permit is the basic one, today, we are going to talk about another commonly used permit, the Aliens’ Travel Permit.
What is Aliens’ Travel Permit?
If foreigners only plan to visit Lhasa and Nagqu area, there is no need to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit, which is required to enter un-opening regions, such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, etc. It is issued by the Public Security Bureau, so, it’s also called “PSB” permit.
Who must apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit?
Any Chinese Passport holders no need to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit. For foreigners and Taiwanese who booked a tour with a Tibetan local travel agency, the agent can obtain Aliens’ Travel Permit for them. But diplomats, journalists, and government officials have to go to the Foreign Affairs Office of Tibet Government and apply for the permit in person.
When to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit?
The PSB Permit is not like Tibet Travel Permit which is required to obtain before you travel to Tibet, but normally to apply for it after you arrive at Lhasa, of course, before you go to those regions not opened to the public.
There is one exception, if you travel to Tibet from inland China, like Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai, and Xinxiang Province, you have to get the Aliens’ Travel Permit prior your tours start.
How to apply for Aliens’ Travel Permit and what is the cost?
Before you travel to the un-opening area in Tibet, your tour guide will collect your original passport and Tibet Travel Permit, then go to the office of Foreign Affairs Division to submit the application form. After a few hours, it will be done at a cost of 50 CNY per person. It’s quite easy as long as you have engaged with the reliable travel agency. But please be noted that, no any travel agency dares to obtain the PSB Permit for travelers without a tour. You are kind of their responsibility once you get the permit under their company’s name. They have to keep an eye on you, otherwise, they will get seriously punished if anything goes wrong.
Where are the areas closed to foreigners and need to enter with Aliens’ Travel Permit?
Up to now, Lhasa and Nagqu Prefecture in Tibet are opened to foreigners, where can be reached with Tibet Travel Permit only. The following lists are regions and attractions required Aliens’ Travel Permit for foreign tourists.
Shigatse Prefecture: Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery, and Sakya Monastery
Gyangtse Prefecture: Pelkor Chode Monastery
Ngari Prefecture: Mt. Kailash &. Lake Manasarovar, Tsaparang, etc.
Tsedang Area: Samye Monastery, Chongye Burial Mounds (Tomb of Tibetan King), Yumbulakang Palace, Trandruk Monastery
Nyingchi Region: Basum-tso, Bomi, Rawo-tso, etc.
Chamdo Region: Chamdo, Riwoche, Tengchen, etc.