• by Ghita
  • Last Updated: 2019-07-08

As the most mysterious land in the world, Tibet has attracted thousands of international travelers every year to explore this land. Recently, more and more American travelers intend to travel to this mysterious land. At this time, you may wonder is it possible for Americans to travel to Tibet?  The answer is definitely YES.  As modern traffic develops in such a high level, traveling from the U.S. to Tibet become easier than it once was.

Direct flights from Los Angeles to mainland China.

Currently, there are multiple ways to get to Tibet from the U.S. The best way from the U.S. to Tibet is to take an airplane through the major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hongkong and Chengdu because only those cities have direct flights from the U.S.  After that,  you can transfer from those cities to Tibet. There are multiple itineraries you can choose. For example, you can set out from the JFK International Airport in New York to the PEK International Airport in Beijing, the non-stop flight takes only 13.5 hours and costs about USD730, then you can take the direct/connecting flights from Beijing to Lhasa.

By the way, traveling to Tibet from the U.S via Kathmandu, Nepal is also popular among Amerian travelers. The prices of flights from the USA to Kathmandu various from US$1,200 to US$1,400 depending on departure location and connections. Once you arrived in Kathmandu, you can take a flight to Tibet or travel to Tibet by road. There is a daily flight to Tibet during the peak & ordinary tourist season and only take about 1.5 hours to Lhasa.

As for the travel documents you need to prepare for your Tibet tour, its all depend on where you choose to enter Tibet, mainland China or Kathmandu, Nepal?

If you get to Tibet from mainland China, you must obtain a Chinese Visa and a Tibet Travel Permit.  First of all, you need to apply for your China Visa through the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. As for the Tibet Travel Permit, you can only obtain it with the help of the local travel agency in Tibet by booking their tours. With the scanned copy of your passport and Chinese Visa, your Tibet travel agency will guarantee you the permit. In general, it takes about 6~30 days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit according to your destinations in Tibet.

If you decided to enter Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal,  the document you need is China Group Visa(instead of Chinese Visa!) and Tibet Travel Permit. As U.S. citizen, your China Group Visa is higher than the citizens of any other counties, about USD175 per person. According to the current policy,  5-traveler is the minimum number to apply for their China Group Visa. And you still need to work with an organized travel agency based in Tibet such as The Great Tibet Tour.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Before your Tibet Tour, you should seek for a reliable Tibet travel agency. The Tibet travel agencies that situated in Lhasa is the best choice for you cos they can offer you the first-hand document directly instead of transmitting from the middleman.  In case you meet any problem for getting your document or have some issue in Tibet, the Tibet local travel agency can easier deal with it for you. Great Tibet Tour is a local travel agency in Lhasa since 2005 providing private tours and group tours for you. There are various of Tibet tour package and interesting Tibet travel itineraries. What are you waiting for? Hurry up to contact us to take this one-in-a-life journey!

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