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Visa, Passports & Permits

UK passport holders need a permit to visit Tibet, in addition to your Chinese visa. When you book your Tibet trip with us, your Travel Specialist will arrange these permits for you via our local partner in China. We’ll need a scan of your passport and China visa sent to us by e-mail so that we can send these to our local partner. Once they receive these documents, they’ll be able to arrange your permits.

For the latest information, just ask your Travel Specialist.

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Local Currency

Tibet uses the same currency as China -the Renminbi or ‘peoples money.’ The national currency is better known as the Yuan. Rural areas have very limited or no ATM facilities, so we recommend using Bank of China ATMs which are found in Lhasa and Shigatse. We also suggest exchanging traveller’s cheques at a hotel or bank. Banks are generally open from Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00. Old or tarnished Yuan notes are often rejected in most places so it’s best if you don’t accept them either.

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Credit and Debit Cards

When withdrawing cash or paying by card in Tibet, you’ll need to make sure that you have a debit card or credit card with a Visa, Maestro or Cirrus logo. Credit card payments are only accepted in large stores and hotels.

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Tips and Haggling

Though tipping isn’t customary in Tibet, and you won’t find many locals who ask for a tip, it’s becoming more common place to tip for good service. Therefore we’d recommend using your discretion towards you guides or drivers as tipping is becoming more common place for good service.

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