Tibet Visa, Passport and Money Advice
There’s a lot to think about when planning a trip to Tibet. Asides from all the exciting travel arrangements, it’s important to know about all essential travel information too.
In order to visit Tibet you’ll need a Chinese visa as well as various other permits. The permits can only be obtained through our local partners and our Travel Specialists will make sure that all of this is taken care of for you. For this reason, we require at least one month’s notice in order to book travel to Tibet. Below we have compiled all the information you’ll need for a smooth trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.