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Who needs to apply for the “Tibet travel approval letter”?

1. Non-Chinese citizen ID card holders – tourists from Taiwan
2. Non-Chinese passport holders - foreign passport holders.
Note 1: Chinese people living overseas shall also apply for the “Tibet travel approval letter” if they hold non-Chinese passports.
Note 2: Hong Kong and Macao compatriots are no longer required to present a “Tibet travel approval letter” when traveling to Tibet. Hong Kong and Macao tourists holding Chinese SAR passports, Home Return Permits (issued prior to 1988 and valid for ten years) or Mainland Travel Permits for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, can travel to Tibet.
Relevant provisions for foreigners to travel in Tibet
According to the National Tourism Administration, foreign tourists, Taiwan tourists and overseas Chinese (not including Hong Kong and Macao SAR residents holding Chinese SAR passports or Home Return Permits) are not permitted to travel independently in Tibet.Travel must be organized and planned in groups, regardless of the number of tourists.
Organized overseas travel groups can ask their travel agents to apply for the “Tibet travel approval letter” from the TTB and its offices in various regions. The TTB has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Golmud, and they all deal with applications from individual overseas tourists who want to travel to Tibet.

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