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Chinese Group Visa

Group visa obtained in Nepal
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The Chinese Group visa is issued to travelers who enter Tibet from Nepal. Everyone traveling from Nepal can enter Tibet only with this type of visa. If you already have a multiple-entry valid Chinese visa, you still need to apply for a Group visa. Your current visa will be canceled. It is a single-entry visa, valid for a maximum of 30 days.

The Chinese Embassy won’t stamp this type of visa in your passport. The visa is on a separate sheet of paper. It lists all visitors traveling in a group and the dates of your tour in Tibet. Each member of a group tour will receive two copies of the visa. One will be collected upon arrival in Tibet, and another one upon leaving Tibet. All members of a group tour have to enter and leave Tibet at the same time. Although the name of the visa is “group” visa, solo travelers can also apply for it.

Below we explain the process of getting the visa in detail.

Tibet Travel Permit and Invitation Letter

Processing time: 15 days
Cost: free

First, you need to contact a tour agency in Tibet and send a photo or a clear scan of your passport’s page with a photo. You should also discuss the desired itinerary for your vacation in Tibet. The travel agency submits all necessary paperwork to the Tibetan Tourism Bureau and applies for the permit for you. Along with the permit, Tourism Bureau will issue an invitation letter and send it to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

Chinese Group Visa Application

Processing time: 3-5 business days
Cost: refer to the table with prices below

The Chinese Embassy in Nepal requires Nepalese travel agencies to submit visa application documents. When you arrive in Nepal, you will meet with our partner agency in Kathmandu. He will submit all necessary paperwork to the Embassy. Please, note, you need to spend at least 3 full business days in Nepal. If you have any doubts, please, contact us before booking your tickets. Chinese Embassy is closed during both Nepalese and Chinese official holidays.

Documents Required:

The requirements are the same as for the regular Chinese Visa Application.

  • Chinese Visa Application
  • Passport, valid for at least 6 months
  • Copies of passport and previous Chinese visas (if you have any)
  • Passport size photo


The price of the Chinese Group Visa depends on the urgency and nationality. The service fee paid to our partner in Nepal is between $20 and $60 depending on a number of people in a group.

Below is the information about Chinese Group Visa cost:

NationalityOrdinary Service (5 business days)Urgent Service (3 business days)
US Citizen140178
Canadian Citizen84121
Romanian Citizen84122
Brazilian Citizen131168
Israeli Citizen4280
For Citizens of all other countries5189

More Information about Chinese Visa and Permits

Chinese Visa Application Guide

Detailed instructions on how to fill out an application, requirements to the documents and photograph you submit.

Tibet Travel Permit

Everything you need to know about Tibet Travel Permit: How to apply for a permit, what documents you need to submit, processing time and whether you need more than one permit.

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4 Responses

  1. Roland
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    Dear All,

    I have a general question. We are planning to spend our next holiday in Tibet and Nepal (Privat Tour: Lhasa to Mt. Kailash to Nepal).
    Is it possible for us to go by plain from Kathmandu to Lhasa? Which kind of Visa do we need- a group visa or a China Visa?
    Can we apply for the China Visa in Austria (= homeland) or is it necessary to apply at embassy of china in Kathmandu?

    Thank you in advance.
    Kind regards,
    Cecylia & Roland

    • Wonders Of Tibet
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      Dear Cecylia and Roland,

      I am happy that you would like to visit both Tibet and Nepal. You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. In that case, you will apply for Chinese group visa in Kathmandu Embassy. This Embassy accepts applications from Nepalese agencies only. Our representative will meet you in Nepal, collect paperwork and apply for visa for you. It takes 3-5 business days to process the visa. During that time you can travel in Nepal. Price: for 3 days service for Austrian passport holders: USD 89, for 5 days service: USD 51. In addition, the service fee for obtaining the visa is USD 40 per person.

      We will also email you details about the tour you like.

      Best Regards,

  2. Dan
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    Hello. When applying for the group visa, will the embassy give my passport back immediately, so I can travel around while waiting for procressing? I will do a Base camp trek and get back 12 days later. I will go to Tibet area after the trek.

    • Wonders Of Tibet
      | Reply

      Dear Dan,

      Embassy will return your passport only after your visa is issued. But you can travel in Nepal while your passport is in the Embassy. Make a copy of your passport and Nepalese visa and carry it with you.

      Enjoy trekking in Nepal!


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