They used to ask for two blank pages facing each other but I do not see this requirement any more.
Then to enter Tibet you need the Tibet permit. Since you cannot roam around Tibet freely without a guide, whoever is organizing your tour should take care of all this for you.
If you enter from Nepal there may be further restrictions on the Chinese visa that require the application to be processsed in tandem with the Tibet tour organiser. You should seek advice about this. I know someone who had a perfectly valid multiple-entry visa for China and who wished to make this crossing from Nepal but was unable to do so last year without forfeiting her existing visa. I'm sure there will be a local advisor who can explain the situation.
So I do not need free pages in my passport like some visas
Don't get a Chinese tourist visa : it will not give you access to Tibet. You can only enter on a group visa , you can not interact directly with the Chinese embassy. The full process :
1. Select a travel agent in Ktm
2. Sign the forms you are handed by the agent , hand over passport & money
3. Show up for the ride to the border and walk across the Friendship Bridge
4 . New vehicle and guide
You can just give all your problems to a travel agency which can help you handle all the things.(Foreigners are not allowed to go to Tibet alone, you have to choose an agency)
Hold it for a moment. Lot of mixed up information here.
Entering Tibet from Nepal: DO NOT get a visa for China beforehand, it goes to waste as it will be canceled when you are issued a group visa for China/Tibet in Kathmandu. If you enter Tibet from Nepal you basically have to stay with the group until you exit China, so this is not the best way to go if you want to explore China after visiting Nepal and Tibet.
Entering Tibet from China, exiting to Nepal: You need normal China visa for China, after getting that you can arrange a tour to Tibet (TAR region of Tibet to be exact) with a travel agency, who will get you the Tibet permit. This is the preferred way of doing it if you want to see China freely as you wish before heading to Tibet and Nepal.
Getting into Tibet form Nepal seems to be slightly faster than from Chengdu for example, getting the group visa for China/Tibet from Nepal takes a week or so, getting the Tibet permit from China takes 2 weeks at least.
If your passport is getting full, get a fresh one before your trip. It is a legitimate reason to replace it before it expires.Edited: 20 March 2014, 12:30
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