For many people, Tibet is a place that you MUST visit at least once in a lifetime. The particularity of Tibet lies not only in its unique culture and ethnic religions but also in politics. Unlike other parts of China, foreign tourists can not visit with only a Chinese visa.
Accodring to the policy from Tibet Tourism Bureau, foreign tourists need the Tibet permit for Tibet tour. The Tibet permit for entering Tibet can not be arranged by yourself at your country like visa, it has to and can only be issued in Lhasa, Tibet. You need a local travel agency to do it, of course, that’s going to be one of our job.
The name of the travel agency will also be written on your Tibet permit, so travel agency is responsible for the journey during your trip in Tibet. For the Tibet permit arrangement, the whole process usually takes about 20 days. The permit will clearly indicate from which city the visitors going to enter Tibet, and what are the sites they will visit.
During your trip, you could find there are many checkpoints along the way. Your guide will hold the permit and your passport to deal with it, no worries.
But in 2012, Tibet closed the border to Norwegian visitors. The visitors from other countries and regions were not affected, they can still visit in Tibet as long as they have proper documents required like visa and Tibet permit.
Tourists from Norway are different. The permit application for passport holders from Norway will not be accepted at Tibet Tourism Bureau. This has made many visitors from Norway disappointed. For us, it’s also disappointing. Tibet is so beautiful, we do not want anyone to miss it.
What’s more make us anxious is we do not know when the ban would be lifted, maybe tomorrow, perhaps never. This is a very perturbed thing for Norwegian tourists who have always wanted to go to Tibet.
Norwegian visitors can visit Tibet like tourists from other countries
Fortunately, we got the good news is that since April 2018, Norwegian visitors can visit Tibet like tourists from other countries and regions as long as holding the Tibet permit.
Tibet's unique beauty, the wonderful beauty belong to everyone. The amazingness will follow everyone who loves it, who miss it.
Although eventually everyone would return to the daily life after visiting Tibet, probably it is just a short city tour, or it is a lake tour, or you made it all the way to Everest Base Camp, when the tour ends, you will return to your country, doing the same job before you came be Tibet, everything seems to be the same, but deep down in heart, you know it’s not exactly the same. Something is different.
The experience of visiting Tibet lies deep in your heart. Whenever you think about it, the good memories can bring you back to the magic Tibet at any time.