How to Travel from Germany to Tibet?

How to Travel from Germany to Tibet?
Tibet, nicknamed as ‘Roof of the World’ has drawn many travellers from all over the world. The lofty Tibetan Plateau on the northern side the Himalayas, the mysterious Buddhist monasteries, the devoted and hospitable Tibetans… all add more charm to this land of snow. Among all travellers Germen are a prominent bunch. From Germany to Tibet is about 6672km away but it doesn’t stop the enthusiastic Germen travellers travel from Germany to Tibet every year. Here Tibet4Fun shares with you some useful tips about how to travel from Germany to Tibet.

Generally speaking there are two major routes: to travel Germany to Tibet via China & to travel Germany to Tibet via Nepal. Both routes have their own pros and cons. To put it briefly, via China is the slightly better choice because you can have all travel documents done in advance before your journey starts while from Nepal you need to stay at least 3 working days in Kathmandu to do a special Chinese visa there.


Book Your Tour
Most travellers tend to apply Chinese visa, book international flights, and sometimes even hotels in Lhasa before they contact a Tibetan travel agent. This is NOT a better way to do it. It happened before when a traveler had all these above done for his Tibet tour in March, only to find out later from Tibet4Fun that Tibet is closed for foreigners every March. You see, all these could be avoided if you contact a local travel agency first to give you the up-to-date customized information. It’s also better than to search randomly online with lots of maybe-true-maybe-false information about Tibet travel. Tibet4Fun would not only help you finalized your Tibet tour but also give you suggestions about your Chinese visa application, international & national flights to/from China…

Chinese Visa
Chinese visa is needed for your tour from Germany to Tibet via China. There are Chinese embassies in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich where you can have you Chinese visa applied. Embassy would ask you to provide your international flight info to and from China, and your hotel booking or itinerary in China. If your itinerary is asked, it’s best to avoid mention that Tibet is included in your plan because embassy may then ask for more documents and make everything more complicated than necessary. For more inside tips please email us:

Tibet Permits
All foreigners need Tibet Permit(s) to travel Tibet besides Chinese visa. There are 3 types of Tibet Permits in general: Tibet Travel Permit (TTB permit, also called Tibet Entry Permit), Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB permit) and Military Permit. Tibet Travel Permit is a must for every foreigner who wants to travel Tibet, the other two are optional based on your itinerary. We call them collectively as Tibet Permits. The more complicated of your itinerary the more Tibet Permits you need thus the longer it takes to apply them all.

There’s a tricky questions we as Tibetan travel agent most afraid to hear: how long does it take to do Tibet Permits? Depends on your itinerary, the process takes from a few days to a month or more. It’s not easy to give you a precisely days needed, Tibet Tourism Bureau where we apply Tibet Permits for you, is not famed for its accuracy and efficiency (Shhh…). That’s why you are suggested to book your Tibet tour early rather than late to avoid any possible unexpected situations.

Flight from Germany to China
There is no direct flight from Germany to Tibet. Your journey from Germany to Tibet includes two legs: Germany to China then China to Tibet. Nowadays there are many direct flights from Germany to China, such as Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Berlin. Please check the availability of flights from Germany to China below.

 Frankfurt Airport   
 Frankfurt-Chengdu  Air China  3 flights per week Nonstop
 Frankfurt-Beijing  Lufthansa  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Air China  2 flights per day  Nonstop
 Frankfurt-Shanghai  Lufthansa  2 flights per day  Nonstop
 China Eastern Airlines  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Air China  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Frankfurt-Hong Kong  Lufthansa  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Frankfurt-Nanjing  Lufthansa  3 flights per week  Nonstop
 Frankfurt-Qingdao  Lufthansa  3 flights per week  Via Shenyang
 Frankfurt-Guangzhou  China Southern Airlines  3 flights per week  Via Changsha
 Munich Airport
 Munich-Beijing  Lufthansa  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Air China  5 flights per week  Nonstop
 Munich-Shanghai  Lufthansa  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Air China  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Munich-Hongkong  Lufthansa  1 flight per day  Nonstop
 Dusseldorf International Airport   
 Dusseldorf-Beijing  Air China  3 flights per week  Nonstop
 Berlin Airport   
 Berlin-Beijing  Hainan Airlines  4 flights per week  Nonstop


Book Your Tour
Same as from China, to book your tour prior everything is suggested. More so if you are traveling Germany to Tibet via Nepal when dates & days are mostly important due to the Chinese embassy’s opening time of the week. More will be explained below.

Chinese Group Visa
To travel from Germany to Tibet via Nepal, a special visa called Chinese Group Visa needs to be applied and obtained in Kathmandu Nepal. The usual Chinese visa is of no use here. Any previous owned Chinese visa will be automatically expired once Chinese Group Visa is applied. Chinese Group Visa needs to be applied after your arrival in Kathmandu with your original passport & a passport photo which takes 3 working days. This will be taken care of by the Nepali partner of Tibet4Fun and your presence is not required. Chinese embassy in Kathmandu works from Monday to Friday and is off on both Nepalese and Chinese holidays, which are a lot. That’s why you need to be extra careful with your travel dates when travelling from Germany to Tibet via Nepal. Consult Tibet4Fun prior any booking of flights and hotels is highly recommended. With Chinese Group Visa alone you can travel from Nepal to Tibet, either by flight or land.

Tibet Permits
With Chinese Group Visa alone you can travel from Nepal to Tibet, either by flight or land, but Tibet Permits are still needed upon entry. According to local regulations, we cannot mail Tibet Permits abroad. When travel from Germany to Tibet via Nepal, Chinese Group Visa alone is sufficient for you to take a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu or by land from Kathmandu to Gyirong border. Upon landing in Lhasa Airport or arriving in Gyirong Port, your Tibetan guide needs to show authority your Tibet Permits in order to pick you up and start your journey in Tibet.

This is a rough sum-up about how to travel from Germany to Tibet with information you may or may not needed. The better way is always to contact Tibet4Fun so useful and necessary information will be provided according to your unique plan and situation. Tibet4Fun is aimed to help more travellers to come to Tibet and promote Tibet with its extraordinary culture in the process.

This article is written by Wangmo, Tibet travel specialist of Tibet4Fun