Video: How to Apply for a Chinese Visa through a Visa Agency

2024 Travel Advisory: 

China is piloting visa-free programs for certain countries for entry to China, but all international travelers to Tibet also require a special Tibet permit.

US travelers must have both a Chinese visa (which you get on your own in the US) and a special Tibet travel permit, which you must get from an official Tibet travel agency. Starting January 1, 2024, China is simplifying the visa process for Americans, removing required proof of round-trip flights, hotel reservations and itinerary.

If you need help traveling to Tibet, ask us for an introduction to a reliable Tibetan travel agency here, at no cost to you.

In this video, we walk you through applying for a Chinese visa through an agency. (It is helpful to read the post on applying for a visa before you see this video.) We are not experts ourselves on acquiring Chinese visas, but we show you how you can get good information from a visa agency. You will find the links to various visa agencies that we recommend below the video: 

UPDATE: After we made this video, TravelVisaPro changed their advice to us on what is required for the flight itinerary portion of the visa application. At the time of the video, they had said in an FAQ on their site that you only needed a reservation and not necessarily a purchased ticket, but in late 2018 or early 2019 when we asked an agent to confirm this, they said this is not correct, and that you do need to show your purchased ticket.

Note also that the booked flight you submit for your Chinese visa should not include travel to or from anywhere in Tibet. Instead, most travelers book a flight to a city in mainland China (like Beijing, Xi’an, Xining, Chengdu), and then book a separate ticket to and from Lhasa. For the Chinese visa application, you will show only the roundtrip portion to mainland China.

The Visa Agencies that we Recommend

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  • Travel Visa Pro
    US citizens.
    We chose them on a friend’s recommendation, and were very happy we did. 
  • VisaHQ
    Canada, UK, German or Indonesian citizens. 
    VisaHQ gets good reviews.
    For Australian citizens, unfortunately, the only agency we know of is the Chinese Visa Application Service Center, at This agency is owned by CITS, which is a Chinese state-run entity. The only other choice we know of is to go directly to your nearest Chinese consulate. Please let us know if there is a better option we don’t know about.
  • Other citizens: Inquire with us at our contact form, or by replying back to one of our emails to you.

Disclaimer: YoWangdu has made every effort to find a superb travel agent for your trip. We find this agency in particular to be trustworthy and focused on great customer service. However, we can’t and don’t guarantee the services provided by this agent. We are not part of any agreements you may make with the travel agent and we have no responsibility for any loss or damage of any nature that may result due to your agreements with the agencies, or for any aspect of your trip to Tibet.