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If flying to Tibet through Kathmandu or Hong Kong and not setting foot in the rest of China, is a Chinese visa necessary to enter Tibet, or only the Tibet travel permit?

I do need a visa for mainland China other than under the 72/144-hour TWOV arrangement, which doesn't apply in Lhasa. Since Tibet has autonomy, however, I wonder whether a Tibet Travel Permit alone would be sufficient?

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    I believe the One China Policy includes Tibet as well... – JonathanReez Feb 21 '17 at 8:30
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    Unlike Taiwan, Tibet is actually physically controlled by the Chinese government, despite its separatist movement. So same laws apply as any other part of China. Only Taiwan actually is an independent government which China refuses to acknowledge. – Ciro Santilli 郝海东冠状病六四事件法轮功 Feb 21 '17 at 11:50
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    If you go to Tibet, then you are setting foot in China. Tibet is a part of China. – bubba Feb 21 '17 at 12:40
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    Er, the "Tibet travel permit" he is asking about is issued by the government of China. The question, viewed another way, is whether it "counts" as a visa under Chinese law. – Random832 Feb 21 '17 at 13:56
  • @Random832 "The question, viewed another way, is whether it "counts" as a visa under Chinese law" I know it doesn't if also visiting other parts of China – Crazydre Feb 21 '17 at 14:13
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Tibet is considered to be inside China, so yes you need a visa for China, plus a Tibet Travel permit. Tibet does not enjoy the special immigration rules that apply to Hong Kong.

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