Passports & Travel Visas

Information by Destination


In addition to the entry requirements for China, all visitors to Tibet must also obtain a free Tibet Travel Permit, issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). You must apply through an authorized Tibet tour operator such as Friendly Planet. See the China National Tourist Office website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will obtain your Tibet Travel Permit. After you book and have received your Chinese travel visa, please send the following to so that we may process this permit: 1) a color scan or color photocopy of your Chinese travel visa; 2) a color scan or color photocopy of the photo page of your passport; 3) a color scan or color photocopy of a 2" x 2" passport-size photo; and 4) your occupation.

It is the responsibility of each traveler to determine passport and visa requirements and comply with them and to secure the proper travel documents. To avoid disappointment and unnecessary expenses, please carefully review the requirements so that you can obtain all necessary documents well before your trip. Requirements are subject to change, often without notice, and we suggest you verify requirements with the relevant embassy or consulate. We will not be held responsible for any charges, trip interruptions, or cancellations due to incorrect or missing visas, nor will travel insurance cover your lost expenses.

General Requirements & Guidelines

Getting a Visa

In general, if you are a U.S. citizen and have booked a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms.

If you are not a U.S. passport holder, or have booked a package with Flexible Dates or one of our other products, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa. Please carefully review your entire itinerary (including all ports of call on cruises) to determine which countries you will visit. (Pay special attention to international flight routing, as some countries require visas for transiting through their airports, even if you are en route to another country.) Then determine the passport & visa requirements for each country on your itinerary, including whether you may need a multiple-entry visa. We recommend using an expedited visa service—see below.

Select a destination above to see more specific instructions.

Expedited Visa Service

Need to obtain your own visas? Though it is possible to obtain a visa directly from the consulate of the country you're visiting, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider for most destinations, VisaHQ. Here's why:

To get started, select the countries that you will be visiting.