Canada is located in the northern part of North America. The people in Canada are very friendly and have a deep love for nature. In recent years, a great number of Canadians fly across North Pacific Ocean to have adventure tours to the holy land—Tibet for business or pleasure. At present, if they want to enter Tibet from Canada, there are two ways to choose. One is traveling to the Mainland China and then transfer to Tibet, the other is traveling to Nepal and transfer to Tibet. Both ways are available, but travelers need to apply the required documents from Canada via China.
Tibet Visa Application for Canadians
The Tibet Visa is a must for every foreign travel to Tibet. As all international travels are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone, they need to book Tibet tour from a travel agency and seek help from them to apply for the TTB issued by the Tibet Travel Bureau after getting their China Tourists Visas.
Canada-Mainland China- Tibet
The flights from Vancouver to China normally cost at least 12 hours and the ticket price varies from seasons. So it is recommended to book your trip months earlier and share the required documents. In addition, booking the trip earlier allows you a chance to search websites to buy a cheaper flight. There are many direct or connecting flights to China from Canada. And after your arrival at major Chinese gateway cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, you can easily find direct flights to Tibet.
Canada to Beijing (Duration: 11h35m non-stop; up to 28h13m with 1 stop in SFO,DFW,HKG, TPE.)
Canada to Shanghai (Duration: 12h non-stop; up to 18h 30m with 1 stop in HKG, SFO, PEK,ICN)
Canada to Guangzhou (Duration: 13h30m non-stop; up to 19h50, with 1 stop in ICN,PEK,HKG,PVG)
Canada to Chengdu (Duration: up to 18h20m, with 1 stop in PEK, SFO, PVG, HKG, CAN)
Canada to HK ( Duration: 13h35m non-stop; up to 16h59m with 1 stop in SEA,DFW,TPE,MNL)
After a long time flight to China, you can stay one night in a hotel near the airport for a rest. And the staff from your tour agency will delivery your TTB to your hotel since the Tibet Visa will be checked when you board a plane to Tibet.
Both the non-stop and direct flights from Beijing to Tibet are available which respectively cost 4h40m and 6h50m. If you board a plane from Shanghai, only the direct flights are available to Tibet cost 7h25m and the flight ticket is around 442USD. The most efficient way from Hong Kong to Tibet is to board a plane to Chengdu and transfer a train or flight to Lhasa.
Canada – Nepal -Tibet
As the closest country right next to Tibet, Nepal is another gateway to Tibet. If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu, please prepare 3 days at least to apply for your China Group Visa. Only with that, you can board the plane to Tibet from Nepal. The duration from Vancouver to Kathmandu is up to 34h48m, with one stop in HK. The ticket price you can search from websites. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you can take Kathmandu-Lhasa flight to Tibet which is the only international flight connecting Tibet with the outside world. The duration from Kathmandu to Lhasa is 1h25m. And your tour guide will greet you in Lhasa Gonggar Airport.