Permits are required to visit Tibet

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Permits are required to visit Tibet

Postby long_way » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:27 pm

Tourists were first permitted to visit the TAR in the 1980s. While the main attraction is the Potala Palace in Lhasa, there are many other popular tourist destinations including Jokhang Temple, Namtso Lake, and Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Permits are required to visit Tibet as well as many remote areas not normally open to foreigners. Every foreign tourist going to Tibet needs to get a travel permit which can be done through local travel agents. Permits cost approximately RMB 100, are single-entry and valid for at most three months.

Most areas in Tibet are not open for foreigners except Lhasa City and part of Shan Nan. Foreigners can be fined up to RMB 500, taken into custody, and removed for visiting restricted areas.

For travel to Tibet, please contact the Tourist Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region to obtain approval before applying for a visa. (Tel: 86-891-6834313 Fax: 86-891-8634632).

Complaints:

Tibet Autonomous Region
Supervisory Office of Tourism Quality of Tibet Autonomous Region
Tel: (0891) 633 3476, 633 4330
Fax: (0891) 633 4632
Hours: Morning of Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Address: No.208 Yuanlin Lu, Lhasa, Tibet
Zip: 850001

Useful Links:

Wikipedia Article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibet_Autonomous_Region

For a list of services and frequently asked visa questions and answers, travelers can view the Chinese Embassy's web sites at: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/

China Tibet Tourism Bureau (Tourism Administration Rules):
http://www.xzta.gov.cn/yww/Essential/Re ... 4827.shtml

Map of Tibet:
http://www.muztagh.com/images/map/map-o ... -large.jpg
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