Concerning the Re-iteration of Strict Identification of Foreign Visitors

With special permission only

With special permission only

[Undated.] Distinguished Guests: According to China Civil Aviation Authority’s provisions, foreign visitors (including visitors from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) who enter Tibet by plane must be in possession of a valid passport and the original of an approval letter issued by the relevant departments. Travellers not in possession of an approval letter are not permitted to enter Tibet by plane. Foreign visitors (including visitors from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) are asked to ensure that they have their letter of approval for entering Tibet when buying their tickets. To ensure a smooth entrance, we announce again the departments who are at present entitled to issue “letters of approval  for entering Tibet” (进藏批准函): The United Front Work Department of the Tibet Autonomous Region Party Committee (西藏自治区党委统战部), Taiwan Affairs Office of the Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区台湾事务办公室), Business Office of the Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区商务厅), Tibet Tourism Bureau (西藏自治区旅游局), Foreign Affairs Office of the Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区外事办公室), and the Mountaineering Association of the Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区登山协会).

[Announcement of March 11, according to 民间藏事.]

Possession of a Tibet letter has always been required. Citizens from within China travelling by train also have to get one. Many travel agencies in Chengdu and Lhasa are providing agency services.

[A comment of two days ago, on K. Wu’s blog.]

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Old news, related: Taiwanese Tourists, China Daily, 2003

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