Chinese authorities have alerted travel agencies that foreigners will not be issued to permits to visit the Tibet region.Reports said travel agencies were alerted earlier this week about the latest restriction; it wasn’t immediately known how long the restriction will be in place but it is likely to impact tourism as it goes into peak season till October.In what could be a related case, hundreds of Indian pilgrims on their arduous journey to Kailash-Manasarover were stranded in Nepal after Chinese authorities said the group didn’t have the required travel permits.
An immigration official at Kathmandu said that “We have got the information that hundreds of Indian tourists coming to Nepal on their way to Mansarovar have been stopped at the Tibetan border by the Chinese authorities.”
Travel and hoteliers dealing with the Indian tourists here said that the Chinese have “actually restricted the entry of tourists recently as a precautionary measure against the possible infiltration by pro-Dalai Lama Tibetan activists.”Entry to Tibet is frequently restricted for foreigners; the excuse often given is inclement weather. Journalists though require a mandatory permit from the Chinese government to enter Tibetan Autonomous Region
According to a report from China’s official news agency, Xinhua, Tibet received 1.45 million tourists in the first five months of the year, showing an increase of 25.7% year on year, local tourism authorities said.