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    Hi,

    Can anyone who had been to Tibet kindly advise whether any visa or travel permit required for Singaporean.

    Also how about when travelling by rail from a city in China to Tibet?
    Do you also need the document and where to apply in Shanghai?

    Thank you.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by enginecadet View Post
    Hi,

    Can anyone who had been to Tibet kindly advise whether any visa or travel permit required for Singaporean.

    Also how about when travelling by rail from a city in China to Tibet?
    Do you also need the document and where to apply in Shanghai?

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    In my previous trip, yes you need a travel permit. And when you travel from one town to another, you need separate permit for different destination too.

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    Frozentomtom,

    Thank for the reply.
    Can travel permit be applied here or in China.
    Any other restrictions?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by enginecadet View Post
    Frozentomtom,

    Thank for the reply.
    Can travel permit be applied here or in China.
    Any other restrictions?

    Cheers
    Ours were done by the travel agent, so not sure about the details, but what I recall was, we had one stack of papers, which we showed to the officers/police while in Lhasa airport and also on the highway checkpoint.

    May be it is for controlling the tourists movements.

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    Emm, Mastercard cannot...

    Sorry, Jokes aside.

    Your Travel Agent should be able to get you that permit. Basically, you need to be "escorted" to enter and roam. Meaning, your tour agent.
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    Default Re: Visa needed to go to Tibet?

    just engage a tibet tour agency to arrange for u, you only need to pay them when reach tibet.
    you cant Free & easy in tibet, need to be escort by a local guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ang View Post
    Emm, Mastercard cannot...

    Sorry, Jokes aside.

    Your Travel Agent should be able to get you that permit. Basically, you need to be "escorted" to enter and roam. Meaning, your tour agent.
    Yes, "escort" is the word. Also do enjoy those "public" toilets behind bushes and rocks, or by the roadside, fully exposed to other drivers, quite fun, because can't do it in over here.

    Treat it like a learning experience, everything down to the basic.
    Last edited by frozentomtom; 15th January 2010 at 10:50 AM.

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    Hi bro,

    Thanks for all the info.

    Yes a friend in China had checked for me and confrmed that foriegner not allow to roam free and easy in Tibet.
    Need to be escorted by a tour agent who will be with you until you are in the airport on the day of the return.
    Travel permit will only be issued after a tour agent at Tibet has been arranged.
    He suppose to pick the visiting parties at the airport and all transport will be arranged by him.

    Sites of interest will have to be make known to him and he will plan the route. His fee charged per days.
    His lodging likely be paid by the touring party.

    Regards,

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    http://gogosc.com/enly_tibet_explanation.asp

    this website did a pretty clear explanation on visa for tibet.

    they are a guesthouse in chengdu, apparently open by a singaporean.

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    I heard that people above 60 yrs old not allowed to go to Tibet. So better go before reaching 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    I heard that people above 60 yrs old not allowed to go to Tibet. So better go before reaching 60.
    not that u are not allowed, its a matter of ur body can take it or not

    I met a old man almost 60, told us he cycle from Kunming. and we also saw him cycle his way to Mount E base camp. while we sit in a Toyota 4-wheel drive. 4of us in our 30s even have difficulties when walking at such high altitude.

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    He probably lives there and is acclimatised to the low altitude conditions long ago.
    What I mean is that the Chinese Government would not issue visas to tourists who are over 60 years old to go to Tibet.

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    Default Re: Visa needed to go to Tibet?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    He probably lives there and is acclimatised to the low altitude conditions long ago.
    What I mean is that the Chinese Government would not issue visas to tourists who are over 60 years old to go to Tibet.
    Hello, tomcat.
    My recent trip to Tibet was end-November 2009.
    Our whole family went up, including both my parents who are 65 yr old and 66 yr old respectively.

    I guess that means that the China government has probably no restriction on tourists' age.
    Last edited by limwhow; 17th January 2010 at 02:50 AM.

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    we got our TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) pass at a travel agent in Xi Ning - one of the last stops along the train line before continuing on to Lhasa. it was pretty easy to find places to obtain them - this one was the easiest for us to get to. there was no official arrival proceedure for providing the paperwork - they just collected it on the train. one of my friends didn't even get asked for his. once there if you want to go anywhere outside of Lhasa, you will need to arrange it with an escort, if you haven't already done it prior to entry.

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