Tibet again closed to foreigners

Foreign tourists will be barred from going to Tibet until the end of July, travel agents said, the second time this year the troubled region has been closed to overseas visitors.

'At the moment we're not admitting foreign tourists,' an employee at China Travel Service in the regional capital Lhasa said, adding the agency had received a notice saying this would be enforced until July 26.

A worker at the Tibet Youth Travel Service agency confirmed the ban, saying it begins on Tuesday and was linked to celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of China's rule over Tibet, reportedly scheduled for July.