India-Bhutan Border Gate Reopening After Two and Half Years


The gate between India and Bhutan will soon be opened for tourists. The international border at Samdrup Jhongkhar and Gelephu, bordering the country’s northeastern state of Assam, will be opened on September 23. The gates will open again for tourists for the first time since the outbreak of the corona virus (COVID-19) worldwide. The announcement in this regard was made after a meeting between the delegation of Bhutan and the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

Doors will open after two and a half years
A Bhutanese delegation led by the Himalayan Kingdom’s Director (Law and Order) Tashi Penjor, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, held a meeting with BTC officials here on Wednesday and announced the reopening of the gates after two and a half years. Of. Penjor said that as COVID-19 cases have improved. The Bhutan government has announced the reopening of its borders for trade, commerce and official movement from 23 September, provided the pandemic situation does not worsen.

Appeal to visit Bhutan
“Over the past two and a half years, many officials on both sides have changed and we have not been able to meet and establish the friendship and person-to-person contact needed for people living in the border areas of the two countries,” Penjor said. . We look forward to more such visits. He urged Indian tourists to visit various places in Bhutan after entering the country through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar gates.

SOP ready for passengers
“Earlier, we used to issue entry permits only through Phuntsholing and Paro, but now we have opened three additional entrances for tourists,” Penjor said. The Bhutan government has planned eco-tourism, bird-watching and other packages for the tourists. Also, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been prepared to facilitate seamless movement of passengers. The official appealed to the tourists to bring their voter ID cards and other relevant documents while visiting Bhutan.