New Delhi: The India-Bhutan border gates at Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu along the Assam border are set to reopen for tourists from September 23 after a gap of two-and-a-half years prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 cases have now come down, the respective governments have decided to reopen the India-Bhutan border from 23rd September.
Tashi Penjor, Director, Himalayan Kingdom, said, “The Government of Bhutan has officially announced that the international border with India will be opened on 23rd September as the cases of COVID have reduced. We are looking forward to open the border and give a good experience to the visitors. Let’s prepare.” Law and Order) of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Affairs.
“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 necessary for the people living in the border areas of the two countries. Looking forward to more visits.”
The decision came after a general meeting between Tashi Panjor, Commandant of Sashastra Seema Bal’s 15th Battalion and in-charge of Regional Headquarters Neeraj Chand with Tashi Panjor at Sashastra Seema Bal’s regional headquarters at Chhaprakata in Assam’s Bongaigaon district. And all SSB officers.
During that meeting, neighboring Bhutan closed the India-Bhutan International Gate for COVID-19 in 2019. Now, almost 4 years later, the borders will be reopened on September 23, 2022.
Tashi Penjor, Director of Law and Order Department of Ministry of Home Affairs, Bhutan, Deputy Commissioner of Bhutan, Superintendent of Police and several officers were present in SSB Headquarters regarding this subject.
(with agency input)