Nepal Re-Opens Border With India With Certain Restrictions

Indian and other nationals would require prior permit from the Nepal Home Ministry if they are travelling tot the country by land.

Nepal Re-Opens Border With India With Certain Restrictions

Nepal eased restrictions, allowing cross-border movement with conditions. (Representational)

Kathmandu:

Nepal has re-opened its border with India after keeping it closed for months due to COVID-19 pandemic but Indian citizens will still need permission to cross the border via land, according to the Nepal Home Ministry.

The Ministry of Home Affairs eased the restrictions, allowing cross-border movement with conditions.

"We have ordered to open borders from Thursday following some new measures. Indian and other nationals would require to take a prior permit from the Home Ministry while a Nepali can enter by registering their health details," Chandra Bahadur Budha, spokesperson for the Home Ministry, said.

"This will be only applicable to those entering from 28 border points and travelling via land," he said while adding that new measures will not be applicable for those coming by flights.

The Nepal government had ordered the closing of its borders with India and Nepal from March 23 last year to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a report by The Kathmandu Post.

As per the latest data by Johns Hopkins University, Nepal has recorded 270,588 COVID-19 cases and 2,020 deaths.