The Indo-Bhutan border gates in Assam reopened after 2 years.

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The Indo-Bhutan border gates in Assam reopened after 2 years.

Guwahati: The Indo-Bhutan border gates in Assam have been reopened for tourists after a gap of two-and-a-half years, an official said on Saturday.

The doors, which had been closed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened on Friday with some new rules, officials said.
Bhutan’s Consul General Jigme Thinley Namgyal said in Guwahati that the international border gates at Samdrup-Jongkhar in Tamulpur district, Dadgiri and Gelephu in Chirang, Namlang and Panbang in Baksa and Samrang in Udalguri district.

The gates will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. During the reopening ceremonies, many pilgrims and businessmen gathered at the gate and people from both countries exchanged greetings.
He said the Bhutanese government had earlier announced to reopen its borders for trade, commerce and official traffic from September 23, provided the COVID-19 situation does not worsen.

Tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives will be charged a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of Rs 12,000 per day.

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