Entry points on the Indo-Nepal border in Rautahat have resumed after one-and-a-half years.

But they are not fully operational.

The government on Sunday had decided to reopen the border points on the Nepal-India border from its Cabinet's meeting by meeting government-set criteria.

According Chief District Officer Indradev Yadav, entry points have been officially resumed as per the government guidelines to allow people to come in.

The administration here has notified about the resumption of the entry points by publishing a notice yesterday.

Earlier despite the ban, people were secretly crossing over the border from India to Nepal and vice-versa.

"Once we set up health desks at the entry points, we will start allowing people to cross over through the entry points," said CDO Yadav, adding preparations were on to set up health desks at Gaur Customs, Rajdevi Municipality's Bramhapuri and Laxmipur, Ishanath Municipality's Manamohan Gate and other entry points.

According to Chief District Officer Yadav, Indian nationals wishing to enter Nepal have to produce their PCR negative report of 72 hours. Regarding other foreign nationals, they can produce a copy of online form. In case of people showing symptoms similar to COVID, they must produce COVID negative report.

Meanwhile, though people are allowed to cross over on foot, people can't cross over by using vehicles. Rajdevi Municipality's social activist Shambhu Saprim accused the government of ignoring the special relation between the people of India and Nepal by refusing to open the border for such a long time.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 29 2021, of The Himalayan Times.