Home ministry says Aadhaar not acceptable Record for Traveling

New Delhi: Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry has stated.

Indians can visit Bhutan and Nepal — both nations for which visas aren’t needed by them — even if they have a valid passport or election ID card issued by the Election Commission.

Aadhar. Representational image. Getty Images

Representational picture. Getty Images

Additionally, to facilitate travel, individuals below 15 years and over 65 can show records with photographs to confirm identity and their age. These include PAN card, driving licence, Central Government Health Service (CGHS) card and ration card although not Aadhaar.

“Aadhaar (UID) card is not an acceptable travel document for traveling to Nepal/Bhutan,” a communique issued by the ministry stated.

As Aadhaar is compulsory including government subsidies on other welfare schemes and LPG, the advisory assumes significance.

The Aadhaar card, that has a identification number and personal details such as address and name, functions as a proof of house and identification.

Indians entering Bhutan by road are required to acquire an ‘Entry Permit’ on the basis of a valid travel document from the immigration division of Royal Government of Bhutan in Phuentsholing, located about the border West Bengal, contrary Jaigaon.

The boundary with Nepal is the open person with individuals who enter the country needing to show any legal identity card.

Nepal shares boundariesSikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Approximately six lakh Indians are residing or domiciled in Nepal.

Bhutan, which shares borders with Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal, has about nationals, employed in the hydroelectric electricity and
Construction market. Additionally, between 8,000 and 10,000 daily employees depart and enter Bhutan everyday.

In a different development, Indians won’t be required to fill departure cards.

Those moving from the nation via seaport rail and property immigration checkposts might need to fill the embarkation card.

“It’s been decided to stop the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the home ministry said.

The move is targeted at ensuring movement of Indians going overseas.

At the moment, those moving abroad have to fill in details like name address in India, of boarding in the departure card, date and flight number.

The conclusion can help reducing also enable authorities and airports concerned to cater to a bigger amount of people and the time needed to finish immigration obligations that are related by passengers.

The need for Indians to fill such cards in their arrival in India has already been done away with.

Released Date: Jun 25, 2017 11:53 am | Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 11:53 am