Kathmandu, February 14
Two days after the Tatopani border point between Nepal and Tibet of China reopened for trade after a closure of 20 days, it and another major point connecting the two countries have been shut for the next few days.*
The Rasuwagadhi border point has been virtually shut since Thursday (February 11) with all workers at the customs yard on the Chinese side going on leave on the occasion of the Lhosar festival, informs Nepal’s Rasuwagadhi Customs Office Chief Ram Prasad Regmi.
Likewise, Tatopani Customs Office Chief Lal Bahadur Khatri says the border point there was also closed since Friday due to the same reason.
According to Regmi, his counterpart has told him that the staff will take around 10 days to return to the workstation. But, Khatri says the Tatopani border may come into operation on Tuesday.
After the closure of several months due to the Covid-19 crisis, the border point had reopened for regular one-way trade in late October 2020, but it was with several conditions such as five containers per day, and the mobilisation of Chinese workers to transport the supplies to the Nepal side to control the possible spread of the virus.
* Updated to inform the Tatopani border point is also closed. Earlier it was reported that the Rasuwagadhi border was closed.