2.3.2 Bhutan Border Crossing of Samdrup Jongkhar


This is a busy border town between Bhutan and India. The town is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam. it is one of the most importanttrading towns for the eastern districts of Bhutan. There is a very good asphalt road between the border and Rangia on Indian National Highway 31.


Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Not applicable

Province or District

Samdrup Jongkhar

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing


180km by road





Managing Authority / Agency

Customs and Immigration

Contact Person

Not applicable


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Guwahati in Asam, India - 98 km by road

Truck Travel Time: 3-4 hours

Car Travel time: 2.5 hours

Paro International Airport

513 km by road

Truck Travel Time: 12 hours

Car Travel time: 10 to 11 hours

Nearest Port

Kolkata (India)

Distance 967 km via NH 31

Truck Travel Time: 21 Hours

Car Travel time: 19 hours

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Samdrup Jongkhar is a significant market town and the principal commercial location in south eastern Bhutan. There is a large farmers’ auction for selling vegetables into the Indian market.

The nearest large wholesale market is Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam, some 160 km from the border or 3-4 hours driving time.

Other Information


No weighbridges or major fuel depots. Many individual petrol stations

Hours of Operation


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter


0900 – 1700 Summer

0900 – 1600 Winter

National Holidays


All government departments are closed during national holidays

Seasonal Constraints

During Monsoon season, subject to frequent flooding as situated in a low lying area

Daily Capacity

This is a busy border crossing with small commercial shops on either side of the border. Asphalt surface on Bhutan side and a very good asphalt road to the Indian town of Rangia (Assam state) situated on NH 31 – the distance is about 55 km.

NH 31 is mainly a 4 lane highway and it is the road of preference to travel between the major southern towns of Bhutan namely, Samdrup Jongkhar in the east, Gelephu in the centre and Phuentsholing in the east.

In rating the capacity to handle trucks and a good road surface, Samdrup Jongkhar rates second to Phuentsholing and ahead of Gelephu.

Customs Clearance

No details for private commerce however food aid items can cross the border with customs clearance on production of the usual documentation.

 For more information on government contact details, please see the following links:

4.1 Bhutan Government Contact List 

1.3 Bhutan Customs Information

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