Nepal - 2.3.1 Major Border Crossing of Kakarbhitta - Mechi


Kakarbhitta is the eastern terminus of Nepal's east-west Mahendra Highway at the country's eastern border with DarjeelingDistrict, West Bengalstate, India. The Panitanki neighbourhood of Naxalbari is on the other side. It is an open border for Nepali / Indian foot traffic, up to 10,000 people per day. The construction work of 690 meters long open foundation bridge has been completed. The bridge (Mechi/Miteri bridge) over Mechi River in Kakarvitta came into operation on 1st January 2023 it is connected with the Asian Highway with 6-lane road connectivity and 2 & 3-wheeler vehicles are not allowed to travel via this bridge. The width of the new bridge is 22 meters. Roads are good on both sides of the border. The road to Kolkatta is good with a distance of 658 km. Imports from India account for 90% of the traffic at this border crossing. Customs can process up to 150-200 trucks a day.    


Kakarbhitta is the 7th largest border crossing point, with 2.87%  share of total import value (ref: Dept of Customs, 2019/20). 

Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 


Nepal: Kakarbhitta 

India: Naxalbari / Pantanki 

Province or District 

Koshi Province, Mechi Municipality-6, Jhapa District 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

Mechi (adjacent) 

Bhadrapur (18 km) 





Managing Authority / Agency 

Immigration Office, Mechi Customs Office 

Contact Person 

Shree Ram Prasad Regmi 

Tel: 023-562234 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Baghdogra Airport, India 

Distance: 18 km 

Truck: 45 minutes 

Car: 30 minutes 

Nearest Port 

Calcutta Port, India 

Distance: 586 km 

Truck Travel Time: 15 hours 

Car Travel time: 10 hours 

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

Silguri, India 

Distance: 27 km 

Truck Travel Time: 1 hour 

Car Travel time: 45 minutes 

Panitanki, India 

Distance: 2 km 

Truck: 15 minutes 

Car: 5 minutes 

Other Information 


The market is 18 kms from Baghdogra Airport. It is very large–it takes 1 hour to travel from the fringes to the centre of the market. Roads to the markets are good with fuel stations on the route. 

Passengers, 2 & 3 wheeler vehicle  crosses using Old Mechi Bridge for shopping at Panitanki or other markets in India. 

The Asian Highway between Nepal & India is connected by Mechi/Miteri Bridge and heavy-loaded transports and light four-wheeler vehicle crosses the border point of Nepal via Mechi/Miteri Bridge. 


Hours of Operation 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 
Note: Closed 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month 


Trucks/Goods: 10:00 – 18:00 
Passengers: 06:00 – 22:00 
Note: India Border closed Sunday 
Bangladesh border closed Friday  

(List dates of closure and hours of operation if different from regular schedule.) 

Generally, 3 days during Dashain (Nepal national festival) and up to another 7 days / year at Government’s discretion. The Customs procedure is closed on Jesth 15 (28 or 29 April every year) on account of New Fiscal Budget Announcement but for services to immigration & passenger remains continue. 
Note: Will open 24 / 7 for emergencies  

(i.e., winter months, rainy season, etc.) 


Daily Capacity 

  • Operating hours can be extended to 06:00-22:00 for exceptionally high truck traffic if required. 

  • Average clearing time: 2½ hours / truck 

  • There is rarely a backlog. All trucks are cleared daily.  

Customs Clearance 

Compulsory Document for custom clearance.   

  • D & T Exemption Certificate   

  • Performa invoice 

  • Invoice  

  • AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents- Freights 

  • Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates  

  • Packing list  

  • Letter of credit  

  • Mode of payments (LC/TT/Draft) 

  • Certificate of origin  

  • Certificate of insurance  

  • Bill of Lading/Airway Bill for 3rd country imports 

  • Industry Registration Certificates  

  • EXIM Code. (EXIM Code is mandatory for Commercial trading and not mandatory for humanitarian support goods. 

  • Bill of Entry from Indian Customs Office 

  • Exit Note (TransNepal Freight Service (P) Ltd charges as per their Discharge Rate and Terminal Handling Charges for using Terminal and Warehouse facilities which is linked to ASYCUDA and allowed to exit the vehicles following proper verification. 

  • VCTS 

  • Recommendation letter 

  • Tariff will be imposed on imported goods as per the Integrated Customs Tariff 2080/081 for FY 2080/81 (FY- 2023/024) 

  • GST Bill 


For more information on customs in Nepal, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.   

Other Relevant Information 

  • Foot traffic is mixed with vehicles on the bridge and may present logistics safety issues. 

  • The bridge (approx. 400 m) old one and a new bridge (Mechi or Miteri bridge) constructed over the Mechi River in Kakarvitta which came into operation on 1st January 2023 and has connected Kakadvitta, Nepal and Panitanki of India. This bridge connects the Asian Highway.  

  • A logistical problem would present if both bridges were damaged. 


For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List




Aerial view of Border crossing with 1. Immigration Office of kakarbhitta, (2) Mechi Customs Office, (3) Mechi Bridge 




Updated Aerial view of Border crossing with Immigration Office of kakarbhitta, Mechi Customs Office, and both Mechi Bridge 





Mechi/Miteri bridge over Mechi River at Kakarvitta ICD & Customs Office 





Over to India via Miteri Bridge at Kakarvitta 





Mechi Customs Office, Kakarvitta, Jhapa, Koshi Province 





Asian Highway that connects Nepal and India at Kakarvitta Border point 




Truck parking and shade storage 



Truck parking and shade storage 



Warehouse storage 



Way to Old Mechi bridge and river. 





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