Nepal - 2.3.2 Major Border Crossing of Rani/Jogbani



Aerial view of Border crossing with (1) Biratnagar ICP, (2) Biratnagar Customs Office, (3) Jogbani Railway Station 


The city of Biratnagar is 7 kilometres (4 mi) north of Nepal's southern border with Biharstate, India. Indian and Nepalese nationals cross freely as the border is open for local movement. The checkpoint is under the joint oversight of Armed Police Force along with Local Police unit for overall security and Biratnagar Customs Office for administrative and record keeping responsibilities.  


Jogbani town in ArariaDistrict is on the Indian side, where a rail line ends at Jogbani Station (JBN) under Katihar Division of Northeast Frontier railways. Nepal’s eastern border of Kakarbhitta lies at a distance of 108 kilometres (67.5 mi) from the city and can be reached via frequent buses running half-hourly from the city's bus park


Biratnagar is the 4th largest border crossing point, with 11.57% share of total import value (ref: 


Biratnagar Custom Office is opened for passengers and local customers for purchasing of goods of maximun NPR 5000 per person only. No cargo transports are allowed to enter from this point except mini private cars, vehicles. This border crossing had a significant importance for trade, commerce, and the movement of people between Nepal and India. But after the operation of ICP all the cargo crosses the border via ICP, Buddhanagar to Nepal. 


It has 9 sub-customs offices which are as follows: Mayaganj, Rangeli, Diniya, Madhumalla, , Tariga, Kadamaha, Chuniwari, Doria and Chowkighat Sub Customs Office. 


Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 


Nepal: Biratnagar 

India: Jogbani 

Province or District 

Koshi Province, Morang 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 






Managing Authority / Agency 

Biratnagar Customs Office, Armed Police Force  

Contact Person 

Shree Gyanendra Dhakal 

Tel: 021-444005 

Fax: 021-436323 

Official Mob: 9852037345 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Baghdogra, India 
Distance: 136 km 
Truck: 5 hours 
Car: 3:30  hours  

Nearest Port 

Kolkota, India 
Distance: 550 km 
Truck: 2 days (night travel only) 
Car: 8 hours 
Train: 12 hours  

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

Siliguri, India 
Distance: 142 km 
Truck: 4 hours 
Car: 3.40  hours 

Other Information 


4 Lane highway to the market at Siliguri 
Fuelling stations en-route 


Hours of Operation (for passengers) 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 


06:00 – 21:00 
Note: India border is closed. 

National Holidays 


Generally, 3 days during Dashain (Nepal national festival, 3 days for Tihar, 1 day for Chhat pooja and 1 day Holi) and up to another 7 days / year at Government’s discretion. Passenger checking and immigration procedure continues  
Note: Will open 24 / 7 for emergencies.   

Seasonal Constraints  



Daily Capacity 

N/A. Closed to Cargo and container trucks. 

Customs Clearance 

No import/export customs clearance procedure is conducted at this point. Only passengers are allowed to cross from this border area. All the cargos are diverted to ICP Buddhanagr and crosses the border point after clearing all customs procedures through ICP Biratnagar Customs office. 

As this border point used as for only immigration purposes. Vehicles and means of transport that are temporarily crosses from India will be subjected to customs duties as per the scheduled below:  

  • Motorcycles and scooters NPR 200.00 

  • Three-Wheeled vehicle      NPR 400.00 

  • Including tractor tailor       NPR 500.00 

  • Cars, Jeep Vans, Minibuses and other tourist vehicles NPR 600 

  • Trailor, trucks and other vehicles NPR 1700 

  • Excavator, Dozer, Loader, Roller, JCB  and Crane used in construction work NPR 1700. 

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

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



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