Aadhar cards can now be used as valid travel documents for the Indians under 15 or over 65 to visit Nepal & Bhutan. The Indians other than these two age bars would not be allowed the use of Aadhar card as their travel document to Nepal & Bhutan where no visas are required, according to an announcement made by the home ministry.
Earlier people under 15 and over 65 used to show their driving license, ration card or PAN card for their travel.
Now, persons in the age group of over 65 years and below 15 years have been allowed to use Aadhaar as a valid travel document,” the official told a news agency. He also added a certificate of registration issued by the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, to Indian nationals is not an acceptable travel document for travelling between India and Nepal.
“However, the emergency certificate and identity certificate issued by the Indian Embassy in Nepal will be valid for a single journey for travelling back to India,” he said, citing the announcement. Teens between 15 to 18 years will be allowed to travel between India and Nepal on the basis of an identity certificate issued by the principal of their school in a prescribed form, the officer said.
Indian nationals travelling to Bhutan should have either an Indian passport with minimum validity of six months or a voter identity card issued by the Election Commission of India.
Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km with five Indian states – Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand whereas Bhutan, shares borders with the Indian states of Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal.