A mid border row tensions Nepal is now seeking identity cards from Indian visitors. Kathmandu will implement the identity cards and registration system and will try to formalize record-keeping process to better manage movement of people and the pandemic. Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has recently blamed India for the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.
Nepal shares a border of over 1,850 km with five Indian states — Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In sync with the unique ties of friendship, the two countries have a long tradition of free movement of people across the border. The viewing of ID cards of Indians can be seen as step by Nepal tightening the cross-border movement from the Indian side which usually benefits local trading communities of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.