Last Updated on May 24, 2022 by Visa Journal
Pakistan Re-opens Kartarpur Corridor
The ancient passageway between India’s Dera Baba Nanak shrine and Pakistan’s Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur was opened by Pakistan first time during November 2019, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, is located 4.1 kilometres from PTB, Dera Baba Nanak, on the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth. The corridor was closed during COVID, but recently it has been re-opened once again for the public to carry their religious rituals.
For a visit, the pilgrim must have an ETA. This ETA only allows you to go to Kartarpur and no where else in Pakistan. The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is a bar-coded authorization paper that contains the applicant’s name, confirmation of registration, travel date, and other information for his or her trip to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur.
Who is Eligible for ETA?
- Only Indian citizens and OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cardholders are permitted to travel to Kartarpur.
- OCI cardholders must have passports from their current home (Citizenship) countries, while Indian citizens must have an Indian passport.
A. Registration Process
For Indian Nationals
If you are a pilgrim from India, you have to first register online at the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Website. Also, It is recommended that you register at least 10 days before your chosen travel date. To be eligible and process your application smoothly, please ensure that you have the following information handy:
- Holders of an Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card must fill out the registration form’s OCI card information.
- The applicant’s responsibility is to provide accurate information in all respects, including spellings of the name, date of birth, and other information required for a passport application.
- Incorrect or incorrect information and concealing any material facts in the application form will result in the application being rejected.
While filling out the registration form, also keep a note of the following:
- A digital copy of a photograph is required (in JPG format not exceeding 300 kb in size).
- Scanned copy of passport (with portrait and personal information) and last page with family information in pdf format only, not to exceed 500 kb in size.
- For Overseas Citizens of India, a scanned copy of the first page of the OCI Card in pdf format, with a file size of no more than 500 kb.
- It is advised that you install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.
- To complete the registration form, the applicant must know his or her blood group.
How to Check Application Status for Indian Nationals?
Once the application is submitted, you can check the status of your application on the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs website. If your application is approved, you will get an electronic travel authorization (ETA) at the e-mail address provided in your application. Please remember the following;
- Keep a printout of the registration form with you for future reference.
- Visitors must present a copy of the ETA to get entry.
- Pilgrims should leave early in the morning and return the same day.
- Pilgrims will only be permitted to visit Sri Kartarpur Sahib and no other locations in Pakistan.
For Pakistani Nationals
The entry process to Kartarpur for Pakistanis is very straightforward, and all you need is your Computerized National Identification Card (CNIC) with you for verification when you arrive.
B. Entry Fee for Kartarpur Corridor
For Indian Nationals
Indian pilgrims using the Corridor would be charged a fee of US $20 at the entry gate. Transportation and other services will be provided for free. However, you should remember that pilgrims are not allowed to stay at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur for the night.
For Pakistani Nationals
Pakistani pilgrims who cross the Wahga border do not have to pay an entry charge. They are permitted to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the Pakistani side of the border, but they are not permitted to return through the Corridor. They are permitted to spend the night in the Gurdwara.
Will immigration officials in India and Pakistan stamp the passport?
No. Indian or Pakistani immigration authorities will not stamp the passport. It would be best if you had a printout of your ETA copy.
Pilgrims passing through the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor would be subjected to routine temperature checks and sanitization, as well as face masks and maintaining social distance. All pilgrims must have a negative RT-PCR report that is no more than 72 hours old and Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
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