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Updated 18 November 2021

Revered as the largest Gurudwara in the world of Sikhism, the Kartarpur Gurudwara has finally opened up for both Indian and Pakistani pilgrims after shutting down for over a year due to the pandemic. Kartarpur corridor, the visa-free border crossing that joins the Indian border to the Gurdwara in Pakistan, reopened its doors on 17 November. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Kartarpur corridor, how to get there, and the latest guidelines in place that you should be aware of. 

Reopening of Kartarpur Corridor

The Kartarpur Corridor allows Sikh pilgrims to travel visa-free via the Attari-Wagah border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, located at Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Shakargarh in Narowal district. 

Pilgrims from India can now visit the iconic Gurudwara, donned by white marble and special lights, as the Kartarpur Corridor has opened from 17 November. The Kartarpur Corridor is immensely important for Sikhs living in India and Pakistan. It is one of the holiest places for the Sikhs who are strong followers of Baba Guru Nanak. 

Kartarpur, also called a ‘peace corridor’ between India and Pakistan, had seen around 45,000 pilgrims travel through it between November 2019 and February 2020 before it was shut. The Corridor was closed in March 2020, barely four months after it was inaugurated because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Current entry guidelines 

Amidst the current COVID-19 scenario, Pakistan has strict entry measures in place, and Indian and Pakistani authorities will scrutinize every single person while crossing the Corridor following tight security. Here is the comprehensive guide on how to get to the Kartarpur Corridor right now. 

Eligibility for entry

All Indian passport holders can visit Kartarpur. However, foreigners are not allowed. Indians belonging to any religion can use the Corridor and enter the Gurdwara. It’s not limited to only Sikhs.

Pakistanis can also visit Kartarpur Sahib, and they do not need to use the Corridor, but they must carry their CNIC card.

COVID-19 restrictions

According to the COVID protocol requirements by the Pakistan Government, all pilgrims should 

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Present a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to arrival
  • Undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival. Positive cases will be advised to return.

Kartarpur Corridor registration 

For Indians

For the pilgrims coming from India, you can get yourself registered online through the link https://prakashpurb550.mha.gov.inIt will be convenient for you if you register at least 10 days before your intended travel date. Before filling the online registration:

  • It is recommended to have Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer system. If you do not have the software, you can download it here.
  • Applicant must be aware of his/her blood group for filling the registration form.

Conditions for applicant:

  • Applicants should possess a valid passport.
  • Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cardholders need to fill in OCI cards details in the registration form.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to feed accurate information complete in every respect, including spellings of the name, date of birth etc., as in passport.
  • Incorrect or false information, concealing any material facts in the application form will be ground for rejection of the application. 

Keep the following items ready while filling the registration form:

  • Scanned copy of passport size photograph (in JPG format not exceeding 300 kb in size).
  • Scanned copy of passport (containing photo & personal particulars) and last page containing family details in pdf format only not exceeding 500 kb in size. 
  • Scanned copy of the first page of OCI Card in pdf format only not exceeding 500 kb in size.

Follow this link https://prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in/kpr/applicationStatus to check your application status online. After successful online registration:

  • Take a printout of the registration form and keep it with you for reference.
  • Applicants who are granted permission will be sent electronic travel authorization (ETA) via the e-mail address provided in their application. Pilgrims are required to bring a copy of the ETA for entry. 

Please note that pilgrims will have to go in the morning and return the same day. Pilgrims shall be allowed to visit only Sri Kartarpur Sahib and not anywhere outside.

For Pakistanis 

For Pakistanis, the entry process is simple and all you need is to have your CNIC with you for verification upon entry. 

Kartarpur Corridor entry fee

For Indians

Indian pilgrims entering through the Corridor will have to pay US 20$ at the entry point. Transportation and other facilities will be free of cost. These pilgrims cannot stay overnight at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.

For Pakistanis 

Pakistani pilgrims entering via the Wahga border need not pay any entry fee. They can visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the Pakistani entry side, and they are not allowed to return via the Corridor. They are allowed to stay overnight inside Gurdwara.