The Evacuee Trust Property Board that looks after the Kartarpur Gurdwara, said Covid-19 protocols including RT-PCR Test Report, Face Mask, and Vaccine Proof applicable to the rest of the country will be in effect for the Kartarpur Corridor pilgrimage as well.
The announcement comes after India allowed the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from 17th Nov 2021, Wednesday.
“In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM @Narendramodi govt has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, Nov 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community,” Amit Shah had tweeted.
The nation is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on 19th of November and I am sure that PM @NarendraModi govt’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 16, 2021Advertisement
SOPs To Visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur
Aamer Ahmed, Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, said that pilgrims will have to undergo temperature checks and anyone with Covid-19 symptoms will be moved to isolation.
He further added that the RT-PCR certificate should not be older than 72 hours. As per the guidelines, the face mask and social distancing will be followed throughout the pilgrimage, and sanitization stations will be in place.
Giving further details, Ahmed said no Covid-19 test would be conducted on arrival at the Gurdwara.
It’s worth mentioning that the Kartarpur Sahib corridor was suspended since March 2020 following the Covid outbreak came three days before the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.
In November 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the dedicated corridor. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, the then Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union minister Hardeep Puri were part of the first group that visited the gurudwara in Pakistan in November 2019 through the corridor.