No need for passport for Sikh pilgrims visiting Kartarpur
FO says $20 service fee will also be waived on inauguration day on Nov 9 and birthday of Guru Nanak on Nov 12
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday formally clarified that it has waived the passport requirement for Indian Sikh pilgrims scheduled to cross over into Pakistan on the eve of 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.
“The government has waived [the requirement] for pilgrims to carry their passports for the 550th birth celebrations,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr
Muhammad Faisal said during his weekly press briefing, adding that the $20 service fee will also be waived on the day of inauguration (Nov 9) and the birthday of Guru Nanak (Nov 12).
“The requirement to convey pilgrim information to the Pakistan government 10 days prior to entry through the Corridor has also been waived off.”
Dr Faisal said that the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and the government have been informed of this.