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Pakistan allows fully vaccinated Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020

IslamabadMedia reported on Sunday that Pakistan has decided to allow fully vaccinated Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur before the 482th anniversary of the birth of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev starting next month in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols.

On this occasion, from September 20th, the shrine will hold a three-day ceremony. Guru Nanak died in Qatarpur on September 22, 1539.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020.

As the Sikh founder Baba Guru Nanak Dev approaches his death anniversary on September 22, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) decided to open the Kartarpur Shrine on Saturday.

The Liming News reported that the NCOC meeting unanimously decided to allow Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartapur under the strict COVID-19 agreement next month.

Due to the Delta variant, India falls into the C category in Pakistan from May 22 to August 12, and people from that country need special approval, including Sikh pilgrims.

However, fully vaccinated persons with certificates will be allowed to enter Pakistan, provided that they produce a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test report that should not exceed 72 hours.

In addition, a rapid antigen test (RAT) will be carried out at the airport, and if the result is positive, the individual will not be allowed to enter Pakistan.

In addition, according to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI), a maximum of 300 people are allowed to gather in darbar at a time.

According to an official from the National Health Service (NHS), Pakistan has introduced three categories to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.

?? Class A countries are exempt from mandatory COVID-19 testing. Passengers from Class B areas must undergo a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the travel date, while passengers from Class C countries are restricted and can only be tested in specific NCOC guidelines. Next trip, the official said.

Since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movement of pilgrims to Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor has been suspended, and neighbouring countries have banned all travel from India, citing a surge in cases here in April this year. Federal Minister of the Interior Nityanand Rai told Parliament in New Delhi on August 3.

India signed the Kartarpur Corridor Agreement with Pakistan on October 24, 2019. According to the agreement, Indian pilgrims of all faiths can travel visa-free throughout the year through the Kartarpur corridor to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, a holy site for Sikhs, one of the most respected religions in Pakistan.

According to the Ministry of Health, although the country has reported 3,842 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 1,123,812, restrictions on visits to Qatar have been relaxed.

The death toll reached 24,923 and the death toll increased by 75. The positive rate was 7.18%, the highest in the past three days.

The vaccination campaign is underway. On Saturday, a batch of 2 million doses of Coxing vaccine arrived in Pakistan to replenish stocks. So far, the country has injected 46.45 million doses.

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