This is a visa-free travel corridor, but it is a document from the Electronic Travel Authority, known as ETA, which can be purchased by registering an application on the Indian government website.  Even with an exemption of $20 for all for two days, on November 9 and 12, the initial turnout was low due to the complexity of the booking process and the fact that many Indian citizens do not lack passports.   Aam Aadmi Party, BJP Indore MP Shankar Lalwani, The former president of DSGMC and the SGPC have called on the Indian government to simplify the process.  With regard to the issue of Pakistan`s $20 per pilgrim tax, the ministry said: “The main topic, which was a point of discussion, is Pakistan`s insistence on levying $20 per pilgrim per visit. India has repeatedly asked Pakistan not to pay fees for pilgrims. It has been stressed many times, including in the previous three meetings at the level of joint secretaries and at the diplomatic level, that this is not contrary to the religious and spiritual feelings of Indian pilgrims. India shared its deep disappointment with Pakistan for its refusal to waive the tax. However, in the interest of pilgrims and the timely operationalization of the corridor, India agreed to sign the agreement today. According to the “Do`s and don`ts” published by the Ministry of the Interior (MHA), children under the age of 13 and those aged 75 and over must travel in groups. “Environmentally friendly materials, preferably cloth bags, should be used during the pilgrimage and the environment should be kept clean,” the agreement states. India and Pakistan have signed an agreement that allows Indian pilgrims to visit without a visa one of the holiest shrines of Sikhism in Pakistan.
People of Indian descent who have an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card can visit kartarpur gurdwara via the corridor. Pakistan has also asked India to limit the number of pilgrims to 5,000 per day. Indian officials will be required to send a list of names and details of people entering Pakistan 10 days in advance. The agreement was due to be signed last week – and online registration of pilgrims was due to begin on 20 October. But the completion of details on the corridor has not been easy, which has resulted in a long process that has been going on since it was first announced almost a year ago. In early July, following the second round of discussions on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor project, India issued a detailed press release out of a long list of differences in the operation of the corridor. Pakistan will open the corridor early next month, just in time for Guru Nanak`s 550th birthday on November 12. Supporters from around the world, including the United Kingdom and Canada, are expected to attend the celebrations.