Char Dham Yatra Resumes: Who is Allowed? What's the Cap on Number of Pilgrims?

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The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday, 16 September, removed the ban on the Char Dham Yatra, but stressed that it will resume by following COVID-19 protocols.

On 28 June, the HC had stayed the yatra until further orders over a lack of health services in the Char Dham districts. It said that there was a lack of adequate preparations to control the coronavirus infection, and shortage of doctors.

What are the latest SOPs to visit Char Dham? Here's all you need to know.

Do I need a COVID-19 negative certificate to visit Char Dham?

Yes, it is mandatory for all visitors to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate. However, pilgrims also need to carry a COVID vaccination certificate to travel to the sites.

Do I not need a COVID-19 negative certificate if I get both doses of vaccine?

No. You need a COVID-19 negative certificate, along with proof of two doses of vaccine, to visit the sites.

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Is there a limit on the number of people who can visit?

The HC said that a daily limit of 800 for Kedarnath, 1,000 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri, and 400 for Yamunotri has been fixed.

What are the protocols on taking a dip in the holy rivers?

This is banned. No one will be allowed to take bath in any river/springs in and around the temples.

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