Order of visit

Currently, the state environmental research institution "Polesie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve" provides services for conducting information and environmental, educational, scientific, educational and educational excursions on the territory of the Belarusian sector of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

According to the Law of the Republic of Belarus dated May 26, 2012 No. 385-З "On the legal regime of territories exposed to radioactive contamination as a result of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant" and the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus dated December 03, 2012 No. 1110, which approved the provision "On the procedure for ensuring and canceling access control on the territories of the evacuation (exclusion) zone, the zone of priority resettlement and the zone of subsequent resettlement from which the population has been resettled "it is forbidden to visit our reserve by persons under 18 years of age, and it is also prohibited for persons with medical contraindications to visit our reserve.

The time periods for visiting the territory of the exclusion zone are 7 and 10.5 hours. These periods of stay are limited by the time of the personnel working in the conditions of the radioactively contaminated area.

A visit to the reserve is carried out from 8.30 to 16.30 local time.

The period of stay of the group is regulated by the period of validity of the pass and ranges from 1 to 3 days, with a daily arrival at the territory. After the expiration of the time, while staying, you must receive the passes again.

A visit is possible only in the presence of an accompanying employee from the scientific part of the reserve.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus dated November 6, 2018 No. 431 "On Amendments to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus" in order to improve the activities of the reserve, amendments were made to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus dated January 21, 2013 No. 41 "On the Polesie State Radiation ecological reserve "the visit is carried out only by means of transport provided by the reserve.

The reserve does not provide food and accommodation services. Accommodation for the period of visiting the reserve is possible in hotels in Khoiniki hotel "Zhuravinka" and Bragin hotel "Veras".

Visiting services provided by the reserve are paid on a contractual basis. The cost of the visit, like the program of the route, depends on the period of stay in the exclusion zone, the number of group members and the vehicles involved. The cost of mandatory and additional attendance services is presented in the Price List.

Payment for services is carried out by bank transfer, cash (Belarusian rubles) and international plastic cards at the administration of the reserve at the address Khoiniki, st. Tereshkova, 7, tel. +375 (2346) 45239 reception, +375 (2346) 45248 accounting.

Upon entering the territory of the reserve, visitors are instructed on radiation and fire safety and precautions at the sites visited, with mandatory registration in the journal "Registration of citizens visiting the reserve".

When leaving the reserve, it is necessary to pass mandatory radiation control of clothes, shoes, personal belongings.

The cost of visiting the Belarusian sector of the exclusion zone differs slightly for citizens of Belarus and foreign citizens. By increasing the number of people in the group, you reduce the cost of travel for each participant. The approximate cost of a one-day visit (overland route) for a group of up to 11 people is $ 170 and for a group of 11 to 23 people - $ 270 (excluding the cost of issuing passes to the border zone for foreign citizens).

For persons of residents of the Republic of Belarus it is necessary:

1. To get acquainted with the information provided on the reserve's website about the routes and the cost of services when visiting the objects of the exclusion zone.

2. In the prescribed form, send an application to the email address psrertur@mail.ru with the following mandatory data:

    • purpose of the visit;
    • date of visit;
    • number of people (list of all group members);
    • contact details (e-mail, telephone);
    • current professional activity;
    • provide information on the absence of medical contraindications for visiting this territory;
    • indicate the selected route number.

3. Send scanned copies of the passport (s) with personal data (for example, pages 31-33 of the Belarusian passport) for registration of a pass to the exclusion zone. In case of providing false information in the application for visiting the reserve will be rejected.

4. The term for consideration of the application is from 10 to 15 days. Consider this when choosing a date for your visit.

5. After the approval of the application by the Department for liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and the registration of documents by the administration of the reserve, you will be sent an e-mail.

6. After agreeing on your visit, it is necessary to arrive at the administration of the reserve by 8.30 on the day specified for the visit to conclude an agreement, pay for services and receive passes.

7. Obtain a pass ("Group" or "Individual"), which is provided to the controller of the checkpoint.

8. It is mandatory to have a passport with you, which is a confirmation of the pass.

9. When leaving the reserve, undergo mandatory radiation control of clothes, shoes, personal belongings.

10. Hand over the pass to the specialist of the checkpoint.

For non-residents of the Republic of Belarus, you must:

1. To get acquainted with the information provided on the reserve's website about the routes and the cost of services when visiting the objects of the exclusion zone.

2. Issue a pass to the border zone. You can do it yourself by following the link https://gpk.gov.by/pogranichnaya-zona/pravila-poseshcheniya-pogranichnoy-zony-dlya-inostrannykh-grazhdan/. If you have any difficulties in obtaining a pass to the border zone, the reserve's specialists can provide services for obtaining it for an additional fee (you must indicate this in the application).

3. In the prescribed form, send an application to the email address psrertur@mail.ru with the following mandatory data:

    • purpose of the visit;
    • date of visit;
    • number of people (list of all group members);
    • contact details (e-mail, telephone);
    • current professional activity;
    • provide information on the absence of medical contraindications for visiting this territory;
    • do i need to issue a pass to the border zone;
    • indicate the selected route number.

3. Send scanned copies of the passport (s) with personal data for registration of a pass to the exclusion zone. In case of providing false information, the application to visit the reserve will be rejected.

4. The term for consideration of the application is from 10 to 15 days. Consider this when choosing a date for your visit.

5. After the approval of the application by the Department for liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and the registration of documents by the administration of the reserve, you will be sent an e-mail.

6. After agreeing on your visit, it is necessary to arrive at the administration of the reserve by 8.30 on the day specified for the visit to conclude an agreement, pay for services and receive passes.

7. Obtain a pass ("Group" or "Individual"), which is provided to the controller of the checkpoint.

8. It is mandatory to have a passport with you, which is a confirmation of the pass. If you receive a pass to the border zone yourself, be sure to have it with you.

9. When leaving the reserve, undergo mandatory radiation control of clothes, shoes, personal belongings.

10. Hand over the pass to the specialist of the checkpoint.

The requirements of the radiation safety regime are mandatory for citizens visiting the territory of the reserve.

The exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a territory that is a source of ionizing radiation and is classified as radiation hazardous. The reference dose (acceptable risk, no radiation protection required) for visitors is 10 μSv.

To ensure that during the period of stay on the territory of the reserve, the individual effective dose of external exposure, as well as the dose of internal exposure expected as a result of the intake of radionuclides by inhalation, does not exceed 10 μSv, it is necessary to follow the rules.

Responsibilities of visitors to comply with radiation safety rules (RB)

Every visitor who is in the exclusion zone is obliged:

    • know the radiation safety rules and strictly comply with their requirements;
    • correctly use personal and collective protective equipment, use clothes and shoes, covering the body, arms and legs as much as possible;
    • comply with the requirements of warning and prohibition signs, posters on RB;
    • comply with the requirements of radiation safety officials;
    • follow the recommendations of the person accompanying him on trips around the exclusion zone;
    • follow to the destination without deviating from the previously assigned route, move only along the established routes;
    • observe radiation safety standards in public places, do not put personal belongings on the ground, do not eat food in the open air;
    • observe the rules of personal hygiene.
In the evacuation (exclusion) zone, it is prohibited:
    • 1. drink water from wells, rivers and other land sources;
    • 2. swim, sunbathe, fish, hunt, pick fruits, vegetables, berries, mushrooms and other forest products;
    • 3. to eat fruits, mushrooms, berries, meat of wild animals, poultry, fish and other food products grown in the exclusion zone;
    • 4. It is allowed to use only imported drinking water in the manufacturer's packaging.
    • 5. Before eating, you should wash your hands first with cold water and soap, then with warm water and soap, and then hold them again in cold water. Hot water expands the pores and promotes the penetration of radiation contamination into the skin. It is recommended to use special detergents.
    • 6. If at the end of the excursions it is not provided for the passage of the sanitary inspection equipped with a shower, visitors to the exclusion zone should take a shower using detergents at home.
    • 7. Raise dust, touch contaminated surfaces and stay in dusty places unnecessarily;
    • 8. Sit, lie, swim and put personal belongings on the ground;
    • 9. It is strictly prohibited to take out any items outside the zone, except for personal items.;
    • 10. Deviation from the established route;
    • 11. Stay in the exclusion zone only without an accompanying person. Ignore the requirements of accompanying persons, as well as warning and prohibition signs;
    • 12. Observe other rules of personal hygiene.
Personal protective equipment, their purpose and use

By the nature of use, personal protective equipment is divided into basic and additional.

All persons in the exclusion zone must wear basic personal protective equipment (closed clothing, headwear, closed shoes). Respiratory protection should also be provided if necessary.

It is also necessary to use additional PPE, the design and materials of which are selected taking into account the peculiarities of visits and weather and climatic conditions.

The most appropriate is the use of cotton clothing. It should have a minimum number of seams, valves, fasteners, pockets that accumulate radioactive substances and make it difficult to decontaminate the entire product.

Clothing and PPE are subject to radiation monitoring.

Clothing must be clean and repaired. All buttons should be fastened on clothes, all straps should be tied, the headdress should completely cover the hair.

Before visiting the exclusion zone with the use of PPE, the group leader gives instructions on the rules for their use.

Respirators are used to protect the respiratory system from radioactive aerosols and dust. The use of specific respiratory protective equipment is carried out in accordance with the instructions for the use of these devices.

At the end of their visits to the exclusion zone, all visitors undergo compulsory radiation control. Upon detection of contamination of the skin with radioactive substances, sanitization with decontamination is carried out. Clothes with contamination exceeding the reference levels are removed and sent for decontamination.

Rules of conduct on the territory of the reserve by citizens of the Republic of Belarus and foreign citizens

All foreign citizens and citizens of Belarus, when visiting the exclusion zone, are obliged to strictly observe the rules of radiation safety, labor protection, the regime, the approved program of stay, move only along the established routes and must be insured in accordance with the current legislation.

During your stay in the exclusion zone, it is prohibited:

    • bring any weapon with you;
    • consume alcoholic beverages and drugs;
    • eating and smoking outdoors;
    • touch any structures or plants;
    • sit down or put photo and video equipment on the ground;
    • take out any items outside the exclusion zone;
    • break the dress code (open shoes, short pants, skirts);
    • be on the territory of the exclusion zone without an accompanying person.

All instructions of the accompanying person are binding. Photo and video filming - only with the permission of the accompanying person along the route.

On the territory of the exclusion zone, foreigners and citizens of Belarus who are for informational purposes are exposed to external and internal radiation due to radioactive contamination of the environment (air, soil, water bodies, as well as buildings, vehicles, equipment, etc.) and give their consent, that the administration of the Polesie State Radiation-Ecological Reserve is not responsible for a possible deterioration in health (traumatism, disease, radiation, etc.) during a visit to the exclusion zone.

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