Yamal launches online permit service for visitors to protected areas
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Yamal launches online permit service for visitors to protected areas

The authorities of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area have launched the test mode of a permit-issuing service for those wishing to visit specially protected natural areas in the region. The service is available on the website of the region’s unified cartographic system of the area, and requires a public services account for access.

To obtain a permit, you must fill out an electronic application form and select a route on the map. The issued permit will be sent to the applicant’s email. When entering a nature park or reserve, all you have to do is show the QR code of the permit on your smartphone; there is no need to print the document.

“In the Year of the Environment, Ingilor, one of the most attractive nature parks in Yamal, significantly expanded its boundaries. We can see an increase in the number of people who want to explore the unique natural regions of the Polar Urals, including the world's largest musk ox breeding ground. One of the priorities of the service is to ensure safe and comfortable visits to our protected areas. Digitization of the permit-issuing service is the first step in making eco-tourism more accessible for residents and guests of our region,” said Alexander Gavrilyuk, acting director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, according to the press service of the regional administration.

The development of the service is a joint project of the region’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Information Technology and Communications.

Visiting specially protected natural areas requires a special permit.