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From June 1, the rules for issuing passes to the Crimean reserves for beneficiaries and «local» are changing

CrimeaPRESS reports:

Since the beginning of summer, the rules for online issuance of passes to the Crimean reserves for local residents and citizens of privileged categories have been changing. According to the press service of the Federal State Budgetary Institution «Zapovedny Crimea», now beneficiaries will have to take original certificates with them, and Crimeans — passports.

According to the press service, Crimeans and citizens of privileged categories, as before, can apply for passes for a free visit to the Yalta mountain-forest, Opuk and Kazantip reserves directly on the Reserve Crimea website. Previously, when applying for such a pass online, it was necessary to attach a scanned copy of a document confirming the rights to a benefit or a passport with a Crimean residence permit. The new form does not imply this.

From June 1 2022 on the official website of the institution, when applying for a «local» or «preferential» pass, it will not be technically possible to attach a document confirming the benefit. We decided to abandon this procedure due to the numerous requests of our visitors , — the press service of the Federal State Budgetary Institution «Reserved Crimea» notes.

Now environmental inspectors will check the supporting documents on the spot. At the same time, the pass also remains mandatory.

It turns out that the above categories of citizens, when visiting the specially protected natural areas of the Federal State Budgetary Institution «Reserved Crimea» (namely: the Yalta mountain-forest, Opuksky and Kazantip state natural reserves), need to take with them not only a pass, but and the ORIGINAL supporting document or its notarized copy. A simple copy of the document in paper form, its photograph on the phone, a screenshot from the Public Services application and other options for presenting the document do not confirm that the visitor is exempt from charging fees. And, accordingly, the presented pass to visit the protected area in this case will not be valid. It is also not valid to present a supporting document instead of a pass: because staying in the territories of state nature reserves is allowed only with permission (Federal Law No. “On Specially Protected Natural Territories”, Article 9 , item 5), — the press service of the «Reserved Crimea» informs.

Earlier, Crimeans were exempted from paying for visiting specially protected natural areas of the peninsula, for the rest of the tourists a fee was approved — 150 rubles per person.

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