An intrinsic part of any exclusion zone is going to be checkpoints. Without them unsuspecting, and in some cases unscrupulous, people would gain unrestricted access to a still potentially toxic and dangerous environment. At the moment there are eleven that I could find, as per the location pins on the map below.
Almost all visitors to the exclusion zone will go via the checkpoint at Dytiatky - one of the most photographed checkpoints on the planet.
Dytiatky Checkpoint - The way in and out for almost all visitors to the zone
Within the zone, such at Pripyat, the checkpoints are less elaborate, with often just one man and a barrier. However, to have got this far you would have first needed to pass the more official checkpoints where all paperwork would have been validated before you went any further.
Checkpoint on outskirts of Pripyat
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