Trainers! Niantic will soon be rolling out the first beta test of a new pokestop submission system. The first tests will take place in Brazil and South Korea.

The feature will be limited to players of level 40, trainers who meet the initial requirement will be able to nominate potential pokestops by submitting photographs and a description of the location. Submissions will then be reviewed by Ingress operation Portal Reacon project.

What makes a high-quality PokéStop nomination?

To make the most of each nomination, be sure to submit high-quality nominations that have a good chance of being eligible. These categories are considered an eligible candidate for a PokéStop:

  • A location with a cool story, a place in history or educational value
  • An interesting piece of art or unique architecture (Statues, paintings, mosaics, light installations, etc.)
  • A hidden gem or hyper-local spot
  • Public parks
  • Public libraries
  • Public places of worship
  • Major transit stations hubs (like Grand Central Station)

These categories are NOT considered an eligible candidate for a PokéStop:

  • Places without safe pedestrian access. All PokéStop nominations must have pedestrian access otherwise they will be rejected regardless of the quality of the PokéStop.
  • Private residences & surrounding private residential property
  • Locations that interfere with operations of fire stations, police stations, or hospitals
  • Places on the grounds of child care centers or primary/secondary schools
  • Natural features such as landscapes, mountains, waterfalls (however, man-made points of interest connected to these natural features are great, such as plaques or informational signs)
  • Objects that are not permanent (such as seasonal displays)
  • Adult-oriented stores or services (such as liquor stores, adult entertainment, shooting ranges, firearm stores, etc.)

Official Pokemon Go Announcement:


Coming soon, we’ll be rolling out the first beta test of the new PokéStop nomination system! This will be the first time that Trainers will be able to submit locations in Pokémon GO. Submissions will be evaluated for future inclusion in the game.

This feature will initially be limited to level 40 Trainers (child accounts excluded) in Brazil and South Korea.

Trainers who meet these initial requirements will be able to nominate potential PokéStops by submitting photographs and descriptions of the locations. Submissions will be reviewed by experienced users in the Ingress Operation Portal Recon (OPR) project.

You can find rules and guidelines on how to submit a PokéStop in our Help Center. Stay tuned for more news as this program expands to other countries, and please accept our thanks for working to make Pokémon GO an even better experience!

—The Pokémon GO team

This is great news for rural players! with limited access to stops. What are you thoughts of the pokestop submission feature coming to game?