Chernobyl tour: everything you should know before visiting the exclusion zone

The Chernobyl exclusion zone is a territory contaminated after a nuclear accident that is closed for free access. The explosion of the 4th power unit is one of the most terrible events of the last century. The catastrophe destroyed thousands of lives of the evacuees from Pripyat and Chernobyl. And now the peaceful atom continues to affect the health of the inhabitants of not only the three most affected countries (Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus) but also the population of Europe. Those radiological events were assigned the highest level (level 7) on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). And now, the zone is absolutely not suitable for life, and only a few people of the older generation have returned to their homes after evacuation. According to scientists, no human can live there for another 20 thousand years until all particles will completely decay. However, even despite the threat of radiation, this place has become a popular tourist destination, and a tour to Chernobyl zone has become an extravagant vacation for guests from all over the world.

How to pick an agency for comfortable Chernobyl tour from Kiev and back?

Today, the exclusion zone is divided into three territories: a special zone (the power plant industrial site), as well as a 10-km and 30-km zone. The locations that can be seen during the tour depend on their level of contamination. In Pripyat, for example, this level does not exceed Kiev radioactive background. And the peculiarity is that due to the absence of factories and traffic, the air in the zone is much cleaner than in other large cities of Ukraine. Chernobyl tours must be safe and legal. The only way to get there is to use the services of official tour operators. Experts will help you get permission to enter the zone. Compared to the thrilling adventures of stalkers, video of whom can be seen on their YouTube channels, you may think that this will be a banal and boring excursion when guides will control your behavior, so you avoid stepping on a nuclear spot. But with the competent guide and a responsible agency, you can see the most interesting objects, learn new facts, and get explosive impressions without risking your health. Choosing the legal path to the zone, each tourist will be able to:

  • visit Chernobyl and Pripyat, see the Soviet over-the-horizon radar and the nuclear power plant;
  •  talk to the plant workers who are still living and working on the territory;
  •   see unique rare animals listed in the Red Book;
  •   feel the atmosphere of the past;
  • for foreign guests who first need to get to the capital of Ukraine, Chernobyl tour organizers will professionally assist during the whole way.

Before booking a tour, study the safety rules, a list of things that you must take with you, the tour programs offered by the agency, reviews about the services of previous clients, whether experts guarantee safety measures, and are there English-speaking guides for foreign groups. Only then, you will be able to book a trip, being sure that your Chernobyl tour expectations will be met, and you will see the most famous sights, without risking receiving a high dose of radiation. One of such trustworthy agencies is Trips to Chernobyl. The team of passionate and professional experts will ensure an amazing experience that cannot be compared to any other tourism type. But be careful, as the ghost town is a really magnetic city and you will undoubtedly fall in love with its views, buildings, and peacefulness. The exclusion zone is a place where you want to return again and again, even despite the abandoned cities, emptiness, and wild animals.

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