So I’m guessing you’re here because you want to visit Chernobyl safely!
For us travellers who want to see the results of the greatest nuclear disaster of our time, the Ukrainian Government has permitted entry into the surrounding areas of Chernobyl safely, but with strict conditions.
If you’re planning on going to the exclusion zone, do it! But there are a lot of things you need to consider before planning your trip. So here are our tips on how to safely visit the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
These will make you travel to Kiev more comfortable
You can’t just turn up
Firstly, you cannot just arrive in Kiev and just go. You will need to book it through a reputable tour company at least 10 days before you plan on visiting, and they will apply for a pass on your behalf. There are multiple military checks that you will go through before you can be allowed to enter the exclusion zone. I will link the tour company I went through below and would highly recommend you book through them.
You will be exposed to radiation!
Secondly, you will be exposed to radiation, and this is undeniable. The amount you get exposed to will most likely be similar to what you would be exposed to on a long-haul flight. Again, this is why you need to go through a reputable tour company as they will bring professional radiation monitoring equipment to check radiation levels.
Don’t touch anything!
Thirdly, you can’t touch, sit, or lay on anything! There are still radioactive particles everywhere in Chernobyl. You will be radiation-tested twice before you leave the exclusion zone to make sure no radioactive particles have attached themselves to you. If a particle has attached to you, they will attempt to clean the particle off of you. We were told on the tour that some tourists had to leave items of clothing behind, but most commonly shoes as they have stepped where they shouldn’t have. So, a bit tip, don’t stray from the group.
Despite the chilling events that occurred at Chernobyl and Pripyat in 1986, many travellers do visit Chernobyl safely each year, and I would highly recommend going.