FAQ

Can we enter buildings in Pripyat?

Since April 1, 2012 it has been officially prohibited (due to safety reasons) to enter the buildings in Pripyat.

How dangerous is the trip to Chernobyl? What is the dose of radiation I may receive?

Visiting Chernobyl is safer than flying in an aeroplane (radiation from the sun) or eating tons of bananas (that is the most radioactive fruit). The level of radiation in the Chernobyl zone is high only in some places that are avoided during the Chernobyl trip, or the group is only close to these places for a short amount of time (e.g. Red Forest, for a photo opportunity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – reactor 4). During one day in the Chernobyl exclusion zone the body will receive a dose of radiation of 3μSv (microSieverts) and the safe day limit is 100 microSieverts, that is, the equivalent of less than one X-ray scan or 1-2 hours spent on an aeroplane flight.

Why can people under 18 not go on a Chernobyl trip?

This restriction is due to the fact that the human body is still growing below the age of 18 and is therefore much more vulnerable.

How many people will there be on the tour with me?

The maximum number of people in a group tour is usually limited to 20. This ensures the smooth organisation and successful implementation of the itinerary.

What language is the tour to Chernobyl conducted in?

The basic language of the Chernobyl tour is English. But sometimes and on request, our Chernobyl Trips guide can help you in German, French, Czech, Slovak, Russian or Polish.

What should I take on a Chernobyl trip?

You must carry a valid passport at all times. Travelers have to wear long pants/trousers (not shorts), long-sleeve shirts or jackets and closed shoes (not sandals or flip flops). During your stay in the Chernobyl zone, Chernobyl Trips will provide you with a fabric respirator if required, although this is recommended rather than compulsory. Please bear in mind that it is forbidden to take weapons, animals, plants, drugs etc. into the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

What can I NOT do in the Chernobyl zone?

You need to obey the directions of the Chernobyl Trips guide or representative. For example; during the stay in Chernobyl you are not allowed to smoke, eat or drink, sit or put your belongings on the ground when outdoors. It is prohibited to eat any berries, drink water from open sources (tap water or bottled water is safe), touch vegetation or any other object on the ground.

How do I pay for the trip to Chernobyl?

There is a booking fee of 10 percent of the total price which is paid at the time of booking. This booking fee is refundable if you cancel your tour at least 24 hours prior to the tour. In the case of the tour being cancelled by the government or through other unlikely events, Chernobyl Trips will automatically refund the booking fee to your account.

The rest of the price is paid in USD or € or GBP upon our departure (at the meeting point in Kiev), where you will also get a receipt. If you require us to invoice your company or a third party, please contact us with the company details at go@chernobyltrips.com.

Is there an internet connection in the Chernobyl zone?

There is free Wi-Fi in the canteen and the bar (next to the hotel) available for you. Also, some of our buses are equipped with Wi-Fi on board, however, please do not rely on this.

Can I get to Chernobyl by my own car?

The Chernobyl exclusion zone is part of a special regime which does allow private cars under special conditions to use the roads inside the zone. Please discuss this option with us before you book your Chernobyl trip.

Do I need a visa to visit the Ukraine and Chernobyl?

Please check the most recently updated version of the list of countries that do not need a visa for entry to the Ukraine: http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners

In case you DO need a visa to the Ukraine, please let us know, we can help you to obtain it. If you have already booked a hotel in Kiev, they will automatically issue a visa invitation for you.

I need help with finding flights to Kiev and suitable accommodation, can you help me?

Chernobyl Trips can help you with booking an air ticket to Kiev, Ukraine. Just provide us with your departure airport and the dates when you would like to arrive and depart Kiev. We can also book a hotel (or flat/apartment) in Kiev at a discount price.

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