FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your VALID travel passport is necessary for issuing permits to the Chernobyl zone, and you need to have it with you at all times during the whole Chernobyl tour.
People might think that Chernobyl tours are tight to schedule or they are not so flexible, so maybe they would love to try an illegal Chernobyl tour. However, the bonuses of taking such a tour - like sleeping in an abandoned flat in Pripyat, or saving money for the tour are very questionable and most of the LEGAL Chernobyl private tours can fulfil your needs anyway. Illegal Chernobyl tours have been there ever since the beginning and they are a very extensive and dangerous adventure. First, you would need to walk to reach Pripyat at least 20 kilometers via contaminated areas, even during the night with a very limited chance to get some sleep. The water supply is limited, as most of the water you might use for drinking or cleaning might be contaminated. Food might also be an issue, and we even took one of these Chernobyl illegal tourists to hospital back in 2018, probably after food poisoning. There is a fair chance you will get caught by police patrols. The fines for trespassing the Chernobyl zone are not very high, however the consequences like being on the black list (to enter Ukraine or the Chernobyl zone), spending a night or two in a lock up is not the type of adventure you are seeking.
First of all, you already are helping the Chernobyl babushkas by taking a Chernobyl tour with ChernobylX. Our promise is to dedicate 1% of the price of your tour directly to the Chernobyl babushkas, buying them medicaments, groceries, products, and organising charity tours to help them in the garden, around the house, and with anything else they need.
Once you are touring Chernobyl and you want to go and visit a Chernobyl babushka, we always make sure we bring some goods to her, you are welcome to bring or buy anything you believe will cheer up an Ukrainian pensioner living in a half-abandoned village. Hint: Chernobyl babushkas appreciate some sweets, fruits, and chocolate. However, the biggest gift is you to come and talk to them, being interested in their lives and stories. You are the greatest gift!
Vegetarians, gluten-free diets, and vegans are all welcome in Chernobyl as well. Although do not expect a wide variety of choices for lunch and dinner, as the chefs are used to meals from the Soviet times, which is to cook mostly meat dishes. Anyway, please inform us about your diet or any other health limitations before your Chernobyl visit.
We will gladly tell the story of Chernobyl in your language, if we have the capacity or an interpreter ready to do so. With languages other than English, we face limitations in capacity. German, French, Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Spanish guides of Chernobyl are available directly amongst the ChernobylX team, but we can schedule group tours in different languages. For any other dates, we will do whatever we can to ensure your prefered language is available, however, please expect some surcharge usually around 100 €/day per group for an interpreter if we are out of our capacity. In the meanwhile, we hope that one of the languages above suits you. Please note, the mother tongues of ChernobylX guides are Russian and Ukrainian.
We help arrange full service tours for our B2B partners (e.g. other tour agencies), however we are limited in helping individuals with their journey from their home country - finding flights, trains, etc. We will gladly give you hints on finding the best way to Kyiv, Ukraine for your Chernobyl experience. We will get you in touch with our partner hotels and airBNB providers in Kyiv.
The tour to Chernobyl with ChernobylX starts in Kyiv, Ukraine. Group Chernobyl tours (1 and 2 day) start at the Central Kyiv railway station (Pivdenny) in front of the KFC and Puzata Hata restaurants. The Chernobyl private tour starts at your address in Kyiv (provided with your booking). Our tours to Chernobyl usually start at 7.30 AM local time, and finish between 6 and 8 PM at the same departure spot.
Yes, you can fly a drone in the Chernobyl zone and in Pripyat on a Chernobyl private tour. You need to get a special permit from the Ukrainian secret service and ChernobylX will gladly help you obtain this permit free of charge upon providing us with the details of your drone. Please note, there are restricted areas for drone flights, but your Chernobyl guide will ensure you are staying out of the no flight zones..
We have only one discount policy: 9+1 FREE. If you get 9 of your friends to join you on the Chernobyl tour we will make it private only for your group and at the same time you as the organiser are going completely free. Enjoy!
The high season for Chernobyl visits starts in March and ends in October each year, so try to come in the winter months (and dress appropriately!). One more travel tip to get your high priority spots completely empty: go for more than a 1 day Chernobyl tour, as you will be the first and last out of Pripyat, which means exploring becomes so easy. Also, working days are much less crowded than weekends. Ideally, when you want to appear like David Attenborough and walk alone in the streets of Pripyat, a 3-day private Chernobyl tour in the first half of December, during working days, will do the job just right!
The Chernobyl zone operates under strict rules, which do not allow tourists to stay in Pripyat or in the 10-kilometer Chernobyl zone after 7PM. During Autumn and Winter months, the sunset is before 7PM, so you can have a good photo shoot with a golden hour of sunset in Pripyat or the Duga radar. For evening sunsets, morning sunrises or any other special photo request, please book a Chernobyl private tour with us or with our specialised partner: chernobylphoto.
The Chernobyl zone has become a wildlife reserve in the past decades and there is a fair chance of seeing wild animals such as deers, moose, foxes, turtles, boars, and even wolves during your Chernobyl tour. If you are specialised in nature and wildlife, go for a Chernobyl private tour and together with the Ecocenter of Chernobyl we can take you to places in the Chernobyl zone where you will surely spot wildlife.
Feeding catfish in the cooling pond of the Chernobyl power plant is possible, however limited since 2018 when the majority of the larger catfish migrated to parts of the channel with better conditions (the cooling pond is continually being dewatered).
Yes, for your private Chernobyl tour you are welcomed to do so and we almost certainly can give you your dream-guide of Chernobyl. For Chernobyl group tours the schedule is limited and we can not ensure your Chernobyl guide will be the one you have asked for.
After 35 years since the Chernobyl accident, we can manage to take you inside the very historical room where the dramatic moments of that fateful night on April 26, 1986 took place: Control room number 4.
You can book this expanded Chernobyl power plant tour including Control room #4 ONLY for a Private Chernobyl tour in your prefered dates, at least 20 days before the tour starts. The price is 199 €/239 USD/179 GBP per person.
Safety is guaranteed by the Chernobyl power plant with their equipment, trained guide and full-suit protection including a Geiger Muller counter and a full body radiation safety scan (dosimetric control). The premises of Control room #4 are still contaminated, so you will spend only several minutes there in full protection, in order to keep the dose of radiation for the whole day in Chernobyl under 10 microSieverts (which is only 10% of the daily safety dose in the majority of nuclear power plants in the world).
Your safety is the number one priority for ChernobylX, that is why we created the safest Chernobyl tour in the world. We will gladly assist you with any health constraints you are facing to make your Chernobyl trip as super safe as possible. We can easily adjust our program and transportation for people in wheelchairs, although the visit to Pripyat and Chernobyl-2 with the Duga radar will be bumpy. You should also be fine with any asthma or blood disease as you will not be facing any extended radiation (as mentioned in our SAFETY, you will get more radiation on your flight to Kyiv.). However, we do not take any responsibility for health risks, especially if you did not follow the rules of the Chernobyl zone or the instructions of your Chernobyl guide. We highly recommend that you reconsider any travel, not just to Chernobyl, if you are advised by a medical professional for treatment or medicine. We will not accept people with limb disease, cancer, a tumor, or COVID-19 (or any other contagious virus for that matter), also pregnant women are currently not accepted on our Chernoby tours. P.S. The risk for pregnant women is probably negligible, as there was even one child born and raised in full health in the city of Chernobyl after the accident.
You are welcome to cancel or move your Chernobyl tour anytime free of charge up to 24 hours before the tour. If you need to cancel or move your Chernobyl power plant excursion (as part of your Chernobyl tour), you can do it free of charge up to 14 days before the tour start date. If you cancel your Chernobyl tour after these deadlines, please expect at least a 30% cancellation fee. Moving the tour is always easier than cancelling it, as most of the fees have already been paid for your permits, insurance, or dosimetric control and they can not be fully refunded. From our experience in the past years, we have been successful in moving any Chernobyl tour without any surcharge for our customers.
With regards to the products, we usually offer 5-15% commission depending on the type of products and volume.
During the Corona pandemic, we have ensured the absolute safety of you and your fellow travellers on our Chernobyl trips by an airline-level of disinfection and precautionary measurements: temperature check, face masks, gloves, antibacterial gel, disinfected buses and cars, Chernobyl guides and drivers with masks. Together we can make sure you come back home safe and thrilled. For more details please read the Corona update.
You are free to come to Ukraine nowadays, just check from which country you are coming, so you can follow the local quarantine rules, and the best and up to date info can be found here: https://visitukraine.today/
Ukraine experienced a severe COVID-19 hit in 2020, with the culmination of infected people in November 2020, after several lock-downs and even closing their borders twice. As of 2021, the situation with positive COVID tests is decreasing. The vaccination of the Ukrainian population started in Q2 2021. You are asked to keep all the safety medical measurements against COVID-19 when entering and staying in Ukraine.
Anybody from any country is permitted to enter Ukraine. People entering Ukraine from the “Green Zone” countries do not need to self-isolate or observe. There is a 14 day quarantine requirement for travelers coming from “Red Zone” countries.
All passengers are to wear masks. The number of passengers in the transport vehicle is to be equal to the number of sitting places. Restaurants, shops etc. are operating. Visitors are to wear masks at all times on the premises.
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You can choose from 2 options: a refund or a reschedule.
Travellers arriving from countries in what the Ukrainian authorities call the “Red Zone” are required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation approved by the “Dii Vdoma” tracking app (see below), or quarantine in a Government-approved facility for 14 days upon arrival.
Mandatory self-isolation or quarantine is no longer necessary if a traveller undergoes a PCR test and receives a negative result no more than 48 hours in advance of his/her arrival in Ukraine, or once in Ukraine.
If you are over 18 years old, Chernobyl is worth visiting and should be on the top of your bucket list of places to visit this year. Since the early 2000s, Chernobyl has been visited by non-professional foreign delegations. Since 2008, we have developed safe trails, itineraries, procedures, and radiation check points in order to make your Chernobyl tour not just possible, but super safe. Now, you can travel to Chernobyl directly from Kyiv, Ukraine (2 hours by car), have a great meal, receive accommodation in a Chernobyl hotel, and have a once in a lifetime experience. The closest you can get to the epicenter in Chernobyl today is some 200 meters from the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (sarcophagus). To check out how you can visit Chernobyl safely, choose one of our Chernobyl tours HERE.
Good luck with that! :-) Actually, the best way to tell them is that you are both going to visit Chernobyl. Such a Chernobyl trip is just for adventurous couples, however, if they do not feel brave enough, they will have to forgive you by letting you go to Chernobyl alone. Just promise you will not drink a lot of vodka and that you love them.
Visiting Chernobyl is as safe as visiting any other place in the world. The level of radiation is only above normal natural radiation background levels in some places of the Chernobyl zone. Most of these contaminated places are avoided during the Chernobyl tour, or the group stays near these places but only for a brief amount of time.
So how safe are the trips to Chernobyl exactly? During one day spent in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the body receives a dose of gamma radiation comparable to a 0,0005 dose of an X-ray scan or 3-5 hours spent travelling in an airplane. In numbers, you will receive 4-6 microsieverts of gamma radiation – an absolutely non harmful dose of radiation. For comparison, most of the nuclear power plants around the world have a safety limit for their employees set at 50-100 microsieverts per day. During a one-day Chernobyl tour you will probably get less radiation then during your flight to Kiev.
In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl exclusion zone one needs to be at least 18. This restriction is due to the fact that the human body is still growing below this age and it is much more vulnerable to possible contamination (which is highly unlikely, anyway). There is no upper age limit for Chernobyl tour, however keep in mind, unless you take a Chernobyl private tour, the group Chernobyl tours when visiting Pripyat are designed as walking tours to much extent.
Safety on your Chernobyl tour is our number one priority, thus we ensure the following actions to make sure this is the safest Chernobyl tour available: a (radiation safety) dosimetric control for you at least twice a day, you will get a free respirator and you can borrow a Geiger-Muller counter anytime at no cost. Also, our trained Chernobyl guides will only take you to the healthy non-hazardous places and trails. We ensure the dose of radiation received during 1 day of your Chernobyl tour will not exceed 6 microsieverts.
Please note: if you decide to upgrade your tour of the Chernobyl Power Plant excursion, the daily limit will be slightly higher due to visiting higher contaminated places (the circulation cooling system of reactor no. 3, and even with an extended programme of the control room of reactor no. 4). Therefore, the radiation dose received during 1 day of your Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant excursion will not exceed 8 microsieverts.
It is easy! Just pick the tour you like the most from our offer HERE at least 3 days before your desired date and you are all set. In order to take a tour to Chernobyl with ChernobylX you must first come to Kyiv, Ukraine. Book for flights to Kyiv - Zhuliany or Borispyl, the flight connections exist with all major European cities, including London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, and Warsaw, or you could just find a connected flight from wherever you are coming from.
For your Chernobyl tour, you can also take a train to Kyiv (from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, or Poland). The ChernobylX pick-up point is at the main railway station in Kyiv. As of 2020, many of our tourists are coming by car (in the case of a private tour, you can even save money when driving in your own car to and around Chernobyl with your tour guide).
From Kyiv, everything will be arranged by a ChernobylX guide, with whom you will meet at 7:30AM on the first day of your excursion at the PICK-UP POINT at Kyiv central railway station (for a private tour we will pick you up at your hotel address in Kyiv). The journey to the Chernobyl exclusion zone takes a maximum of 2 hours from Kyiv and we do not waste time - we watch documentaries, read historical newspapers, or simply chit-chat. Transportation to and around Chernobyl is conducted in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter minibus with AC, WiFi and a TV on board. For private tours we use a Mercedes or a Toyota SUV. The majority of places in Pripyat will be visited on foot.
You can choose from 3 types of tours (and the occasional seasonal special tours): 1 day, 2 day and the Private Chernobyl tour (1-5 or even more days). All tours have a “Backpacker” price with a limited service or a “Hero” package with all the perks and comfort. They start at 99 €/119 USD/89 GBP and end around 1600 €/1999 USD/1499 GBP per person. For a private tour to Chernobyl the rule is: the bigger group, the cheaper it is, and every tenth customer (usually YOU - the organiser) is free of charge.
As a premium partner of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (with the largest number of tourists in 2019 and 2020 to CHNPP) we also recommend adding a 3-hour Chernobyl Power Plant excursion to your Chernobyl tour at the most competitive prices: 139 €/169 USD/129 GBP. With the Chernobyl private tour an extended program is also available where you can visit the iconic control room of reactor no. 4 for only 199 €/239 USD/179 GBP.
The Chernobyl tour cost is guaranteed. All prices are final and you will not pay any extra surcharges or services. There are no booking or cancellation fees and a 100% money back guarantee. All ChernobylX prices include transportation (to/from Kyiv), permits to all 3 safety zones, accommodation (hostel or 2* hotel) directly in Chernobyl or in Slavutych (on several day tours), dining (based on your package), professional English guide (note - there might be a surcharge for unplanned Spanish, German, French, Italian, Slovak, Polish, and Czech languages), a Geiger-Muller counter, respirator, radiation safety control (at least twice a day) and a Chernobyl newspaper. Some services like: obligatory insurance, free postcard service, t-shirt, seat choice, or lunch/dinner/full board are part of the HERO package only.
You can pay a reservation or for the whole Chernobyl tour by booking through (PayPal, Credit/Debit card, Bitcoins) or cash at the pick up in Kyiv.
For most of our customers visiting the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is their favorite reason to upgrade the Chernobyl tour. We highly recommend adding a visit to the interiors of the most famous nuclear power plant in the world, also to any of your Chernobyl trips - 1 day, 2 day or private, just make sure you book this Chernobyl power plant tour at least 20 days before your tour date.
As a premium partner of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (with the largest number of tourists in 2019 and 2020 to CHNPP) we guarantee the best prices for all the Chernobyl Power Plant tours. A basic 3-hour Chernobyl Power Plant excursion during your Chernobyl tour costs 139 €/169 USD/129 GBP per person and is run by the Chernobyl power plant itself (with their guide and permits). With the Chernobyl private tour, there is also an extended program available when visiting the iconic control room of reactor no. 4 for only 199 €/239 USD/179 GBP per person.
The reservation or whole price for the Chernobyl visit is paid either by booking (PayPal, Credit/Debit card, Bitcoins) or by cash on the ChernobylX bus. No booking and cancellation fees, you can rebook or cancel your Chernobyl tour any time. We will refund you 100% if you cancel the tour at least 24 hours prior to the tour. The sum is paid either in EUR, USD, GBP or CZK.
In case you are not satisfied with our services or services of our subcontractors or partners, you are allowed to cancel the tour with a 100% cash back of your price ONLY during your Chernobyl tour. This only applies when you are travelling with ChernobylX for a one-day Chernobyl tour, and if you have reported your dissatisfaction up until 14:00 local time (GWT+2 hours). As for the several-day Chernobyl tour, report your dissatisfaction on the first day of the tour until 18:00 local time (GWT+2 hours). In this case you will be immediately refunded and taken to the bus station in Chernobyl city or to the checkpoint, Dytiatky. Our customer service will be in touch with you in order to find out what went wrong so we can learn our lesson. Although these situations are very rare (7 out of over 11 thousand customers in 2019), we try to solve anything that is in our hands to offer you not just money back, but also propose a remedy, in case you would like to see us again in the future.
Please note, we only offer a 100% money back guarantee on our Chernobyl tours, as we do have limited control over subcontractors and state authorities in other destinations. However in case you were not satisfied with anything other than the Chernobyl tours, we will gladly offer at least a partial refund or compensation.
The Chernobyl expedition usually starts at 7:30 AM in Kyiv (DAY 1), where the group tour meeting point is in front of the KFC/Puzata Hata restaurant at the Central railway station in Kyiv. For a private Chernobyl tour, you might wish for an earlier or later pick up time, and therefore, we will pick you up at your address in Kyiv (Hotel/airBNB).
You will get a “fresh” newspaper from 1986 with the Chernobyl story and you are also welcome to watch a documentary on your way to Chernobyl. There is WiFi available for most of the journey (please note: some territories, including the Chernobyl zone are not covered by a good mobile internet signal).
The ChernobylX van or jeep arrives at the Chernobyl exclusion zone around 10 AM. After passing the checkpoint, “Dytiatky,” the group will start the excursion. Multiple day tours check into the hotel or hostel (based on your tour package). There will be a lunch break during the Chernobyl expedition (lunch is included in the HERO package), also breakfast (all packages on several day tours) and dinner (only for several day tours with the HERO package). There might also be a chance to stop at the local grocery shop to buy some snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.
After the Chernobyl tour and the last dosimetric control, the van or jeep will return to Kyiv between 6 and 8 PM (20:00) local time.
During a two-day Chernobyl tour, the night is spent at the hotel in Chernobyl (or Slavutych) with a cultural program – talking with local Chernobyl guides and experts about the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Pripyat city, the accident, the evacuation, and the future of the whole Chernobyl exclusion zone. The several day Chernobyl tours start with a traditional Ukrainian breakfast at the hotel before the follow up program.
If you book a tour with the Chernobyl Power Plant excursion (highly recommended!), you will be picked up by the CHNPP guide in the van, and then you will rejoin and continue the Chernobyl tour after the Chernobyl Power Plant.
During your tour to the Chernobyl zone you will have a chance to meet and talk to the living legends of Chernobyl - liquidators or Chernobyl babushkas. This will be organised in a very smooth way during your visit in Pripyat, at the power plant, or in Chernobyl city. Chernobyl private tours are very flexible in their Chernobyl tour program. Please note, part of the Chernobyl tour organisation are the safety measurements - we ensure at least 2 full body radiation controls, and we provide you with a dosimeter and a Geiger-Muller counter, along with a basic radiation safety training.
We do not organise big bus and shopping Chernobyl tours. Thus, the maximum number of people on one of the Chernobyl tours with ChernobylX is 15 (sometimes 18 on a one day Chernobyl tour, yet most of the time there are not more than 10 people in the group). This is the number that still guarantees the highest quality and smoothness during the whole Chernobyl tour. On top of that, with this number of adventurers in one group you can be sure you will never have unwanted people in your unique Chernobyl photos.
For your private Chernobyl tour we can organise groups of up to 300 people a day. Our record is 150 in more than 70 cars (CATrophy event Chernobyl 2017). Can you beat that?
The basic language of the Chernobyl tour is English, but there are possibilities to have it in: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Slovak, and Polish. We have regular dates for group tours in different languages, at least once a month. In case, you will not make it for the date of your preferred language, there might be a surcharge for a translator (as we will be out of capacities in the particular language). We will try to make your Chernobyl experience the most valuable by providing you with all the Chernobyl information and stories in your mother tongue, which is a pleasure for us.
During the trip to Chernobyl you are allowed to take pictures and videos of everything and every place in the Chernobyl zone, no need to ask. The only restrictions for photos and cameras are in the premises of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and at the checkpoints with police guards. Please do not take pictures and videos at these spots along with the places where your Chernobyl travel guide informs you that you are not allowed.
You are allowed to take pictures and shoot video in front of reactor number 4 (the new sarcophagus) of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant from a safe distance. You can also take your tripods with you to the Chernobyl zone. For a drone, you need a special permit that we will help you to obtain. You can only fly a drone on private tours with this special permit and some places (especially around the Chernobyl power plant) are flight restricted zones.
In order to be permitted to enter the Chernobyl exclusion zone one needs to be at least 18 years old. This restriction is due to the fact that the human body is still growing below this age and it is much more vulnerable to possible contamination (which is highly unlikely, anyway). There is no upper age limit for a Chernobyl tour, however keep in mind, unless you take a Chernobyl private tour, the group Chernobyl tours are designed as walking tours when visiting Pripyat.
The Chernobyl exclusion zone is run under special management, so most of the time it allows you to travel to Chernobyl in your own car (or bus), but not motorbike. You can use your car, bus, or caravan on a Chernobyl private tour, where we actually offer you a discount of 90 €/100 USD/80 GBP a day. If you plan to visit in your car, please contact us in order to issue a Chernobyl zone permit for your vehicle in advance.
If you are interested in seeing just the main tourist points in Chernobyl and Pripyat, it is okay for you to go on a one-day Chernobyl tour. We at ChernobylX were able to squeeze the best places in the Chernobyl zone during an extended one-day program where you can still enjoy the highlight of meeting a real Chernobyl hero.
Clients sometimes tell us that this was not just a tour, but an experience instead. And as you know, a real experience takes time. A night spent in the Chernobyl zone or Slavutych (New Pripyat) is something that you will never forget, which is why we do many of the overnight tours to Chernobyl. During our two-day Chernobyl tours we manage to show you places that remain hidden for the majority of tourists, so you can dive deeper into the Chernobyl atmosphere and truly challenge what you know or have seen from the documentaries or the Chernobyl HBO miniseries. To sum it up, you will experience 3 times more during a two day tour to Chernobyl compared to just the 1-day Chernobyl visit. By the way, more than 10% of our customers join us for a two-day tour after visiting Chernobyl for just one day. If your schedule allows you, we recommend choosing a two-day tour. All this with a 100% money back guarantee.
We can offer you a several day Chernobyl tour in private, where you can choose from 1-7 days. Even if that’s not enough, please contact our customer care at firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
If you are looking for a Chernobyl group tour for 3 or more, or a several-day photo workshop, we recommend you will find it through our partner: chernobylphoto.com
Even international media gladly use our Chernobyl blogs and youtube channel ChernobylTV to stay informed. Most of the time you can find stories from the past but you can also have a glimpse into the future on our Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn feeds. For more maps and a “virtual travel” around Chernobyl, please visit Chernobylmaps.com.
Most of the Chernobyl tour offers you can find on the market are from tour agencies who are only selling from a few official Chernobyl tour travel agencies. For your own good, service, and safety we recommend you buy your trip directly through a Chernobyl travel agency. ChernobylX is an officially licensed tour agency for the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which is also a member of the Chernobyl Tour Operator Association.
People who have travelled to the Chernobyl zone (with different Chernobyl travel agencies) at several times have said they were paying special attention to: Reviews of previous customers you can find on independent portals like Tripadvisor, whether the price for the Chernobyl tour is final (some agencies might charge you extra for many things we believe should be a part of a safe Chernobyl experience etc.), the duration of the group tour (the longer time, the better), if the Chernobyl tour agency sticks to the program that it is selling on their website, how knowledgeable the Chernobyl guide (or delegate) is, the chances of a tour being cancelled (some agencies cancel when not enough people), and the guarantee of not getting what they were promised (ChernobylX has a 100% money back guarantee in case you were not satisfied - for more information, please read here (LINK to the FAQ regarding 100% money back guarantee). So which is the best Chernobyl tour? To be honest, maybe trust your gut instinct and what values of a Chernobyl tour provider resonate with you.
Due to the special management in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, as well as the ongoing liquidation process in some places (the Chernobyl nuclear power plant), ChernobylX can not guarantee the program and the places you will visit during the Chernobyl tour. We can definitely guarantee that on your Chernobyl trip you will see the majority of the places listed, along with many places not listed in the tour itinerary. Private tours to Chernobyl can have some extra places added in their Chernobyl tour program upon request. If you are coming to Chernobyl to see some particular landmark or person, please mention it during your booking, so we can double check if it is likely to be available on your Chernobyl tour date.
We highly recommend to upgrade your Chernobyl tour program with a Chernobyl Power Plant excursion (provided directly by the CHNPP), the only limitation is how much time you will need in advance to book your excursion and provide the details to get a permit issued - currently it is 20 days. You can grab one of the few seats available daily for this tour option additional to any tour type: 1 day, 2 day and/or the private Chernobyl tour.
The 3 hour excursion inside the Chernobyl power plant is very informative and in depth, as it is the only RBMK 1000 MW power plant reactor in the world that has now been decommissioned. You will see the control room of reactor number 2, the central control room of CHNPP, a safety center, the cooling system of reactor number 3, an underground shelter, and with an extended program (available only for Chernobyl private tours), you will also enter the legendary control room of reactor number 4.
Since April 1, 2012, it is officially forbidden (due to safety reasons) to enter buildings in Pripyat. Despite this fact, ChernobylX assures that you will have almost the same experience as the former Pripyat tour. Adding some unique buildings and places (outside the borders of Pripyat) into the program is almost a full replacement of the interiors in Pripyat that are out of reach at this moment.
For an even more intense Chernobyl visit, we also added a Chernobyl VR with interiors of the most famous places, free of charge on our Private Chernobyl tour. This way you can vividly step into the old Soviet buildings such as the Palace of Culture, Energetyk, Pripyat Hospital, the swimming pool, Lazurny and others. Also, when you are walking in the streets of Pripyat with one of our Chernobyl heroes, who was living in Pripyat, you might get an invitation for a cup of coffee or tea in his apartment, as most of us already have ;-)
Every Chernobyl visitor has to have a valid passport at all times – this is compulsory. Visitors of the Chernobyl zone have to wear pants (not shorts), a long-sleeve shirt/jacket, and closed shoes (not sandals or flip flops). ChernobylX recommends that you take old clothes and shoes that can be easily washed or maybe even thrown away. As the Chernobyl tour is to much extent a walking tour, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and outfit.
It is forbidden to take to/from the Chernobyl exclusion zone any weapons, animals, plants, drugs, etc. Tourists are also not allowed to take artifacts that they have found in the Chernobyl zone, out of the zone. Download this LIST (LINK) of what is recommended to take with you to Chernobyl.
After entering the Chernobyl exclusion zone, you will be instructed as to what is allowed and not allowed during your visit in Chernobyl. You will have to stick to these instructions and to the directions of your Chernobyl travel guide (envoy officer). During the stay in Chernobyl for example, you are not allowed to smoke, eat and drink in the open spaces. Smoking in the Chernobyl zone is only allowed at the places that are specially marked for this. Eating and drinking are allowed but only inside, such as in the car or van. You are also not allowed to sit on the ground, as well as put your belongings – mostly cameras and camcorders – on the ground too. You are not allowed to eat any berries, drink water from open sources such as wells etc. (tap water or bottled water is OK), touch any vegetation or any objects on the ground. Download the LIST (LINK) of rules in Chernobyl.
No, you do not need to take a gas mask or respirator while visiting Chernobyl, Pripyat, and surrounding areas. You will get a respirator from ChernobylX for free at the entrance to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
We advise you to book your Chernobyl tour at least 2-3 weeks in advance as many of them are likely to be booked out, especially in the high season: March-October. For the Chernobyl Power Plant excursions, make your booking at least 20 days before the start of the Chernobyl tour.
Normally, we need at least 5 days to process your data and get you a permit from the Chernobyl zone administration. Sometimes, especially on our private tours, we can manage it much faster. A Chernobyl tour for the next day (tomorrow) can be a big stretch, however, If you need to book a Chernobyl visit for any day close to tomorrow, please call us, whatsapp, viber at +380 99 051 9999.
It depends on your preferences – the Chernobyl exclusion zone has its magic in every season. In Spring, everything is blooming and there are no leaves on the trees that would usually cover the buildings in Pripyat, and thus it is very good for photographing. During the Summertime, the Chernobyl exclusion zone is green (and also crowded by tourists in some places) - Pripyat is a city “in the jungle” and this is the best way you can see how nature overtook the human structures. In Autumn, the Chernobyl zone is rather bleak, with falling leaves surrounding the facades of Pripyat houses. There are two magic weeks in October when most of Pripyat turns red thanks to the wild vineyards overgrowing the streets. And during the Winter, which has the best light, you can see how abandoned the cities and villages in the Chernobyl zone really are, as well as seeing many of the Chernobyl zone’s “wild” inhabitants – moose, wolves, and boars. The winters are quite cold in Chernobyl due to the high level of humidity, so please dress appropriately.
Where you will stay overnight in Chernobyl is a very essential question before booking a multi-day Chernobyl tour. There are several accommodation facilities where you can spend a good night in Chernobyl.
The hotel in Chernobyl is a newly built, clean and safe hotel, in which every room is equipped with comfortable beds, heating, a closet, and a TV set. In the corridor you can find a shared (lockable) shower and toilet. We use the Chernobyl hotel, Desiatka for our HERO customers because it provides a quiet place for spending your night in Chernobyl. It has a Chernobyl restaurant and the rooms have clean linens, towels, shampoo and soap prepared for you. The hotel rooms accommodate 1-3 people. If you would like to have a single room just for you, please refer to your booking and please note a surcharge of 40 € to your tour might be applied based on the capacity.
The newly open Chernobyl hostel is clean, cosy, yet just limited in comfort as it was rebuilt from a dormitory of the Novarka workers, who had left after finishing the Chernobyl new safe confinement. The rooms are basically part of the former flats, so there are 2-3 rooms in one dorm with a shared bathroom and toilet. Each room has 2-3 beds, which makes it suitable for travellers on a budget.
For our HERO packages we also use a hotel in the newly built city of Slavutych (New Pripyat), which is a western type of hotel and is located outside of the Chernobyl zone. The rooms of 2-3 beds have their own bathroom, cooler and TV sets. The hotel is located in the very heart of Slavutych, and you will get there with your Chernobyl guide by taking a train from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (the price of the ticket is included in the price of accommodation). Accommodation near Chernobyl is offered by some locals from nearby villages - in an airBNB style and we will gladly provide you with this local experience on your tour upon your request.
For a complete overview of Chernobyl hotels and accommodation with first hand experience, read this BLOG.
Since 2008 and with over 25 thousand safely travelled customers, we can say with a certainty that it is highly improbable to get contaminated during your Chernobyl tour. The travel guides for ChernobylX are specially trained to lead you only along safe roads and paths, as your safety is their number one priority. During the visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone you will go through a dosimetric control several (at least 2) times a day – at the checkpoints to the Chernobyl safety zones, as well as at the entrance to the canteen or the Chernobyl power plant. On top of that, your Chernobyl group will be equipped with the famous yellow Geiger-Müller counters (you can borrow it for free) which measures the radiation level constantly.
Additionally, you can get a respirator free of charge from us anytime while touring Chernobyl, in case you are afraid of radioactive particles during windy weather in the Chernobyl zone. The radioactive isotopes and radiation sources are sinking 1 cm/year into the soil, so the majority of the most radioactive particles have already had their half-life and they have turned into more stable and less radioactive, or even stable, isotopes. Comparing the radiation level in the Chernobyl exclusion zone today to the time of the Chernobyl accident, it is a mere fraction of the famous quote from Anatoliy Dyatlov in the Chernobyl series: “3,6 Roentgen. Not great, not terrible”. Besides the fact, the Roentgens became obsolete and we now use Sieverts instead to measure radiation, the average level of radiation in Pripyat nowadays is a thousand times lower and only three times the natural radiation background. Most of the places visited in the Chernobyl zone by the ChernobylX expedition contain radiation levels lower than natural, every day radiation – i.e. lower than in your living room.
Since 2008, when ChernobylX started organizing Chernobyl tours, there has been only one case that a visitor had his shoes contaminated and they could not be washed. So he left them in Chernobyl and went back to Kiev barefoot. Of course our first stop was a shoe store.
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days (some for up to 30 days): Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Vatican City, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Uruguay & Uzbekistan. If you are a citizen from a country not listed, you will not have a problem obtaining a tourist visa. Ukraine has issued electronic visas since 2018, the cost is 20-30 USD and they are eligible for treatment, activities in the field of culture, science, education, sports, and in order to perform official duties of a foreign correspondent or representative of a foreign media. In case you are asked for an invitation for your visa application, which is usually automatically issued by any of the Kyiv hotels upon booking, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you with your visa invitation in order to get you to Chernobyl.
Since the ChernobylX group tours to Chernobyl start and finish at the Kyiv central railway station, we suggest you book some accommodation near the railway station.
From here you also have a direct connection to the main Borispol airport via SkyBus or an airport shuttle train. Adventurers who are travelling with ChernobylX to Chernobyl can claim up to 25% discount at the newly open Ibis hotel next to the pickup place of ChernobylX or a 10% discount in a clean and more simple hotel called, FireInn, which is a 5 minute taxi ride from the pickup point. If you like, we can organize the transport for you from any of the Kyiv airports so – please do not hesitate to CONTACT US.
The commonly used names of Chernobyl and Kiev- the capital of Ukraine are a heritage of Soviet influence even in English or your mother tongue. All cities were called using the Russian language during the Soviet Union era, however, Ukraine is now an independent country with its own culture and language, that is slightly different to Russian. Chornobyl and Kyiv are the Ukrainian names for what we tend to call Chernobyl and Kiev.
You can buy souvenirs either in the Chernobyl zone - there is a vending machine with Chernobyl T-shirts, CHERNOwear souvenirs can be found in Chernobyl shops and the petrol station where we usually have a break on our journey from the Kyiv to Dityatky checkpoint. Please note, the souvenirs offered in Chernobyl are very limited.
We strongly recommend ordering quality t-shirts, hoodies, but also survival gadgets that you may find useful before your tour online at chernowear.com and we will deliver them on your tour. All are available in great quality, Chernobyl style, and all for an affordable price. Plus, you help Chernobyl babushkas, as 5% of the price goes directly to providing them with medication, groceries, or needed supplies (e.g. for winter). Thank you!
We recommend that you insure yourself for the trip to Ukraine. ChernobylX offers you Chernobyl travel insurance for free in the HERO package for your Chernobyl tour, as most international travel insurance might not cover the Chernobyl zone. A confirmation of your travel insurance is needed before entering the Chernobyl zone, and with the HERO package we will have all the insurance documents printed for you.
It takes time to get your Chernobyl permit issued, the rest is easy to manage for our team. To be sure, contact us at least 2 working days ahead of your planned Chernobyl tour date, so we can ensure the Chernobyl permits are issued on time. Our record is 2 hours, however you might not be that lucky :)
Transportation and safety are one of the pillars of the ChernobylX legacy in Chernobyl tourism. We run the Chernobyl group tour with our Mercedes Sprinter (2014+) that is equipped with comfortable seats, chargers, WiFi and A/C. The Chernobyl private tours are serviced (based on the number of tourists) by Mercedes Sprinters, Mercedes Vito (2012+), Toyota Landcruiser (2012+) and for a 90 €/day you can have an all inclusive Tesla model S.
For private tours to Chernobyl you are also welcome to use your own vehicles - bus, caravan, or car - and we will gladly apply a 90 €/day deduction from your Chernobyl tour price. No motorcycles or bikes allowed in Chernobyl, sorry.
With a group Chernobyl tour you jump on an approved tour program that adjusts to the needs and wants of every Chernobyl tourist on your bus. The storyline of your Chernobyl experience is pretty much fixed and the locations are flexibly added or removed from the itinerary based on the situation in the Chernobyl zone, e.g. how many other group tours to Chernobyl there are during a day.
The private Chernobyl tour is pushing the limits to the max. Private tours to Chernobyl compared to group tours are super flexible - from the pick up (at your address), throughout the whole visit to Chernobyl, and your Chernobyl guide will manage to show and tell you what is close to your heart. In order to be well prepared, feel free to adjust your Chernobyl program with any of our Customer care specialists, or even with your Chernobyl guide (have a call with your guide before the tour). If you feel rushed, no worries, the Chernobyl private tour can be adjusted at any moment during the tour. The Chernobyl locations you can visit and really cherish, not just peek inside, are almost limitless. Even the most famous ones like the ferris wheel or the swimming pool, Lazurny in Pripyat are much more attractive at times when there are no other tourists around.
Other perks of the private Chernobyl tour include:
- Booking a tour for the next day (tomorrow)
- Drive your own car to the zone and get a 90 €/day deduction from your tour price
- Take another 9 friends with you and you go FREE OF CHARGE
- Sunset or sunrise in Pripyat
- Special visits to: Spent fuel storage, Dogs of Chernobyl shelter, Fire Station etc.
- Visiting the Chernobyl Power Plant including the control room of reactor no. 4
- Evening talk over a beer with one of the liquidators
- Cooking with Chernobyl babushkas
- A camping site next to the Chernobyl zone is ready for you
- Fly a drone in Pripyat or the Duga radar
- Tesla S as your car on the tour - for only 90 €/day
- Fly a helicopter or drive a boat on the river Pripyat
The price of a ChernobylX tour covers all the costs for you to visit Chernobyl in the safest and most comfortable way possible. Chernobyl trip prices include permits to all 3 safety zones of Chernobyl, radiation safety control (at least twice a day), transportation (to/from Kyiv), accommodation (hostel or 2* hotel) directly in Chernobyl or in Slavutych (on more than a day tour), dining (optional and variable based on your package), professional English guide (note, there might be a surcharge for unplanned Spanish, German, French, Italian, Slovak, Polish and Czech languages), Geiger-Muller counter, respirator and Chernobyl newspapers. Some services like: obligatory insurance, free postcard service, t-shirt, seat choice, or lunch/dinner/full board are part of the HERO package only.
All prices are final, you will not pay any extra surcharges or services, there are no booking or cancellation fees and there is a 100% money back guarantee.
There are no more than 10 official Chernobyl tour providers (tour operators) granted a license to the Chernobyl exclusion zone and meeting all the conditions and requirements, with their very own guides. ChernobylX is one of them and we provide your Chernobyl tour program, permits, and insurance directly and all you need to do is check it before the tour starts by contacting us, or checking it out on the tour with the official papers needed to enter the Chernobyl zone at the checkpoint, Dityatky.
If you are looking for another, cheaper alternative, there is a high chance you will stumbled upon a Chernobyl tour reseller, which just sells you onto some official Chernobyl tour agency, with conditions you might not be aware of - without any refund possibility, meals, radiation checks, dosimeters or with a Russian speaking group which might be fun if you are a student of Russian language...but usually resulting in complaints and basically destroying the reputation of the Chernobyl tourism. The highest risk you may encounter is that your data - email, date of birth and passport details you are providing for obtaining the Chernobyl zone permits might be misused or sold to third parties. Please choose your Chernobyl tour provider carefully.
With ChernobylX, we solved your hunger once and for all. We offer a complete and healthy option of dining in Chernobyl. With the HERO package you have lunch (4 courses) included. Enjoyed in the famous Chernobyl power plant canteen, which is a great break of the hassle during the one day Chernobyl tour around Pripyat. With the 2 and more day private Chernobyl tours, we ensure you are covered with a breakfast at your Chernobyl hotel, and we will gladly organise a lunch and dinner in the zone - whether it is dining at the Chernobyl power plant, the Chernobyl hotel, or with the Chernobyl babushkas, which is included in the HERO package of your Chernobyl tour. Please report if you are vegetarian or have any food intolerances as we will take care of it and ensure you with healthy and delicious local food (with all groceries and vegetables supplied outside of the Chernobyl zone).
A dosimeter and a Geiger Muller counter are two gadgets you will need on your Chernobyl trip, and with ChernobylX, you will have them free of charge. A dosimeter is a device that measures ACCUMULATED radiation received on its chemical monitor (which is likely the same dose for your body), plus you will get one when entering the Chernobyl zone or on your Chernobyl Power Plant visit. However, the data can only be entered after your tour in a lab, thus you will know the amount of gamma radiation you had received in Chernobyl after several days (and only if you ask the lab, they will only contact you if you have exceeded a radiation dose limit). Thus, ChernobylX is the only Chernobyl travel agency equipping its fellow adventurers with a free Geiger Muller counter, where you can see ACTUAL levels of radiation to ensure your safety all the time (please note, there are 6-8 dosimeters per group available anytime). This way, we can not just measure Chernobyl radioactive hotspots, but make sure wherever you step, you know the safe level of radiation. The Geiger Muller counter also accumulates the radiation dose during the day, so you can have your dose recorded right after your Chernobyl tour.
Chernobyl babushkas (officially called Chernobyl self-settlers from Ukrainian samosely) are an essential part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone and most of them are Chernobyl liquidators, who (having participated in the liquidation works from 1986) are living a very simple life (e.g. without water supply, only wells), and they also love to be visited by Chernobyl tourists to have a little chat. There are around 100 of them still living in the Chernobyl zone, most of them in Chernobyl city, few in the villages of Teremci, Parishev, Opachichi, and Kupovate. By coming to Chernobyl, you are directly helping them as 1% of your tour price goes directly to buying medicaments, groceries, and necessary goods for them.
Video games want to convince us that the Chernobyl zone is full of paranormal activities or mutants. Not in reality. There are spotted and well documented mutations in the radioactive soil of plants, like the soybean project by Slovak scientist, Martin Hajdúch. Indeed, you might see slightly odd tree structures in Pripyat as well (although hard to tell how much of this is done by radiation).
In the past, shortly after the accident in Chernobyl, there were also mutations visible on animals, especially small ones like frogs or mice. Some Chernobyl studies were also conducted on fish and ferrets (unfinished). However, due to the Soviet Union collapse, it is very hard to track. For example here is one great source with a lot of citations on the Chernobyl animal mutations.
The Chernobyl zone is an area under a special regime, where radiation safety and Chernobyl power plant decommissioning works are the priorities. Not tourism. Your Chernobyl tour can be cancelled, shortened, and the Chernobyl tour program might be changed anytime. A total cancellation of the Chernobyl tour occurred to ChernobylX only once in 2012. We care deeply about your comfort and safety, so we will inform you and take immediate action if anything affects your Chernobyl tour, usually these are minor changes, not affecting the overall quality or outcome of your visit to Chernobyl.
In case of any changes, or cancellation, our customer care is there to help you, refunding or deferring your Chernobyl tour for your convenience.
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