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How do I go about visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat?

You will need to book a tour with a company like us. It’s impossible to enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone without a permit while keeping it legal. Make sure to avoid shady illegal tours. As your first step, we suggest that you contact us with your questions, and we will be happy to assist you with virtually all aspects of your trip to Ukraine and Chernobyl.

Is it safe to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat?

It is now safe to visit Pripyat and Chernobyl. Our groups are led by certified tour guides who take our guests along safe, certified and monitored routs. The radiation dose tourists obtain is really limited. You will be fine as long as you adhere to the tour rules set by the Zone administration.

Are your tours official?

They absolutely are. We do our Chernobyl-Pripyat tours in direct cooperation with the Chernobyl Exclusion zone administration. Our groups are lead by tour guides certified by the Zone administration. They will take you along safe routs only. Beware of shady, unofficial tours. It’s illegal in Ukraine to enter the Zone with no official permit and the legal ramifications of not doing so are rather painful.

Who can visit the Chernobyl-Pripyat Exclusion Zone?

Anyone who is 18 y.o. and over. Chernobyl tours are not recommended for pregnant women though. Those in really poor health should check with their doctor first to see if they will be able to handle this activity. The good news is that although this tour is an outdoor activity you can still spend most or even the entire day inside our tour vehicle. If you are handicapped, bringing a light wheelchair is ok with us in most cases – just make sure to double-check with us first. Hearing impaired guests are welcome too. Needles to say that you are expected to adhere to the Chernobyl Zone visiting rules set by the Zone administration.

Do I need to book my Chernobyl tour in advance?

It is an absolute imperative to book in advance. If you do not, you risk to be left with no spot on this tour. There is no such thing as last minute booking on the Chernobyl tour.

How to book a spot on this tour?

Check the Chernobyl tour calendar webpage. Select a date and see availability. Then complete the form and send us your booking request. Make sure to select the type of your tour (regular group, small group, semi-private, or private tour) and its duration (1- or more-day tour). Also indicate if you wish to add a Chernobyl power plant visiting option to your tour. It’s also important that you provide your accurate contact details as requested in the form. We will get back to you with a confirmation within a few hours or the latest within 24 hours.

What kind of group/tour should I join?

It is strongly recommended to avoid large (coach bus) groups. As an alternative you can book a spot on a small-group, semi-private, or even private tour. In terms of the length of your tour, you can chose a day tour or opt for a multi-day tour (2-, 3-, 4-, 5-day tour). Two-day Chernobyl tours are pretty popular: you spend one night inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - hotel is included. So are two meals per day. If you are a photographer, you might want to consider a 3- or more day tour.

How much is a spot?

The tour rate is actually a function of several parameters: the date and day of the week, size of the group you join, guiding language, number of persons in your party, availability of discounts, etc. It’s safe to say that one can get on a Chernobyl tour for under a hundred of dollars. But spots on semi-private and private tours will be more expensive. Anyway, the best way of getting the best deal is to contact us first.

How can I pay for my spot on the tour?

You can prepay/book your spot(s) on the tour online or over the phone by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover) or by PayPal. We also offer SEPA bank transfers for the Euro zone and the United Kingdom. You do not have to pay the entire amount upfront. All we need for the starters is a small tour deposit - we are really flexible. The following currencies are accepted: EUR, GBP, USD, PLN, CAD, as well as some other currencies. Book with confidence.

Do I need a valid passport to be able to go on a Chernobyl trip?

Yes, you will need a valid travel passport to be able to first book a spot on a tour and then enter the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone identifying yourself with exactly the same passport. Let alone you will need this document to enter Ukraine, in the first place. Good news is that you do not necessarily have to provide your passport details right at the moment of booking. It can be done later on.

Can I take photos or shoot video on the Chernobyl-Pripyat tour?

Yes, absolutely. No special permits are required. Just COME and SHOOT! Anywhere inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone and inside of the ChNPP (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant). Check with us about a drone permit if interested.



$89 / 79€ / £69
and up


  • Budget-friendly alternative
  • Fast pace, intense Chernobyl zone experience
  • A few hours in Pripyat
  • All-inclusive
  • Lunch included
  • Knowledgeable, intense tour guiding
  • English guiding; other languages optional

$179 / 149€ / £139
and up


  • Much more time spent inside the Chernobyl Zone
  • One or more night(s) at the local hotel included
  • Extensive exploration of the ghost town of Pripyat, complete tour experience
  • All-inclusive
  • Two meals a day
  • Small groups

$ / € / £ (contact us)
and up


  • Your selection of the tour date.
  • Tour itinerary customization
  • Explore Chernobyl and Pripyat at your own peace
  • Full attention of your tour guide
  • Request the language of your guiding. (English is default.)
  • Secret, obscure places of the Chernobyl-Pripyat Exclusion Zone to visit
  • Less lines, more time for exploration
  • Perfect for photographers, (video) bloggers, etc.

$149 / 125€ / £115
and up


  • Offered as an add-on to Chernobyl Zone tours and best fits a multi-day tour
  • Enter real ChNPP (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant) Control Rooms
  • Several ChNPP visiting options to choose from
  • Incredibly tense minutes inside the ChNPP Block 4 Control Room
  • Take unique pictures and video inside the iconic premises where the nuclear disaster happened in 1986

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