Is it possible to visit Chernobyl on your own?

There are three ways to get to the abandoned territory yourself: on your own, with the help of the stalkers, who bring extreme lovers illegally, or with the help of the trained and licensed tour operators. They provide group and individual legal trips to Chernobyl.

In the first case, you should take care of border crossing and passage cards by yourself.  In the second case, the same thing is waiting for you, but the one pros is that you will be with the person who knows the area.  Lone guides often take tourists illegally. Therefore, besides the stalker romance, you run the risk to get into trouble and pay a fine for illegal entry.

In the third case, you get perfect organization from experienced guides, an official entry permit, a guarantee of safety and access to all the guides’ knowledge with a stalker past. This Chernobyl tour goes through the most breathtaking routes with visiting cult places and locations.

Is it possible to visit Chernobyl on your own?

To organize travel on your own is difficult without a guarantee of entry

More than a thousand residents live in Chernobyl on a permanent basis – they are mostly self-settlers and administration staff who control the remaining facilities. In contrast, Pripyat is a deserted town, although an excursion to Pripyat is also in demand among tourists and it is always included in the route. Border troops and law enforcement officers regularly patrol the closed to the rest of the world territory.

Eager visitors can come to the closed area on their own.

You will hardly be able to visit Chernobyl, but it is quite possible to walk through the abandoned and overgrown streets of Pripyat and the surrounding area. Nevertheless, is this walk worth the risks of irradiated objects?

Illegal crossing of the borders of the closed zone threatens with serious troubles. The Increase of patrolling and security is a consequence of frequent cases of looting: violators take out contaminated metal for resale.

Trips to Chernobyl and Pripyat: guided tour with a tour operator

Legal Chernobyl is always a trip with a tour operator and experienced guides. You can choose the appropriate dates and travel format – in a group with other tourists or a private tour only with your friends. The trip may last from one to five days. If you are planning to stay here longer than one day, you can spend the night in one of the hotels or hostels.

The trip is absolutely safe – the guides have been here dozens of times and thoroughly know the whole area, objects, houses, etc. The uneven distribution of radiation emissions can be dangerous if you visit Chernobyl by yourself. Tour to Chernobyl with an experienced guide is always more profitable and more expedient, because you will receive an individual dosimeter and will only walk in clean, safe locations.

A legal visit requires a minimum of effort and time from you – you just need to submit your data to the manager, who will issue a pass card, and take the document with you directly on the trip. Choose a suitable tour and departure date and a professional tour operator will guide you through the most interesting places in the zone.

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