Is Chernobyl under quarantine? Not any more!


  • 18/06/2020
  • Helga

We got good news for all those adventurers who planned to visit Chernobyl in 2020. Since 1st of June 2020, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has opening its gates for the tourists with safety measures, but this time with a new one to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection.

We know that life will look different when cities and countries reopen. We already see signs of change that could become part of the new normal life for a long time. Are you afraid of the world after quarantine? We are not! In CHERNOBYLwel.come, facing difficulties means - to have opportunities - to gain new knowledge, to be stronger than yesterday and to develop yourself. This pandemia is not an exception!

Is it possible to travel to Ukraine during the Covid-19 pandemics?

Yes it is! From 1st of June 2020 Chernobyl opened its gates to the Ukrainian visitors, as the borders were closed. Later on, from 15th of June 2020 Ukraine opened the border for foreign travelers and resumed scheduled international flights. Therefore, you can now fly to Kyiv and visit Chernobyl, gaze at the glorious huge Duga radar from the cold war era, and walk around the abandoned city of Pripyat. But... Yes, there’s a “but”. An adaptive quarantine is still ongoing in Ukraine, and this also applies to the Exclusion Zone. Make sure,that the borders of other countries are open  and check quarantine rules on your flight back home from Ukraine.

What are the safety rules while visiting Chernobyl during pandemic times? 

Safety, safety and safety again - the slogan not only of our company, but of all the Chernobyl Zone. And of course, all the time, not only during pandemic times. What are the new rules on visiting the Chernobyl Zone and how will they be enforced?

Wearing face masks everywhere

Sorry, our dear travelers, but you won't see the beautiful smile of your tour guide and driver because of their face mask, but we hasten to tell you, we always smile no matter what! And you will see it in our eyes.

Coming to the Exclusion Zone you use a mask (including homemade mask) or respirator. We have one for you in case you forgot yours. Don't forget to cover your nose and mouth, and replace the mask every 3 hours.

Our buses will be equipped with a separate container with a lid and disposable plastic bags for a centralized collection and subsequent disposal of used personal protective equipment (masks, respirators, gloves).

Temperature Screening

Before entering the bus in Kiev, your tour guide will use a strange device like a Star Wars gun. No worries, it's for a temperature measurement by a non-contact method.

BANG, BANG” (or rather “BEEP – BEEP ”), a couple of seconds and you'll see your body temperature.  If it’s too high, we’ll say goodbye. Sorry. The same procedure will be at the Dityatky checkpoint. Persons with a temperature above 37.2 ° C and those with symptoms of respiratory diseases - are not allowed to visit. If such a person is found, the whole group is not allowed to enter the Zone. No worries, a full refund or a new date for your tour in the next days will be managed by us in no time.

Disinfection

At the entrance to the bus, we have arranged a place for hand disinfection with antiseptics.

At stops, our driver will ventilate the interior of the vehicle and wipe the surfaces with antiseptic. There will be quite a big distance between the driver and you, with the use of a physical barrier (the driver's cab will be isolated from the passengers cabin).

Even though our buses are spotless, after each visit to the Exclusion Zone, we clean our buses with detergents and disinfectants on all surfaces.

We’re prepared! Are you?

CHERNOBYLwel.come is closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus. For us the health and safety of our tourists have been our top priority since 2008. During a pandemic, we continue to take care of you, our brave travelers! 

That's why we focus now on private tours to make your trip safe as much as possible. You can arrange your private tour to the Chernobyl and Pripyat already today.

We have made the best possible preparation for our tours.

To sum it up, during the pandemic all our tours will be provided with:

  • non-contact temperature screening
  • protective masks, gloves and antiseptic FOR FREE
  • groups - no more than 15 people
  • distance between passengers
  • disinfected, safe buses

Before starting the tour, your guide will conduct training on the rules for using personal protective equipment, their disposal, inform about the location of antiseptics in the bus, and monitor compliance with these rules.

And don’t forget please...

If you suspect that you are carrying the infection, stay at home, inform others who may have been infected, as well as the health service. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to refund or reschedule your tour in such a case. Thank you for your understanding.

STAY SAFE TRAVELERS, AND SEE YOU IN CHERNOBYL.