Nowadays there are people (still) living and working in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. A large part of the workforce (around 3000 people) is working in the closed nuclear power plant, with the majority of them taking part in construction of the new sarcophagus above Reactor 4. Some 2000 people are working in the operations (firemen, drivers, security, cooks etc.). The workers are working in a special schedule. Either they work 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, or they work 4 days on and 3 days off.
These measures are a result of the higher radiation risk in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Although the majority of the territory nowadays is having a normal level of radioactivity (as natural background), there are places with higher radioactivity. These places (e.g. the Red Forest, Yanov, some places in the city of Pripyat) are either avoided by the visitors or they stay there just for a small amount of time. A radiation dose received during one day in Chernobyl exclusion zone is on average 3-4 microsieverts (a safe amount is up to 100 microsieverts/day).
- Be at least 18 years old
- Get government permits (at least 14 days ahead)
Join a group tour or organize a private tour. The tour can be organized by official travel operators.
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