For many years, the possibility to visit the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant with the extended excursion program was only available mostly for a small number of technical specialists. And now, starting from September 2019, the State Specialized Enterprise “Chornobyl NPP” has begun to allow visits to such absolutely unique places as the reactor hall of the Unit 3 and the Unit 4 Control room (UCR 4)! It is truly a great opportunity to see such special places with your own eyes and even take pictures.
The ChNPP is now undergoing the second phase of decommissioning and, according to the plan, the entire station will be dismantled at the end of stage 4, and the site will be cleaned up. Although the process will be completed in approximately 2065, it is hard to tell, when comes the turn of such places as the Control room of Unit 4. So it can really be a lifetime opportunity to see these one-of-a-kind historic places, which may soon cease to exist.
On your ChNPP tour you will be guided by the people, who have dedicated their lives to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant and worked there for many years.
Under the safety regulations of the SSE CHNPP, during your visit to the Chernbobyl Nuclear Power Plant you can only carry with you the necessary items, such as passports, cell phones, Geiger counters and cameras. Please bear in mind, that any explosive, sharp objects, keys, cigarettes, lighters, and so on, are prohibited.
Itinerary for a BASIC PLUS visit to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
- 11:00 a.m. – Meeting in front of the Administrative building of the Chernobyl Station with a guide from the SSE CHNPP, who checks passports, provides personal radiation recorders, the admittance card, explains the rules, etc.;
- 11:15 a.m. – Obligatory body radiation check on special equipment (required for everyone going into the control room of the reactor 4);
- 12:00 p.m. – Traveling by bus on the other side of the ChNPP, to the observation pavilion, where you will see the unique, detailed mock-up of the destroyed reactor and the New Safe Confinement (the Shelter). Photo shooting of the New Safe Confinement – the gigantic protective structure, which covers the destroyed reactor 4;
- 1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch in the canteen of the Chernobyl NPP;
- 2:00 p.m. – By bus you drive to the main building of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. Passport security check;
- 2:15 p.m. – A brief history of the Chernobyl NPP;
- 2:30 p.m. – You put on a personal protective equipment (overalls, shoe covers, breathing protection equipment) and start your tour inside the ChNPP, where you will see:
- Golden corridor;
- Control room of reactors 2 or 3;
- Main circulating pumps hall of the reactor 3;
- Valerii Khodemchuk memorial;
- Control room of the reactor 4;
- Reactor hall of the unit 3 ;
- Underground shelter room of the ChNPP
- 3:45 p.m. – On your way back you take off special clothes and pass the security check;
- 4:15 p.m. – Obligatory body and personal belongings radiation check on a special equipment;
- 4:30 p.m. – The end of the visit to the ChNPP.
If you want to book an extended tour to the Chernobyl Nucklear Power Plant (Basic Plus program) or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, phone or my social media pages.