107 thousand tourists have already visited Chernobyl Exclusion Zone since the beginning of 2019. This was reported by the press service of the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone.
Reportedly, traffic growth has begun this spring. The number of tourists has increased due to simplification of the clearance procedure, namely the introduction of an electronic pass, the creation of additional infrastructure and increased interest in Chornobyl after the release of HBO’s mini-series "Chernobyl".
It is noted that the majority of visitors come from abroad - almost 80%. Chornobyl was visited by 15,738 citizens of Great Britain, Poland – 9,378, Germany – 7,826, USA – 5,580, Czech Republic – 4,063. Speaking on tourists from Ukraine, 22,468 citizens of Ukraine visited Chornobyl in 2019.
As we reported earlier, water routes in Chornobyl exclusion zone are open for the visitors and comply with all safety standards, said Head of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone of Ukraine Vitaliy Petruk following a conciliation meeting in Chornobyl and running along one of the recently approved water routes.
"Water routes in the exclusion zone are ready to host the visitors and meet all safety standards. The checkpoints are ready, dosimetric control and escort are provided," a press service quotes Petruk.