Chernobyl was an industrial town prepared to generate nuclear power to serve Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and until 1986 having 4 complete operational reactors, but already preparing another 2 more advanced to maybe substitute the unstable RBMK models previously created.

The project was made in Russia and was very unique, however extremely unstable and dangerous, since many of those reactors uses plutonium as main combustible.

In April 1986 the lack of control and awareness about this model created the worst nuclear accident in the World after the explosion of the Reactor Nr4, changing millions of lives.

Years after the accident, still Ukraine kept the power plants operating and producing energy, however after external influence and negotiations, the last Reactor was shutdown and all radioactive cells were removed, leaving those reactors as a mere object of study.

Soviet Wonders created a special 2 days tour, that upon request, we can add a reactor visit that takes about 1 hour inside those RBMK models. Another unique experience to sum over your chernobyl tour !

Great news for Aussies and Kiwis!

Now you can enter Ukraine without a proper visa! You can get one from 20 Euros (510 Ukrainian Hryvna) at the border!

NOTE THAT: If you arrive in Borispol Airport after 19:00 (7PM) and specially weekends you might have trouble to get a visa, at least this is the recent experience ! So try to find flights arriving during daytime, that’s our advice so far, even if it’s not an official information. The visa office have been closed around 7:30PM and re-opens next day around 9AM, however holidays or some weekends, the officials are not coming to work :/

Attention:

This short term (15 days) visa can be issued only at 3 border crosses: Borispol Airport in Kiev (KBP), Port and Airport in Odessa.

Looks like it is NOT POSSIBLE yet to issue the visa in Kiev Zhuliany Airport (IEV), so be careful booking your flights!

And now some official statements:

According to the decision of the Government of Ukraine on March 2, 2016 citizens of Australia and New Zealand traveling to Ukraine for tourism have the ability to issue permission to enter Ukraine (single entry visa) at checkpoints across the State Border of Ukraine (Kyiv Airport (Boryspil), Odessa Airport and Odessa Sea Port) for up to 15 days in case of the documents proving the tourist nature of the trip (hotel booking, excursion booking, travel voucher or contract for the provision of tourist services).

Payment for this permission to enter Ukraine (single entry visa) is 510 Ukrainian hryvna (20 Euros).