Tour operators say that demand for visit of this territory grew after demonstration of the first series of the movie from HBO. The number of tourists in 2019 can exceed 100 thousand people Tourists in the territory of the Chernobyl NPP. Photo: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters the Chernobyl tourism grows because of success of series from HBO. Tour operators state that after the first series of Chernobyl demand for tours in an exclusion zone jumped up. To go how much is to Pripyat and whether Russians can make it taking into account that the Security Service of Ukraine forbade tourists to drive from Russia on the territory of the Chernobyl area? So-called Chernobyl tourism arose in the early nineties. At first it were single tourists thrill-seekers who were taken in the closed zone illegally. The mass and organized phenomenon such tourism became about ten years ago. From 2014 to 2016 the number of tourists annually doubled. Last year there arrived about 70 thousand people. This year "on traces" series of HBO the number of tourists can pass for 100 thousand. About 20% are made by Ukrainians. From foreigners on the first place Poles, then the British, Americans and Dutches. Till 2014 Russians there was about a half, today — units. A year ago the Security Service of Ukraine officially forbade Russians to drive on the territory of the Chernobyl exclusion zone because of recognition of Russia by the "terrorist" country. As to Russians after all to look at an exclusion zone, the president of Association of the Chernobyl tourism Sergey Mirnyi explains. — restrictions for entrance in general of certain categories of Russians Affect Ukraine. But even those Russians who in Ukraine are legally have problems with admission in a zone now. We work on it to lift a limit that if the citizen of Russia legally is in Ukraine, it had no problems with entrance to a zone because it is simply inadequate. — And in principle the relations of Russia and Ukraine somehow affect excursions? — What there to affect? It is necessary to show all, regardless of nationality, just to see, than political nonsenses can come to an end. We have absolutely normal relations. Russians who with us go to a zone, absolutely adequate people too. On Tuesday, June 4 when the last series was not shown yet, since morning phones do not cease, and it proceeds the third day. Tomorrow we present a tour under the name "Heroes of a Location of Series". To a press tour we will go with participants of these events, with the operator of the fourth power unit, with one of heads during accident, there will go with us also the announcer of the Pripyat radio who read the announcement of evacuation. If visit of the Ukrainian exclusion zone can raise questions, then there are no problems with the Belarusian zone where in the territory of the Polesia radiation and ecological reserve nearly 100 left settlements are located. Scientists were struck when 30 years later in the poisoned forests bisons, bears and lynxes appeared. It turned out that radiation is not so terrible to the wild nature as the neighbourhood with the person. And Ukrainian,
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