Chernobyl could be about to be transformed into an 'official tourist destination' as authorities are looking to open the exclusion zone to more visitors.
Currently although it is possible to visit the exclusion zone, tourists must be part of guided tours and there are, unsurprisingly, very strict rules and regulations.
However it looks like the abandoned town, which was the site of the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, could become a new tourist hotspot in coming years.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant itself is located in Ukraine in the village of Pripyat, approximately a two hour-drive north of capital Kiev.
According to the BBC , President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on Wednesday setting out new plans for the abandoned town.
The President said: "We must give this territory of Ukraine a new life. Until now, Chernobyl was a negative part of Ukraine's brand. It's time to change it."
The new offerings could include dedicated walking trails and enhanced mobile phone reception.
Because it's been abandoned for so long, the exclusion zone also boasts some pretty impressive wildlife too.
Of course it's worth noting that Chernobyl and the area around it is still suffering from high levels of radiation, so visitors who do venture there are obligated to follow the strict rules and regulations laid out by the Ukraine government. (Failing to do so can result in hefty fines or even potential prison time).
So is it safe to visit Chernobyl ?
Well, the areas surrounding Chernobyl, dubbed the 'Exclusion Zone', have been open to tourists since 2011.
To visit you must be part of a licenced, guided tour to visit, not only because of the radioactivity but also because there are some derelict areas which can be dangerous if you don't know your way around.
It's worth noting that there are still plenty of items and buildings which can be highly contaminated – in fact, authorities have made it illegal to bring back any 'artifacts' from the area (including toys and old photos found on walks).
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