It is understandable that thoughts of resorts and sightseeing don't spring to mind when one thinks of Chernobyl. However, this formerly condemned destination is now officially on its way to becoming an approved tourist attraction. Chernobyl is best known for being the place where the worst nuclear disaster in history took place. The ghost town may be about to turn into a tourism hot spot with a little help from government officials. The Ukrainian president has officially signed a decree opening up the area to tourists. In fact, a ceremony inaugurating a new metal dome that encases the site's destroyed reactor just took place.

What can tourists do when they visit Chernobyl in the future? There are plans to add walking trails and waterways. In addition, the filming restrictions that have been in place for a long time are going to be lifted. We also know efforts are being made to improve phone reception in and around Chernobyl. Ukrainian officials would like to create a green corridor that will welcome tourists.

Chernobyl has been one of the most infamous spots on the globe ever since a reactor exploded there back in April of 1986. Close to 50,000 acres of land were impacted by plumes of highly radioactive material. The explosion resulted in death, hospitalization and long-term health issues for the local population. An exclusion zone covering 18 miles was put in place around the reactor. In addition, more than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate.

There has been an increase in the number of people visiting the Chernobyl site in recent months thanks to a popular HBO program of the same name. Visitors have been posting photos of the eerie and forgotten place on social media. However, some have been criticized for posting selfies from a location where a horrible tragedy occurred.

Is it really safe to visit Chernobyl? Radiation is still present. However, a day tour of the exclusion zone will expose you to roughly the same amount of radiation that you might be exposed to during a flight. It is still recommended that you only visit with a tour guide to ensure that you stay in safe areas. On top of that, visitors should make an effort to abstain from taking selfies or other photos that could diminish the gravity of what took place at Chernobyl.

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