Was it organized by an Ukrainian tour or a Western Europe tour? I read that Ukrainian agencies were cheaper, but with much less security concerns... For example, Western Europe agencies recommend to throw away your shoes and clothes after you visited the zone, and even your camera!
It was arranged with a Ukrainian tour operator, with a Ukrainian guy driving on Lithuanian plates (our car for the day was a Lithuanian Superb
). Price was oké, it was a private tour (all documents were arranged by them) for max. two persons. They picked me up and returned me from/to the hotel in Kiev, including a guided tour with a local person who seemed to know a lot about the area. Too bad that my Russian is still bad, and so was his English
. There were some security checks, but it was not very thorough. The leaflets I got were quite straight-forward though, as in to keep away from particular objects, don't touch everything, and make sure you don't take anything with you. And most of all: It's at your own risk. I read about throwing away stuff too, but that was not the case at all. You just make sure you get rid of any dirt on your shoes before leaving the area, and that nothing fell into your pockets or whatever and you're good to go.
Do you see old cars in Chernobyl? When I was there, I found old truck crane near Fire Station and don't seen licence plates on cars. But when I coming back home, and uploaded photos, some users of our site seen USSR licence plate here...My topic on forum . Some pictures is not avalible now..
I saw only one (old) car, and a few buses, trucks and cranes in and around Chernobyl and Pripyat. I could not find any vehicle with plates, although I haven't been on the roof of the fire department building. I was told to not go up there, probably due to safety reasons, but I think that some of the vehicles located there might still have their plates.