Travel Warnings After Japan's Earthquake

March 15, 2011

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Following are travel warnings from several countries following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


Austria maintained a partial travel advisory for Japan. It recommended all Austrians leave northeastern Japan and urged cancelling all trips to Japan that are not essential.

"All Austrians, especially families with children in the greater Tokyo/Yokohama area, are advised to consider leaving the country temporarily or leaving the area," the foreign ministry said on its website.


Britain's Foreign Office travel advice is unchanged from Monday/weekend. It has advised against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and the northeast of Japan.


Canada warned its citizens to avoid all travel within 20 km (12 miles) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and avoid non-essential travel to areas of northern Japan that were near the quake and hit by the subsequent tsunamis.

Canadians were also warned to "exercise a high degree of caution" in travelling to the Tokyo region because of damage suffered by its transport, power and telecommunication systems. The warning note said there would be rolling blackouts in the Tokyo area starting March 14.


Croatia recommended that citizens postpone any journeys to Japan. It advised Croatian citizens currently in Japan not to travel to the areas affected by the disaster and to remain in contact with the embassy in Tokyo for further notice.


Finland said on Tuesday all travel to Japan, especially to Tokyo and northeastern Japan, should be avoided. It urged families with children to consider leaving the area.


The French embassy in Tokyo urged its citizens in the Japanese capital to stay indoors and close their windows, saying a low-level radioactive wind could reach the city within 10 hours, based on current winds.

It had earlier strongly advised its nationals not to travel to Japan because of the high threats of aftershocks.


"Non-essential travel to Japan is inadvisable," the Foreign Ministry website says.


Dutch citizens in the Kanto region, including Tokyo, and areas to the north and north east of this region, should consider leaving this part of Japan temporarily, the Dutch foreign affairs ministry said on Monday. Non-essential travel to this region should be avoided, the ministry said, citing the incidents at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.


New Zealand's foreign ministry continues to advise avoiding all non-essential travel to Tokyo and the affected northeastern regions.


The Norwegian foreign ministry put out a bulletin on Tuesday advising against travel to Japan. Norwegian citizens were encouraged to follow the advice of local authorities and see updated information on the embassy in Tokyo's homepage. The warning highlighted the unresolved situation of nuclear power plants.


Non-essential embassy personnel and dependents are being sent home, the Philippines' ambassador to Tokyo, Manuel Lopez, said. Lopez said Filipinos in Japan who want to go home can do so, with the embassy helping them make arrangements for their flights home. "We can help them make arrangements with airlines, but we have no authority yet from the government to get them all out," he said.


Portugal foreign ministry's website has a travel recommendation saying that "all non-essential trips to Japan are inadvisable given the situation in the country".


Slovakia has recommended not to travel to affected regions in Japan and delay planned trips to other regions, including Tokyo.


Slovenia has warned its nationals not to travel to Japan unless necessary.

"We advise against any non-urgent travels to the troubled areas of Japan. To those Slovenian citizens that cannot postpone their travel to Japan, we advise extreme caution and additional checking of conditions in areas to which they are travelling," the foreign ministry said on its website.


The South Korean foreign ministry has issued a travel advisory for Japan. It advised against travel to the Fukushima area and other areas north of Tokyo.


Sweden on Tuesday put out a bulletin advising against any non-essential travel to Japan. The foreign ministry bulletin highlighted travel to Tokyo and northeastern Japan and expanded a previous recommendation cautioning against voyages to the Japanese prefectures hardest hit by the quake and tsunami.


The State Department urged US citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time and also requests all non-essential official US government personnel defer travel to Japan.