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Updated Foreign Office Travel Advice for Japan

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

UK Nationals are warned against travel to Japan

The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Tokyo and north east Japan given the damage caused by the 11 March earthquake, the resulting aftershocks and the tsunami. Due to the evolving situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility and potential disruptions to the supply of goods, transport, communications, power and other infrastructure, British nationals currently in Tokyo and to the north of Tokyo should consider leaving the area.

The most recent advice from the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser remains that there is currently no real human health issue for those outside the exclusion zone set up by the Japanese authorities. This advice is kept under constant review.  

Even in these worst cases, it considers that the risks to human health beyond a radius of 80km from the Fukushima nuclear power plant could be managed by precautionary measures, in particular staying indoors to avoid exposure.

The Foreign Office urges British nationals to observe the advice being given by Japanese authorities. The Japanese Government has put in place an exclusion zone of 20km around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which must be observed. As an additional precautionary measure, British nationals are advised to remain outside an 80km radius of the Fukushima nuclear facility. This is in line with the advice issued by the US Government to its citizens.

Any British nationals currently within 80km of the facility are advised to leave the area or take shelter indoors if they are unable to travel and to contact the Foreign Office Japan emergency hotline on +44 20 7008 0000 to ensure the Foreign Office are aware of your location.

Keep listening to local media for real time information and monitoring FCO travel advice for further updates.

For more information please visit the Foreign Office’s website.