Factbox: Travel warnings after Japan's earthquake

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:06 AM
Factbox: Travel warnings after Japan's earthquake

(Reuters) - Following are travel warnings from several countries following an earthquake and tsunami and subsequent crisis at a nuclear power complex.

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-- The government said it had decided not to upgrade travel warnings advising Australians to 'reconsider your need to travel' to Japan, based on advice from nuclear safety experts.

"We asked specifically of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency yesterday whether any further adjustment to our own travel advisory concerning that 20 kilometer radius should be made. They advised that, based on information to hand, such an adjustment was not necessary at this time," Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said there were no plans to run radiation exposure checks on those returning from Japan.


-- Britain's Foreign Office advised against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and the northeast of Japan.

-- "Our advice is people should take their lead from the Japanese authorities," Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne told Sky News. "The Foreign Office travel advice is not to go to that part of Japan in any case unless you have an extremely compelling reason for doing so."


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

-- Canadians were also warned to "exercise a high degree of caution" in traveling to the Tokyo region because of damage suffered by its transportation, power and telecommunication systems.


-- 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.

* FRANCE: The French embassy in Tokyo urged its citizens in Tokyo to leave the country or head to southern Japan. It said it had asked Air France to mobilize planes for the evacuation of French nationals from Japan, and two were already on their way.


-- The foreign ministry advised Germans to consider if their travel to the Yokohama/Tokyo region was necessary.

-- "Given the current situation, the foreign ministry warns against staying in the crisis region and advises all Germans near nuclear plants or in the greater Tokyo/Yokohama area to consider whether staying in Japan is necessary," it said on its website.


-- Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to advise avoiding all non-essential travel to Tokyo and the affected north-east regions.

* "There is a high risk to your safety in prefectures in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami and we advise against all tourist and non-essential travel to those affected areas in the north east of Japan until the situation becomes clear," the New Zealand embassy in Tokyo said on its website.


-- 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 traveling," 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.


-- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued its highest level of warning for 13 Japanese prefectures in view of potential widespread radiation release.


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