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Japan Travel Advisories

Below are travel warnings of several countries succeeding the destructive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which weakened the Fukushima atomic power plant, inducing explosions and transmitting radiation into the air.

 

AUSTRIA: Austria upheld a partial travel advisory for Japan. It urged all Austrians to leave northeast Japan and advocated calling off all trips to Japan that are not necessary.

 

"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 articulated on its website.

 

BANGLADESH: Bangladesh has instructed its mission in Tokyo to relocate its citizens to a securer position free from radiation, the government ordered on Tuesday.

 

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni called for for their temporary relocation, officials said, adding that perhaps the embassy will be transferred to a southerly Japanese city such as Hiroshima or Nagasaki, which are risk-free from radiation as per Japan\'s announcement.

 

BRITAIN: Britain\'s Foreign Office travel advice is unchanged from the initial announcement. It has gave notice against all inessential travel to Tokyo and the northeast of Japan.

 

CANADA: Canada warned its citizens to avoid all travel inside twenty km (twelve miles) from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and avoid inessential travel to areas of northerly Japan that were near the earthquake and hit by the succeeding tsunamis.

 

Canadians were also warned to "exercise a high degree of caution" in visiting the Tokyo area because of impairment suffered by its transport, power and telecom systems. The cautionary note stated there would be rolling blackouts in the Tokyo region beginning March fourteen.

 

CROATIA: Croatia suggested that citizens put off any travels to Japan. It notified Croatian citizens currently in Japan not to visit the regions stricken by the tragedy and to remain in contact with the embassy in Tokyo for more information.

 

FINLAND: Finland stated on Tuesday all travel to Japan, particularly to Tokyo and northeasterly Japan, should be avoided. It recommended households with children to consider leaving the area.

 

FRANCE: The French embassy in Tokyo suggested its citizens in the capital of Japan to remain inside and close their windows, alleging a low-level radioactive wind could reach the metropolis inside 10 hours, supported by current wind direction.

 

It had earlier strongly advised its nationals not to move around Japan because of the eminent threats of aftershocks.

 

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

 

ITALY:  The Italian foreign ministry said Italian nationals were advised to depart Japan, at least temporarily. It said its crisis unit was hashing out contingency plans with Alitalia to provide additional flights whenever existing capacity were insufficient to meet demand.

 

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry is advising its citizens not to travel to the Kantei region, including Tokyo, and areas to the north and northeast, and to exit this region of Japan if they\'re there currently.

 

NEW ZEALAND:  New Zealand\'s foreign ministry proceeds to advise avoiding all unessential travel to Tokyo and the affected northeasterly areas.

 

NORWAY: The Norwegian foreign ministry put out a bulletin on Tuesday notifying against travel to Japan. Norwegian citizens were encouraged to abide by the advice of local government and see updated info on the embassy in Tokyo\'s homepage. The warning highlighted the unsolved situation of nuclear power plants.

 

PHILIPPINES:  Non-essential embassy personnel and dependents are being sent home, the Philippines\' ambassador to Tokyo, Manuel Lopez, said. Lopez said Filipinos in Japan who prefer to head home can do so, with the embassy facilitating  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.

 

POLAND: The Polish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement urging Polish citizens to avoid all unnecessary travel to Japan now.

 

PORTUGAL: 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."

 

SERBIA: Serbia called on Tuesday all country\'s nationals to leave Japan on regular flights, or get hold of the embassy in Tokyo and follow local emergency routines.

 

SLOVAKIA: Slovakia has recommended citizens not to travel to affected regions in Japan and delay planned travels to other regions, including Tokyo.

 

SLOVENIA: Slovenia has warned its nationals not to travel to Japan unless essential.

 

"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.

 

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

 

SWEDEN: Sweden on Tuesday put out a bulletin advising against any non-essential travel to Japan. The foreign ministry bulletin highlighted travel to Tokyo and northeasterly Japan and added to a former recommendation cautioning against voyages to the Japanese prefectures strongest hit by the quake and tsunami.

 

SWITZERLAND: Switzerland has issued an advisory for Japan, advising against all traveling to the northeast as well as to the prefectures of Nagano and Niigata. The Foreign Ministry also advises against all tourist and unessential journeys to Japan as a whole and urges all Swiss nationals to temporarily leave the crisis regions in the north-east of Japan as well as the wider Tokyo Yokohama area.

 

UNITED STATES: The State Department urged U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and unessential travel to Japan at this time and also requests all unessential official U.S. government personnel put off travel to Japan.