New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Safetravel Advisory - Travellers to Japan

Reviewed: 02 August 2013, 10:10 NZDT
Still current at: 05 August 2013

There is extreme risk associated with travel to Area 3 near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website. We advise against all travel to this area due to the risk of radiation.

There is high risk associated with travel to Areas 1 and 2 and the Deliberate Evacuation Area near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, as identified on the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area due to the potential risk of radiation.

There are no significant security issues elsewhere in Japan but normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.

Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant
On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused significant damage to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Clean-up operations are on-going at the power plant and radiation levels remain a concern in the areas outlined above.

New Zealanders in the vicinity of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are advised to follow any advice or instructions on precautionary or protective measures issued by the Japanese authorities.

Information regarding the safety of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and surrounding area is available on the Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet and International Atomic Energy Agency websites.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Japan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in Japan are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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