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Japan travel warning - March 14, 2011

posted on 7:54 AM, March 15, 2011
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Tokyo and surrounding areas, as well as the prefectures of Chiba, Miyagi, Ibaraki, Iwate, Aomori and Fukushima (see regional warning below), due to damages caused by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. Sendai City, Fukushima City and Aomori City have been hardest hit.

Reports indicate that the earthquake caused extensive damage to infrastructure in the northeastern prefectures of the country. Power and telecommunications have been disrupted. Transportation routes, emergency and medical care, as well as water, food, and fuel supplies may also be affected. Canadians traveling to affected areas should contact their airline or tour operator to determine whether the situation will disrupt travel arrangements. They should also exercise caution, monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of local authorities.

The Tokyo region also experienced significant shaking. Travelers should be aware that transportation routes, power and telecommunications systems could be affected in some areas. Travel to and from Narita International Airport may be difficult.

Temporary rolling blackouts in Tokyo and neighbouring areas are occuring.

Canadians in need of assistance should visit our
Assistance for Canadians in Japan page.

Regional Travel Warning (Fukushima)

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel within 20 kilometres of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Japanese authorities indicate that the situation remains serious.

Following damage to the Fukushima nuclear power station in Okumacho, Canadians are strongly advised to follow the advice issued by the Japanese authorities. An evacuation order is in effect for the zone within 20km of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Japanese authorities recommend that people between 20km and 30km from the plant remain indoors with windows and doors closed and refrain from using ventilation systems.

Information on the status of nuclear facilities in Japan can be obtained on the websites of the
Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

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