FCO Travel Advice for - Japan

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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility identified by the Japanese authorities. See Fukushima.
  • There may be some continuing disruption to transport and other infrastructure in the parts of north-eastern Honshu most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Check with the local authorities or your travel company before you go.

  • There is a continuous risk of earthquakes and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Earthquakes and Tsunamis.

  • The typhoon season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. See Typhoons.

  • The Japanese government introduced a new residency system for foreign nationals in July 2012. See Local Laws and Customs.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

  • There is a low threat from terrorism.

  • 140,099 British nationals visited Japan in 2011. Most visits are trouble free. See Consular assistance statistics.