The Foreign Office continues to advise against non-essential travel to Tokyo

The Foreign Office advice still remains the same on travel to Tokyo and northeast Japan. It has been revealed that more than 500 Britons in this area have been given iodine tablets to counteract the effects of radiation leaking from the country’s crippled nuclear facility.

The Foreign Office has issued the following advice:

  • We advise against all but essential travel to Tokyo and north east Japan given the damage caused by the 11 March earthquake, the resulting aftershocks and the tsunami.
  • Due to the evolving situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility and potential disruptions to the supply of goods, transport, communications, power and other infrastructure, British nationals currently in Tokyo and to the north of Tokyo should consider leaving the area.
  • At present this advice does not apply to Hokkaido due to its significant distance north of Fukushima.  We will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Those who choose not to leave Tokyo and the area north of Tokyo should consult the section below.  This sets out precautionary advice on measures to be taken, should radiation levels increase in any significant way.  These include taking shelter, assessment of water and food, and taking iodine tablets.  It also includes details of distribution points for iodine tablets to British nationals and their dependents in Tokyo from 19-22 March.