Foreign travel advice

Japan

Summary

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

On 14 April 2016 a magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred in Kumamoto prefecture causing loss of life, damage to infrastructure and disruption to transport networks. This was followed by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on 15 April 2016. Strong aftershocks are expected to continue for at least a week. If you’re in or planning to visit the affected area, familiarise yourself with what to do in an earthquake and follow the advice of the local authorities.

The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Tropical cyclones

There may be some 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, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website. See Natural disasters

The Japanese government introduced a new residency system for foreign nationals in July 2012. See Local laws and customs

220,000 British nationals visited Japan in 2014. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.