Advice for British nationals who wish to remain in affected areas north east of Tokyo

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

We no longer advise against all but essential travel to Tokyo. However, we continue to advise against all but essential travel to those areas north east of Tokyo most directly affected by the earthquake and the tsunami.

These areas continue to suffer disruptions to residential, business and transport infrastructure and you may wish to consult local contacts before travelling.

British nationals residing in or visiting Tokyo and the area north east of Tokyo should follow the precautionary measures set out in our travel advice, should radiation levels increase in any significant way.

These include following the advice of the Japanese authorities, taking care with food and water, and in certain circumstances, taking shelter or taking iodine tablets. It also advises on the availability of iodine tablets from the British Embassy in Tokyo.

In the case of reports of contamination of food or water supplies, we advise British nationals to follow the advice of the relevant Japanese authorities.

There continues to be a risk of aftershocks and tsunamis throughout Japan. Please continue to follow the advice of the Japanese authorities.

Latest update

On 11 April, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir John Beddington presented the latest assessment by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on the situation at the Fukushima nuclear facility.

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