Indonesia warns against non-essential travel to Japan
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, March 16, 2011
FOLLOWING explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued yesterday a four-point travel advisory for its citizens.
Indonesians in Japan and those travelling there for important matters should always communicate with the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo or with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta for status updates.
Those who must travel to Japan should avoid areas badly impacted by the earthquake and tsunami, such as Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima and Ibaraki.
Indonesians who are in Japan must note and obey the Japanese government’s advice.
They should also closely monitor the latest developments, especially announcements made by the Japanese government, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its embassy in Tokyo.
Avia Tour outbound manager Waluyo Setiono said: “With the nuclear plant explosion, travellers were already concerned about going to Japan even before the advisory was issued. In fact, some have diverted travel to other countries.”
Dwidaya Tours managing director Effendy Dharmawan said: “The advisory is good in the sense that travellers now have a reliable source to get updates on the situation rather than us having to get information from here and there for them.”