To Date No Flight Restrictions In And Out Of Japan Airports


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To Date No Flight Restrictions In And Out Of Japan Airports

By Mike Mitchell

March 22, 2011 - At the present time there are no restrictions to normal air transport operations at Japan’s major airports, including both Haneda and Narita, as reported by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Maritime Organization (IMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

On Monday smoke had billow from reactors 2 and 3 nuclear safety agency officials said it was unclear the cause, workers were evaluated from the area. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said units 1, 2 and 3 have all seen damage to their reactor cores, but the containment structures are holding.

Although not recommended by the UN organizations, several states are implementing screening programs for passengers and flights from Japan. As these measures are not being coordinated among governments. The damage thus far is in the estimates of over $2 billion and the death toll is expected to surpass 20,000. This has been the worst crisis since World War II. 

“Safety is our number one priority. If it is not safe, we won’t fly. The joint statement by the five most authoritative United Nations (UN) organizations on air transport, nuclear energy, shipping, health and weather confirms that it is safe to operate in Japan,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  

On Friday Star Flyer Inc., a Japanese airline headquartered on the grounds of Kitakyushu Airport in Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture has reported that I have canceled flights as two foreign pilots have refused to come back to work in Japan following last week's devastating earthquake. 

“The combination of crises impacting Japan today is unprecedented. But global standards and best practices exist to protect the safety of all concerned. We must follow the joint advice of these authoritative global bodies to provide the best advice to the industry, its employees, travelers and shippers. The situation is evolving quickly and is being constantly monitored. Today the advice is that normal operations are possible. If the advice changes, the industry will comply and transparently keep all informed of the developments,” said Bisignani. Measures Imposed by Governments for Flights and Passengers to and from Japan:

Argentina - The Foreign Ministry designed various alternatives to help the Argentine citizens who are affected in the emergency zone by the situation.  The plans include moving to other parts of Japan or nearby countries.  Source: Foreign Ministry – Argentina 


Australia - The Department of Health and Ageing and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has issued the following advice on exposure to radiation arising from nuclear incidents in Japan, based on information from Japanese authorities. Australians returning home from Japan are highly unlikely to be contaminated or exposed to significant radiation and will not require checks for radioactivity. However, if people wish to seek medical advice they should contact their local GP. Source:

Chinese Taipei - Media report that iradiation detectors have been installed at the airport.

Germany - The Federal Foreign Office is warning against visits to the north-east of Honshu Island. Travelers are currently advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Japan. The German Embassy in Tokyo has transferred to Osaka-Kobe for the time being. The Federal Foreign Office recommends that all Germans in the region around the Fukushima nuclear power plants and in the Tokyo/Yokohama area move to Osaka for the time being or leave the country via Osaka. The Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate-General in Osaka have set up a consular team which is operating at Osaka-Kobe station (Shin-Ōsaka) as well as at Kansai International Airport in Osaka-Kobe. France - The French Government does not recommend traveling to Japan. Source:

Hong Kong SAR, China - A health desk was set up at for passengers arriving from Japan. Passengers may approach the health desk for services if they do not feel well, particularly those who have stayed in the northeastern part of Honshu, Japan, in the past few days. Signs have been erected in the restricted area of the Arrivals Hall to guide passengers to the health desk. Passengers may also seek directions from staff at the Temperature checkpoints. Source:

India - The Times of India reports that a dedicated counter for radiation screening is operational 24/7 at Chennai Airport for passengers arriving from Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Indonesia - Travel Advisory for Indonesian citizens who will travel to Japan have to report/inform the Indonesian Embassy in Japan.   No action taken yet for passenger ex Japan. Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs  

Japan - Latest news from Narita Airport:   The World Meteorological Organization has activated its Environmental Emergency Response mechanism and it’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers in Asia (Beijing, Tokyo and Obninsk, Russian Federation) are closely monitoring the situation.

Korea - The Korean government installed two radiation-detecting gates at Incheon International Airport on 17 March. According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, travelers coming from Japan, if they want, are to pass between two poles after immigration checks.  The detector carries out a thorough inspection and is capable of detecting even small amounts of radiation. When an abnormal levels of radiation is detected, the passenger is to be tested with a separate machine for further inspection. No suspected cases of contamination were found as of Thursday morning. The government plans to install more detector gates at the Gimhae International Airport that frequent flyers between Korea and Japan prefer to use.

Malaysia - Passengers screened on arrival from Tokyo with mobile walk through radiation detecting device * All bags screened.

New Zealand - New Zealanders returning home from Japan are highly unlikely to be contaminated or exposed to significant radiation and will not require checks for radioactivity. Source: 

Romania - Prime Minister to set up a cell of rapid response and information within the National Commission for Nuclear Activities’ Control to monitor the situation. If necessary, the Government will repatriate Romanian citizens living in Japan.  Source: 

Switzerland - The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) advises against all travel to north-eastern Japan, as well as to the prefectures of Nagano and Niigata. It advises against tourist- and other non-essential travel to the rest of Japan.  It also recommends all Swiss citizens who are currently in the crisis area, as well as those in the greater Tokyo/Yokohama area, to temporarily leave those areas. Source: (In French) 

Taiwan - Media report that Taiwan has installed radiation detectors at the airport.

Thailand - The action from AOT at Suvarnabhumi airport is divided into 2 areas: On Departure: AOT will set up a Health Consultation desk at PTB level 4, Entrance 6 for passengers who will travel to JPN. Doctors and nurses from Public Health Ministry will be available as consultant mainly for Thai passengers. Other passengers are also welcome. * Distribution of iodine tablets to passengers bound to Japan.

On Arrival: AOT will set up a Health Consultation desk at arrival gate of airline ops from JPN. Health control officer will distribute forms for Thai passengers to complete (the form only in Thai at first stage). Doctors and nurses from Public Health Ministry will be available. For passengers arriving from the risk area, medical staff may consider further treatment. Passengers who wish to have medical check up after arrival, 2 hospitals are recommended "Rajavidhi Hospital n Nopparat Hospital".  Arriving pax being walked through screen with geiger counter. No action on cargo, bags and catering equipment check. However The Food and Drug administration has random checked perishable shipment from JPN. Source:   

Turkey - Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends not to travel to Japan.


United States - US Customs and Border Protection is monitoring developments in Japan carefully and is specifically assessing the potential for radiological contamination associated with the ongoing impact of the earthquake and tsunami to Passengers and cargo arriving in the United States from Japan is being checked for radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant Japan’s nuclear facilities. Source:

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