Department of State: Avoid Tourism And Non-Essential Travel To Japan

By Maureen Mespell

Department of State: Avoid Tourism And Non-Essential Travel To Japan

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- On March 11, the Department of State issued an alert to U.S. citizens in reference to the situation in Japan in the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The Department of State is strongly urging U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time. The Travel Alert expires on April 1, 2011.

The Department of State is also advising U.S. citizens currently in Japan to contact family and friends in the U.S. to confirm their well being .

Updated information on travel and security in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Bahrain, as well as the Worldwide Caution, which can be found at travel.state.gov.

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