IMO: No restrictions on travel to Japan

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March 21, 2011

According to a statement by the International Maritime Organization and other top agencies, maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami.  This latest information is made available from the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, and includes commercial flights and airports.

While there is currently no medical basis for imposing restrictions, the United Nations organizations are monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any changes.
Screening for radiation of international passengers from Japan is not considered necessary at this time. Currently available information indicates that increased levels have been detected at some airports, but these do not represent any health risk.
Over the weekend, the first fuel tanker docked at the devastated port of Sendai over the weekend laden with petrol, light oil and kerosene.
Pictured: An aerial view of the port of Sendai on March 12 courtesy U.S. Navy


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