Japan: International SOS deploys team to Hokkaido island following damaging earthquake

07 September 2018 ,  —


International SOS has deployed an Incident Management Team to Hokkaido to assist clients in the wake of the earthquake which struck the island on 6 September, causing extensive damage as well as casualties.  

Advice for travel to Hokkaido

Defer non-essential travel to Hokkaido until at least 8 September. Essential travel is viable only if members are confident in their travel logistics, such as transport and accommodation. 


Members on essential travel should ensure robust journey management planning and maintain flexibility due to the risk of aftershocks, poor weather and movement restrictions resulting from relief operations. Liaise with local contacts and the authorities to confirm that routes are open and not blocked by debris or landslides, or closed due to traffic restrictions. 


International SOS members should contact the Assistance Centre for support or pre-travel briefing covering safety preparations and the support required to ensure a trip is feasible.


For the latest information and advice, members are advised to register for email alerts and review the travel security updates on Travel Security Online and through the International SOS Portal.


We also advise clients and members to download the International SOS Assistance App, here.

Notes to Editors

About the International SOS Group of Companies

The International SOS Group of Companies is in the business of saving lives, protecting your global workforce from health and security threats. Wherever you are, we deliver customised health, security risk management and wellbeing solutions to fuel your growth and productivity. In the event of extreme weather, an epidemic or a security incident, we provide an immediate response providing peace of mind. Our innovative technology and medical expertise focus on prevention, offering real-time, actionable insights and on-the-ground quality delivery. We help you meet compliance reporting needs for good governance. By partnering with us, organisations can fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities, while empowering business resilience, continuity and sustainability.

Founded in 1985, the International SOS Group is trusted by 11,000 organisations, including over half of the Fortune Global 500, multi-national corporate clients and mid-size enterprises, governments, educational institutions and NGOs. 11,000 multi-cultural medical, security and logistics experts stand with you to provide support & assistance from over 1,000 locations in 90 countries, 24/7, 365 days.   

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