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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis is currently tracking towards the south-west of Japan and is currently forecast to make landfall as a Category 2 or 3 Typhoon from Saturday 12 October 2019 (local time). Typhoon Hagibis is predicted to bring heavy rain, flash flooding, and destructive winds which may reach speeds of over 178km/hr.  

New Zealanders in Japan are advised to follow the advice of local authorities including evacuation orders.

Seek suitable shelter. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a typhoon. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.

Updated information about the typhoon can be found on the following websites: Japan Meteorological Agency and Tropical Storm Risk.

Transport links may be impacted. Contact your airline or travel agent directly to find out if your travel has been disrupted.

New Zealanders attending any Rugby World Cup matches over 12 – 13 October should consult the Rugby World Cup website to confirm if the games are cancelled or going ahead.

New Zealanders in Japan requiring emergency assistance should contact the local emergency services on the following numbers: Fire/Ambulance (119) and Police (110). Japanese and English language services are available for both emergency service numbers.

New Zealanders in Japan requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo on +81 3 3467 2271 or email

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