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Customs & Quarantine

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Rules on Bringing Items to Japan

Goods with Prohibitions, Controls and Restrictions

Japan Customs FAQ

Dogs, cats and other animals

(1) New quarantine regulations for dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes and skunks started from November 6, 2004. Please see the following for an overview of the new quarantine system for pets:

New quarantine system for dogs and cats, foxes, raccoons and skunks

Note: The U.S.A. is not a designated region (rabies-free country or region).

(2) Certificates issued by a licensed veterinarian are required for the above procedure regarding dogs and cats. The certificates must then be endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Veterinary Services. To arrange this USDA endorsement, please contact them at:

USDA /APHIS Veterinary Services
(916) 857-6170 Sacramento
(310)725-1970 Hawthorne


(3) Ducks, turkeys, quail, geese, chickens, cows, deer etc. require quarantine. To arrange this, please contact the Animal Quarantine offices in Japan at 011-81-45-751-5921 or see the following:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of JAPAN/The Animal Quarantine Service

Further information on customs and quarantine issues

If you are uncertain on issues regarding quarantine and customs procedures, please contact the Consulate at (213) 617-6700, FAX (213) 617-6727.

For persons living outside of the United States, please contact your nearest Embassy of Japan or Consulate.

You may also refer to the following web sites for more information:

Japan Customs
Narita Airport Frequently Asked Questions
Narita Airport Arrival Procedures
Animal Quarantine
Plant Quarantine



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