Customs & Quarantine
Arrival Quarantine Inspection Immigration Inspection Animal/Plant Quarantine Customs Access into Japan.
You are required to make an oral or a written declaration to Customs about the goods that you bring into Japan.
When the amount of your goods exceeds the limit of tax exemption, please submit the declaration of your accompanied and unaccompanied baggage.
Limits of Tax Exemption (for One Adult)
Attention: Commercial goods and commercial samples are taxable and are not subject to tax exemption indicated below.
|Name of Product||Amount or Price Value|
|Alcoholic Beverages||3 bottles|
|Tobacco||400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 500 grams of other tobacco products|
|Others||200, 000 yen (total of overseas market prices)|
Main Items Prohibited from Importation
- Opium, cocaine, heroine, hemp, stimulant drugs, psychotropic substances
- Pistols and other firearms, ammunition for firearms
- Obscene or immoral magazines, videotapes etc.
- Counterfeit brand name products, other articles which infringe upon rights in intellectual property etc.
Main Items Restricted for Importation
- Animals and plants that require quarantine (please undergo inspection at Animal/Plant Quarantine Counter)
- Air guns, swords, smoke bombs etc.
- Pharmaceutical products, cosmetics (subject to quantitative restrictions)
- Animals and plants stipulated by the CITES (the Washington Treaty)
Animal Quarantine Regulations
In an effort to reduce the occurrence of rabies, new regulations for dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes and skunks entering Japan have taken effect since November 6, 2004. By following these new regulations, the waiting period for entry into Japan can be made substantially shorter. However, please note that the pre-import preparations are extensive and require considerable time. A procedure manual and all necessary forms are available on the Animal Quarantine Service's website at http://www.maff-aqs.go.jp/english/index.htm. The United States has not been designated as a rabies-free country. Therefore, procedures for "countries other than a designated region" apply.
The certificates required import must be endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Veterinary Services after being issued by a licensed veterinarian. For details of obtaining USDA endorsement, please contact you local USDA/APHIS office:
APHIS Office / Texas
APHIS / Oklahoma
903 San Jacinto #220
4020 N.Lincoln Blvd. #101
New regulations also require blood testing to measure rabies antibody levels. Blood must be sent to a laboratory designated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
|DOD Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory Fort Sam Houston|
24272 Shofield Road San Antonio, TX 78234-6232
Details are available at http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/dog/import-other.html. Please contact the laboratory before you send the blood samples.
In addition, contacting your airline company about the animal well in advance of your travel date is advised since they may have separate requirements as well.
Questions concerning the quarantine procedures can be answered by visiting of FAQs section of the Animal Quarantine Service's website at http://www.maff-aqs.go.jp/english/index.htm or by sending an email directly to the Animal Quarantine Service.
Taking Plants and Food Products into Japan
- Fresh Products Plants and Plant products are subject to plant quarantine to prevent a possible invasion of pests which may inhabit these plants. It is stipulated by Japanese law that a phytosanitary certificate issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture be attached to the plants.
- Canned Products Canned meat, fruit or vegetable products are allowed.
- Dried Products Dried fruit or vegetable products are allowed, as long as they are commercially dried (not home-dried) and remain in their original, unopened packaging.
- Other Processed Foods Items such as biscuits, crackers, sweets, cereals, dried noodles, etc. may be brought into Japan. Most types of nuts (with the exception of walnuts, which are prohibited may be brought into Japan, particularly if they are salted, dried or roasted.
- Plants and Plant Materials The importation of any soil is strictly prohibited-including soils attached to the roots of living plants.
For more information, please check website of Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Plant Protection Station ( http://www.pps.go.jp/english/ ).
Importing medication into Japan is subject to control by the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and the Customs Law, and regulated by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
When you bring medication into Japan for personal use, depending the type and amount of the medication, you may have to apply for a Yakkan Shoumei. Yakkan Shoumei is a kind of import certificate that you must apply for and receive before you leave for Japan. This certificate must be declared to the officer at customs when you arrive in Japan. Applications for the Yakkan Shoumei should be submitted to the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare closest to your airport of arrival in Japan. (Please see below for more details)
If your medication is classified as a narcotic by Japan, then you are required to obtain advanced permission from the Narcotics Control Department at the Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare closest to your airport of arrival in Japan.
- For general information and guidelines, please refer to the following link: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- For details regarding the application for Yakkan Shoumei, including the application forms, please refer to the following link: “Q&A for those who are bringing medicines into Japan”
- For details regarding the application for the import of narcotics and psychotropics, including the application forms, please refer to the following link: "Import / Export Narcotics or other controlled substances by carrying"
Contact Details for Further Information
Contact for Drugs, Quasi Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Devices
|Name of Department||Contact Information||Place of Arrival|
|Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL: +81-48-740-0800
|Narita International Airport
Tokyo International Airport
|Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL: +81-6-6942-4096
|Chubu Centrair International Airport
Kansai International Airport
|Okinawa Narcotics Control Office, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL: +81-98-853-7100
Contact for Narcotics and Psychotropics
|Name of Department||Contact Information||Area in Charge|
|Narcotics Control Department, Hokkaido Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Narcotics Control Department, Tohoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Aomori, Akita, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata|
|Narcotics Control Department, Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo, Yamanashi|
|Narcotics Control Department, Tokai Hokuriku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Mie, Shizuoka, Toyama|
|Narcotics Control Department, Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Fukui, Hyogo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama|
|Narcotics Control Department, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi|
|Narcotics Control Department, Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Ehime, Kagawa, Kouchi, Tokushima|
|Narcotics Control Department, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare||TEL:
|Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga|