Pet Passport Japan
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Japan
Pets over 90 days of age entering Japan from the rabies free countries of: Cyprus, Taiwan, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand Fiji, Hawaii and Guam provided they have resided in those countries for at least 180 days:
- Your dog or cat must have a 15 digit pet microchip that is ISO Standard 11784/ 11785 compliant. If your pet's microchip is not ISO, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Your dog must be vaccinated for a minimum of Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus. Other vaccinations are recommended. Cats must be vaccinated for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.
- A Veterinary Certificate for Japan issued within 2 days of travel stating that the pet is healthy and free of internal and external parasites. The certificate must be completed by an accredited USDA or CFIA veterinarian for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority over animals in your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
You must provide advance notification of entry that must be submitted to the Animal Quarantine Station with jurisdiction over the intended air(sea)port of arrival no less than 40 days prior to arrival: Please note that you may be requested to change the date or place of import depending on the availability situation of quarantine facilities at the Animal Quarantine Station.
Under the above circumstances,
animals will be released from quarantine within 12 hours or less of
arrival in Japan.
On arrival, dogs and cats must undergo import quarantine
for a set period to screen out rabies (and in the case of dogs,
rabies and leptospirosis), depending on conditions. Furthermore, in
order to check whether they have contracted the diseases in
isolation from other animals or humans, the animals are held in the
quarantine facilities of the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS). Please
bear in mind that even when a long quarantine period is necessary,
quarantine cannot be allowed at any place other than the premises of
Pets over 90 days old entering Japan from any country other than those listed above, the following requirements must be followed in the order given:
- Your pet must have a microchip that is ISO Standard 11784/11785 compliant. If your pet's microchip is not ISO, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies twice. The first vaccination should be given not more than 12 months prior and the second vaccination should be given not less than 30 days prior to entry. Other vaccinations listed above must also be administered by your veterinarian.
- After the two vaccinations, your dog or cat must have a Blood Titer Test processed by an approved laboratory unless your pet has had a test done within the past 2 years and the rabies vaccination has not expired.
- An accredited veterinarian must complete a Japan Veterinary Certificate within 2 days of travel stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test. If the pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, then USDA (US) or CFIA (Canada) State Veterinarian endorsement is required. If you are traveling from another country, then the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included with the completed health certificate for endorsement.
In order to reduce the quarantine period to 12 hours when entering Japan, the date when the blood was drawn for the titer test must be more than 180 days and less than 2 years of the arrival date.
You must provide advance notification of the following that must be submitted to the Animal Quarantine Station with jurisdiction over the intended air(sea)port of arrival no less than 40 days prior to arrival. You must notify the AQS if your entry date will change. Please note that you may be requested to change the date or place of import depending on the availability situation of quarantine facilities at the AQS.
Pets not meeting the above requirements shall be quarantined for 180 days after arrival in Japan.
Your dog or cat should fly a direct route to Japan if at all possible, otherwise, your pet's crate will need to be sealed.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Japan, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Japan. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Japan. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination. All animals other than dogs and cats will be subject to quarantine on arrival.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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