Japan Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
You must file an Advanced Notification Form at least 40 days in advance of import with the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS). After processing, if facilities are available, an Approval of Notification will be returned to you. 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.
Unless your cat or dog was born in or resided in a countries that Japan considers as rabies-free (see step 7) for the past 6 months, then the following procedure must occur. AFTER microchip insertion, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies twice with an inactivated or recombinant vaccine, both times during the 12 month period prior to entry. Your pet must be at least 3 months of age before the first rabies vaccination. The second vaccination must be given more than 30 days prior to entry.
From all countries: it is highly recommended that your dog be vaccinated for a minimum of Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus. Other vaccinations are recommended. Cats must be vaccinated for Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.
Blood Titer Test
Unless your pet is originating from one of the countries that the Japan considers rabies-free (see step 7), 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. 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. Note that a titer test is not required when entering Japan from a country considered by Japan to be rabies-free.
An accredited veterinarian must complete a Japan Veterinary Certificate within 2 days of entry stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test (if applicable). If your 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 must endorse the forms.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Japan, it must be treated against ticks, tapeworm, nematodes and cestodes.
Countries that the Japan considers as rabies-free
The countries listed below are considered rabies-free by Japan are Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii or Guam. No rabies vaccination or titer test is required if your pet was born in or resided in these countries for a period of not less than 6 months.
Pets not meeting the above requirements shall be quarantined for 180 days after arrival in Japan.
Entering Japan by Air or Sea
Cats: There are no restrictions for cats entering Japan. If not entering the country at one of the airports or seaports listed below, AQS must be notified.
Dogs may only enter the country at the following airports: New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport*, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport*), Chubu International Airport*, Kansai International Airport, Kitakyushu Airport, Fukuoka Airport*, Kagoshima Airport* and Naha Airport.
Your pet will be held at the Animal Quarantine Service for a short period of time (less than 12 hours) before being released to you.
Dogs may only enter Japan at the following seaports: Tomakomai Seaport, Keihin Seaport (Tokyo, Yokohama*), Nagoya Seaport, Hanshin Seaport (Osaka*, Hyogo), Kanmon Seaport, Hakata Seaport, Kagoshima Seaport, Naha Seaport
*Dogs requiring more than 12 hours clearance must enter at these air and seaports. 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 AQS.
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. 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.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated pets under the age of 3 months cannot enter Japan. Puppies and kittens should be microchipped vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 3 months of age and again no sooner than 30 days prior to entry unless entering from a country considered to be rabies-free. Also, a titer test should be done after vaccination and no sooner than 180 days prior to entering Japan (non-rabies free countries).
Japan does not ban any dog or cat breeds. Aggressive behavior is not acceptable.
Pet owners planning to exort their pets from Japan should apply for export to Animal Quarantine Service at least 7 days prior to export.
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.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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