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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Japan

Pets over 90 days of age entering Japan from the rabies free countries of: Iceland, Australia, New Zealand Fiji, Hawaii and Guam provided they have resided in those countries for at least 180 days:

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Japan from rabies free countries listed above.

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.

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:

Pets not meeting the above requirements shall be quarantined for 180 days after arrival in Japan.

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Japan from non rabies free countries.

Dogs can only be imported at the following 17 seaports and airports:

Sea ports: Tomakomai Port, Keihin Port (Tokyo, Yokohama), Nagoya Port, Hanshin Port (Osaka, Kobe), Kanmon Port, Hakata Port, Kagoshima Port and Naha Port
 
Airports: Shin(New)-Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Kitakyushu Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Kagoshima Airport and Naha Airport

Dog Passport 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.

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. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

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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julia.boris.925
Basically if I got puppy and I want to enter Japan soon. Do I have to wait till puppy will be 10 month old ??according to regulation, 91 days is first rabies vaccine, after first on 31 days is second one (booster) blood test can do at the same day ?? and after blood collected do we have to wait 180 days more? The puppy will be a big dog 10 month old by then :( ......is there any chances to enter Japan earlier than that for newborn pets? Thank you in advance
Posted on 2014-09-22 11:28:12.0
PetTravel
Hello Julia - Japan is very strict as to the import of pets. They do not mention any exemptions for the import of un-vaccinated puppies from high-risk countries (like Thailand). So, get your pup microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies not sooner than 91 days old. Then another vaccination 31 days after the first one. The blood titer test can be done right after the second rabies vaccination, but the wait after the titer test is done is 180 days. that would put the import age at no sooner than 10 months.
Posted on 2014-09-25 02:41:14.0
julia.leu.71
I'm asking this for my boss at work (in Japan). She's planning on bringing both of her dogs (Huskies) to the states, leaving one of them there and taking the other back to Japan again with her. From what I've read online, it seems like she needs to get both of her dogs checked by a USDA accredited veterinarian and then have the papers endorsed by a veterinary service area office. The problem is, how do we locate both of those facilities in Japan (Tokyo)? And what does she need to do when bringing (one of) her dog back to Japan? Thank you for your time.
Posted on 2014-10-03 10:46:45.0
PetTravel
Julia - your boss will need to have a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel and proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry to the US. It will not need USDA endorsement. USDA endorsement is required for US resident dogs and cats to leave the US. Now, in order to return to Japan, it is a bit more complicated and there is quarantine involved. You have to give the Animal Quarantine Service a 40 day notice of import. Her dog must be microchipped, vaccinated at least twice for rabies, titer tested and a veterinary certificate. You can find all the details and links to instructions and forms here if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Japan.cfm
Posted on 2014-10-05 03:39:44.0
colietha.alvarez
Hello. I have 2 bull dogs. Are they allowed in Japan...being they meet all other requirements. Thanks in adv advance
Posted on 2014-10-18 00:11:28.0
hellokilala
So I have a dog thats old enough to travel to Japan. I want to take her in 8 months. I am not sure if I have any documents of her vaccinations. How long does all the vaccinations and microchipping take? And around how much is the cost?
Posted on 2014-10-20 07:25:37.0
PetTravel
Kilala - first have your dog microchipped. Then have your vet vaccinate your dog for rabies. A second vaccination can be given 31 days after the first vaccination. After the second vaccination, a Blood Titer Test must be administered by your vet. 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. This is assuming that your dog does not reside in Iceland, Australia, New Zealand Fiji, Hawaii or Guam.
Posted on 2014-10-20 15:23:29.0
adam.virga.3
Hi, Thanks for the guide. Our cat is 1 year old and my girlfriend is hoping to take him to Japan around May. He is microchipped and we should have some documentation of his vaccines. The standard ones when you adopt and feline leukemia, etc...Is it too late to start the process or should he be alright?
Posted on 2014-10-31 23:35:50.0
PetTravel
Adam - assuming your girlfriend's cat is entering Japan from the US, the first question is whether her cat has a microchip. Cats must be vaccinated twice after the chip is implanted. If this has been done, then a Blood Titer Test must be done at least 6 months ahead of time to avoid quarantine. The information is in the second group of bullet points on this page: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Japan.cfm
Posted on 2014-11-03 01:58:44.0
mynthe
Hi there, can I check if the pet is only transiting in Japan on its way to a third country, does it still need to have the above procedures? The passenger is planning to travel from Singapore to the US via Tokyo. He will be connecting to his next flight in Tokyo on the same day. Thank you for your advice!
Posted on 2014-11-04 17:19:36.0
PetTravel
Hi Marie - as long as your pet is flying in and out of Tokyo on the same airline and the layover is not more than 2 hours, the airline will transfer the pet from plane to plane. If the layover is more than 2 hours, you will need to contact the airline to make sure that they will hold the pet. Otherwise, you will have to claim the pet and enter Japan. This will really complicate things as Japan has very strict import requirements.
Posted on 2014-11-11 03:31:45.0
amberjason.beene
Hello, I will be traveling with 2 dogs (they will be in excess baggage) via United Airlines from Houston to Tokyo, then a brief 2 1/2 hour layover in Tokyo and Auroa airlines from Tokyo to Yuzhno-Sakhalin Island Russia. My question is do the above requirements apply since we just have a layover in Japan?
Posted on 2014-11-24 13:06:01.0
PetTravel
Amber - if you are changing airlines in Tokyo, you will need to claim your pets and recheck them on Auroa Airlines. The airlines do not interline pets unless they have a code share agreement (and sometimes not even then). This will mean you will need to clear customs and enter Japan and conform to their regulations. You can confirm with United or Auroa, but this is probably the case.
Posted on 2014-11-26 01:23:52.0
PetTravel
Japan does not publish any breed restrictions.
Posted on 2014-11-30 13:38:59.0
robyn.c.gilbert
hello, we are transiting through Narita with our Shiba Inu, Oliver. We depart Singapore (rabies free) 7 hour flight, and are enroute to USA. Because of tight connection at Narita (less than 3 hours). We are booking flight from NRT to ORD one day later, and let Oliver rest in Pet Royal Inn at airport and depart the next day. Is this considered an "import" or just as a transit stop?
Posted on 2014-12-02 15:01:04.0
PetTravel
Robyn - due to the location of the Pet Royal Inn, it is likely that you must clear customs to access it. You should contact them to confirm: +81(0)120-223-011 +81(0)476-34-6800
Posted on 2014-12-07 02:32:21.0