Unless your dog or cat is entering Japan from rabies-free Taiwan, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Guam, Norway*(except Svalbard, Jan Mayen and dependencies out of Europe), your furry friend will be quarantined, according to Japan Pet Entry Regulations.
On arrival in Japan, 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.
When trying to import dogs or cats, you must submit Advance Notification of the planned date of arrival, number of animals and other items to the Animal Quarantine Service which has jurisdiction over your intended port of arrival at least 40 days prior to arrival in Japan. 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 Service.
If you have a certificate for the animal issued by the responsible government agency of the country of export containing necessary information such as the microchip number for individual identification, dates of rabies vaccinations and rabies antibody levels as well as stating that the animal underwent 180 days wait in the country of export, the quarantine period will be completed within12 hours. In all other cases the quarantine period will be up to 180 days.
The Animal Quarantine Service will issue an Import Quarantine Certificate on completion of the import quarantine.
Importers of dogs are required to register their dogs under the Rabies Prevention Law and may need to take the Import Quarantine Certificate to the local authorities of the destination of the dog.
Dogs can only be imported through the following 17 seaports and airports: Tomakomai Port, Keihin Port, Nagoya Port, Hanshin Port, Kanmon Port, Hakata Port, Kagoshima Port, Naha Port, Shin-Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport,New Kitakyushu Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Kagoshima Airport and Naha Airport.
Amendment of import conditions on certain animals*1
from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden
*1 dog, cat, fox, raccoon and skunk
From 1st January 2012, the UK, Ireland and Sweden will harmonize their import conditions for dogs and other pet animals with other EU Member States and permit cross-border movements of dogs and other pet animals with less restrictive conditions throughout the EU including countries considered affected with rabies.
Therefore, Japan will amend the list of the rabies-free designated regions to remove the UK(the Great Britain and Northern Ireland only), Ireland and Sweden, and to request the same import conditions for certain animals as from other EU member countries in order to prevent importing animals with rabies.
The revised list of the rabies-free designated regions: Taiwan, Iceland, Norway (except Svalbard, Jan Mayen and dependencies out of Europe), Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Guam
Transitional measures will, however, be applied to the UK, Ireland and Sweden from 1st January 2012 to 31st July 2012. In addition to the current import conditions, dogs and cats that meet the following specific conditions will be able to go through import inspections at the animal quarantine service in Japan during the transitional period.
The specific conditions are as follows:
1) The animal must be accompanied by an official certificate issued by the responsible government authorities of the exporting country, certifying that the animal was not imported from regions other than Japan and/or the revised designated regions as above (hereinafter referred to as “non-designated regions’’) into the UK, Ireland or Sweden on or after 1st January 2012. If the animal was born in the UK, Ireland or Sweden, it must be verified that the animal had continuously stayed in the region since birth before being exported to Japan.
2) It must be certified that the animal being exported has maintained the required level of rabies antibody titers from 1st January 2012 until the time of arrival in Japan based on history of rabies vaccinations and their serological tests.
In practical terms, this means that the animal must be accompanied by an official certificate either issued by the responsible government authorities of the exporting country, or issued by a veterinarian and endorsed*2 by the responsible government authorities of the exporting country, certifying the
*2 The endorsed certificate must be signed by a government veterinarian, and state the
name and date of signature, and be sealed or stamped by the authorities.
a) The animal, which must be at least 91 days old, has been vaccinated against
rabies with an approved rabies vaccine, and the primary vaccination, must
have been given on or before 18th December 2011.
b) The animal was serologically tested without an additional vaccination
against rabies on or after 1st January 2012. The blood sampling date must
be on or after 1st January 2012 and must be carried out after the animal was
identified by its microchip. The result must be equal to 0.5 IU/ml or greater.
c) If the animal was vaccinated against rabies only once on or before the 31st
December 2011 or the animal has not been vaccinated regularly with
additional booster vaccinations against rabies*3, it should receive an
additional vaccination promptly after the serological test outlined in point
d) If the animal has been vaccinated regularly with additional booster
vaccinations on or before the 31st December and the period of validity of
most recent vaccination will be expired*4 between the time of the serological
test (outlined in point b)) and entry into Japan, the animal should receive an
additional booster vaccination within the period of validity.
*3 Second vaccination must be conducted more than 31 days after the primary vaccination and
within the period of validity of the primary vaccination.
*4 Period of validity of vaccine is as defined in the technical specification for the anti-rabies
vaccine in the country where the vaccine is administered.
For further information, please contact the Animal Quarantine Service of Japan.
The information about quarantine system for dogs and cats:
(for animals at least 91 days old)
③Blood test(antibody titer≧0.5IU/ml)
⑤Get an official health certificate
6 months before departure
④Waiting period(180days)(Thisis not applied to animals which had lived in Japan and had a blood test before visiting the non-designated country.
7 months before departure(1stshot)6 months before departure(2ndshot)
Can enter into Japan within 12 hours
Quarantine for up to 180days
**Raccoon, fox and skunk from non-designated regions are required to stay for 180 days at the quarantine station.
Import conditions for dogs, cats, fox, raccoon