Departure from Japan - Dog,Cat-
When taking a dog or cat abroad, the dog or cat must meet both the exit conditions for Japan and the entry conditions for the country to which you are traveling.
Conditions and procedure
Conditions for leaving Japan
In order to leave Japan, dogs or cats must undergo export inspection at the Animal Quarantine Service for rabies(in case of dogs, rabies and leptospirosis).
Export inspection is conducted prior to departure, and as it is a clinical health check, it should not take long time that no abnormalities are discovered.
Nevertheless, it is recommended that exporter contact the Animal Quarantine Service office in advance (at least seven days before traveling) for inspection appointment. (Note: There is some cases that exporter should contact Animal Quarantine Service more early depends on entering conditions of the country which dogs or cats are traveling to.)
The inspection can be carried out at your nearest Animal Quarantine Service office. If there is no office near you, or if you are leaving from an airport or seaport with no Animal Quarantine Service or animal quarantine officer stationed, please ask before traveling.
Conditions for entering the country you are traveling to
Please check the entering conditions of the country, which dogs or cats are traveling to, with that country's embassy or quarantine authorities in advance.
Depending on the conditions, special arrangements may be needed, or an extended period of time (at least several days) may be required for the quarantine etc.
For this reason, please contact and notify the entering conditions the nearest Animal Quarantine Service, where your dogs or cats will undergo export quarantine, as soon as possible after confirming the conditions.
On export inspection, exporter present following documents to Animal Quarantine Service:
- Export application forms For dogs（PDF：70KB） For cats（PDF：201KB）
- Documents or certificates required by entering conditions of country which dogs or cats are traveling to
- Health certificate issued by private veterinarian (if needed: please ask Animal Quarantine Service office)
- Other documents instructed by Animal Quarantine Service
*Documents must be written with an indelible pen.
Application by Attorney(proxy)
When a person other than owner conduct export application procedure, the owner should present a "Power of Attorney" to Animal Quarantine Service.
For pre-export confirmation, Animal Quarantine Service strongly reccomend exporter to send copies or pdf files of certificates/reference documents or its drafts by fax or e-mail to an Animal Quarantine Service office in departure air(sea)port. This is for to prevent failure of export on export inspection for mistaken paperwork.
- Animal Quarantine Service may contact to private veterinarian or the designated laboratory to confirm contents of the certificates without notice.
- When some problems or mistakes are found on the certificates presented on export inspection, the dog(s) or cat(s) may be not allowed to be exported.
On completion of the expot quarantine, an Export Quarantine Certificate will be issued (in English)
Short stay out of Japan
Animal quarantine is necessary when returning to Japan even if you are only out of Japan for a short period (on holiday etc.)
If the dogs or cats, before leaving Japan, has not had a microchip fitted, has not had confirmation of rabies antibody levels following rabies vaccinations (carried out after the microchip implantation), and has not received a certificate mantioned these treatments from an animal quarantine officer, the quarantine time upon return to Japan will be longer (up to 180 days), so please consult the Animal Quarantine Service in advance.