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Dogs and Cats from designated regions

 

 Designated regions(rabies-free country or region): click here

 

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.

Importer's obligations

Importer is responsible for all aspects of importation and detention and will bear all related costs.
These include inspections and treatments in the exporting country, document preparation, pet transport, import inspection application procedures at the time of arrival in Japan, caretaking and feeding during quarantine, onsite examination and treatment by private veterinarians, procedures after the completion of inspection, and reclaiming, return and disposal of the pet. Furthermore, examination and treatment by private veterinarians will only be allowed at the detention facility. 
Importers should only import pets after they understand and accept these responsibilities.


【NOTICE!】
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
 

What is required to make the quarantine period less than 12 hours?

Advance notification

Illustration:Advance notification

Regardless of the way that dogs and cats are brought to Japan (hand luggage, cargo etc.), importer must submit an Advance Notification form to the Animal Quarantine Service office in arrival air(sea)port at least 40 days prior to arrival in Japan:

After receiving the Advanced Notification, the Animal Quarantine Service office will confirm import quarantine period and availability of quarantine facility, then issue an Approval of Notification to the importer. When quaranty facility is full or other unavailable situation, Animal Quarantine Service may indicate the importer to change arrival air(sea)port or arrival date. The Approval of Notification and its Approval No. are needed on import inspection in Japan.

 

FAQs

 

Import Requirements

In case that the dogs or cats are brought in directly from a designated region, and where the following can be confirmed with a certificate issued by the responsible government agency of the country of export, the quarantine time on arrival will be within 12 hours, and in general the inspection will not usually take long.

  • The animal is individually identified with a microchip. *1
  • The animal has been kept only in designated regions for the past 180 days, since birth, or since arriving directly from Japan.
  • There have been no outbreaks of rabies in designated regions in the past two years.
  • The animal did not have or was not suspected of having rabies (and in the case of dogs, rabies and leptospirosis) when inspected prior to departure. *2

    *1  If the animal is not implanted with an ISO compliant (11784 / 11785)
    *2  Please have the animal inspected to confirm that it does not have or is not suspected of having rabies (in the case of dogs, rabies and leptospirosis) prior to departure (whenever possible, no more than two days prior to departure) / Dogs must be needed this health certificate.

 

If there are any omissions in the certification or individual identification, the animal may be subject to a longer import quarantine of up to 180 days in quarantine facility. 

 

Documents

On import inspection, importer present following documents to Animal Quarantine Service in arrival air(sea)port: 

  • Original Certificate issued by the responsible government agency of the country of export (see above section)
  • Approval of Notification
  • Other documents instructed by Animal Quarantine Service

Application by Attorney(proxy)

When a person other than owner conduct import application procedure, the owner should present a  "Power of Attorney" to Animal Quarantine Service. 

Prior Confirmation

For pre-import confirmation, Animal Quarantine Service strongly reccomend importer 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 arrival air(sea)port. This is for to prevent failure of import on import 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 import inspection, the dog(s) or cat(s) may be not allowed to be imported.

 

Health-care

Please note that the animal should be kept in good health and shapeprior to departure, and carefully decide on how to transport, in order to avoid accidents or sickness during the transport or import quarantine.

 

Import quarantine on arrival in Japan

On arrival in Japan, importer should submit the application form for import inspection to the Animal Quarantine Service and have the animal inspected by an animal quarantine officer.
Import inspection will not usually take long on the condition that the advance notification has been checked, and the animal is successfully identified and is proven to meet all conditions.

If there are any omissions in the certification or individual identification, the animal may be subject to a longer import quarantine of up to 180 days in quarantine facility.

Regarding up to 180 days quarantine, see "Feeding arrangements during the quarantine period" on the page of "Dogs and Cats from regions OTHER THAN designated regions".

 

The Animal Quarantine Service will issue an Import Quarantine Certificate on completion of the import quarantine.
 

 

Forms and Guide 

 Advance Notification forms

 

 Import application forms

 

 Recommended certification forms

We advise that you first obtain the certification forms recommended by Japan (Form A, Form B), then have the veterinarian who treated the animal fill in the necessary items, and finally obtain endorsement from the responsible government agency of the exporting country.

 

 Guides for the importation of dogs etc.

  

After import into Japan (Domestic regulation)

For DOGS importers/owners in Japan

It is duty for dogs owners in Japan to do followings under the Rabies Prevention Low. For more detail information, please contact your resident municipality office.

  • To register your dog with municipality: city, town or village office
    - Within 30 days after import, bring with import quarantine certificate issued by Animal Quarantine Service to resident municipality office. 
  • To have your dog vaccinated against rabies every year
  • To attach a register tag and rabies vaccination tag on your dog (For example: put them on dog's collar)