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Bringing animal products into Japan from overseas

icon_arrowThis is a guide to bringing animal products into Japan. Please see this page for guidance on taking animal products out of Japan. 

Please note before you come to Japan:

As of 22nd April 2019,
Japan decided to apply the penalty for illegal bringing in of meat products more stringently

Regardless of whether it is abandoned voluntarily, the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) will cope rigorously with the illegal introduction of meat products.

It is subject to a penalty in case of confirmation of livestock products such as meat products without import declaration in passenger baggage.
Inspection may require certain time for officers to record the detailed information on the violator and boarding pass.

Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control stipulates that:
In case of introducing livestock products without passing import inspection, persons shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of up to three years or a fine of up to one million yen.


Due to outbreaks of domestic animal diseases in other countries, most meat and other animal products cannot be brought into Japan. 

Please be aware that bringing items illegally into Japan will be subject to penalties.  


  penalty for illegal bringing in of meat products more stringently(PDF : 395KB)

Pamphlet: To everyone traveling overseas or entering Japan(PDF:965KB)

In order to bring animal products into Japan from overseas:

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1.Check whether it is subject to animal quarantine

This applies to items derived from the folliowing: cloven-hoofed animals (cattle, pig, sheep, goat and deer), horses, poultry, dogs, rabbits and bees.
*Poultry as defined as:Chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, guinea fowl, turkey, as well as duck, geese and other anseriformes.

  • Meat and organ
    Any type of meat / organ (such as raw, processed product, refrigerated, frozen, cooked, etc.) is subject to animal quarantine.
    Examples of processed products: Jerky, ham, sausages, bacon, meat buns, etc.meat
  • Eggs (including eggshells)
  • Bones, fat, blood, skin, hair, feathers, horns, hooves, tendons
    Finished products, such as leather bags and woolen sweaters, are excluded.
  • Semen, fertilized eggs, unfertilized eggs, feces, urine
  • Raw milk and other Dairy products (excluding those imported in passenger baggage)
  • Straw and hay for feedcertain areas

 

2.Check to make sure that importation is not prohibited or suspended

There are countries and regions from which items cannot be brought into Japan due to the outbreak of domestic animal diseases in those counties or regions.

See here for countries and regions from which imports have been suspended due to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, etc.

See here for countries and regions from which imports have been suspended due to outbreaks of avian influenza

In addition, the importing of deer-derived products from countries and regions affected by CWD (chronic wasting disease) has been suspended.

 

3.Obtaining an inspection certificate

Items without a government-issued inspection certificate from the exporting country cannot be brought into Japan, even if they are souvenirs or for personal consumption.

In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, there are products that are sold with an inspection certificate for Japan attached to them.

4.Undergo import inspection by Animal Quarantine Service when you arrive in Japan

You need to undergo import inspection at the Animal Quarantine Service counter in the baggage claim area of the arrival airport or seaport.

Please be aware that even items that are allowed to be brought into Japan may not be allowed if they have been opened prior to being inspected by Animal Quarantine Service.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Q1:Is it possible to bring in commercial meat products that have been vacuum sealed?

A1:Items that are banned or suspended from being imported and items without an inspection certificate cannot be brought in, even if they are vacuum-sealed.

Q2: Is it possible to bring in any heat processed products?

A2:Items that are banned or suspended from being imported and items without an inspection certificate cannot be brought in, even if they have been heated processed.

Q3:I was told by a shop assistant in the duty-free shop that I would be able to bring it in. Is this true?

A3:Items that are banned or suspended from being imported and items without an inspection certificate cannot be brought in, even if they have been purchased at a duty-free store.

Q4:Can I bring any items if there is only a small amount for personal consumption?

A4:Items that are banned or suspended from being imported and items without an inspection certificate cannot be brought in, even if it is a small quantity as a souvenir or for personal consumption.

 

 

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