Bring animal products into Japan from overseas
It is a guide to bringing items into Japan. Please see here for guidance on taking items out of Japan.
Things we would like you to know before you come to Japan
Currently, there are outbreaks of domestic animal diseases in many countries, and as it is difficult to obtain an inspection certificate for souvenirs and items for personal consumption, most meat products and animal products cannot be brought into Japan.
Please be aware that bringing in items illegally will be subject to penalties.
In order to bring animal products into Japan from overseas
1．Check whether it is subject to animal quarantine
It applies to the following items derived from cloven-hoofed animals (such as cattle, pig, sheep, goat and deer), horse, poultry (*), dog, rabbit and bee.
Poultry: Chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, guinea fowl and turkey, as well as duck, geese and other anseriformes.
Meat / 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.
Egg (including eggshell)
Bone, fat, blood, skin, hair, feather, horn, hoof, tendon
Finished products, such as leather bags and woolen sweaters, are excluded.
Raw milk, semen, fertilized egg, unfertilized egg, feces, urine
Straw and hay for feed （certain 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 situation of domestic animal diseases.
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 an inspection certificate issued by a government agency of 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 Animal Quarantine Service counter in the baggage claim area of the arrival airport or seaport.
Please be aware that even items that can be brought into Japan may not be allowed to be brought in 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 packed?
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-packed.
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 they are only an amount I eat myself?
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.