To prevent the entry of domestic animal infectious diseases into Japan ～Border quarantine～
Currently, there have been outbreaks of virulent domestic animal infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza in various countries around the world.
If a virulent domestic animal infectious disease enters Japan, it will not only cause serious damage to the country's livestock industry, but will also have a huge impact on the socioeconomic activities.
If you come to Japan from countries where there have been outbreaks of virulent infectious diseases, please avoid visiting livestock/live poultry related facilities and avoid coming into contact with domestic animals.
Border quarantine at airports/seaports
At Animal Quarantine Service, in order to safeguard against the entry of domestic animal infectious diseases, we are running the following border quarantine measures at airports/seaports.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Shoe sole disinfection
We are carrying out disinfection of the soles of shoes at all airports/seaports where passenger services arrive from overseas.
Implementation status of shoe sole disinfection at airports/seaports.
|Mats for disinfection of shoes are laid down in areas where all passengers pass through, such as the area before the immigration inspection or the boarding bridge.||
Disinfection mats are soaked in a disinfectant. Please tread firmly on them.
* Disinfection mats are slippery, so please be careful.
|Information on shoe sole disinfection is provided via posters or announcements.||Shoes with soil on them, such as golf shoes, will be disinfected at Animal Quarantine counter.|
To persons who have visited a livestock related facility before coming to Japan
For persons who have visited a livestock related facility or live poultry market and come into contact with domestic animals, there is a risk that pathogens of a domestic animal infectious disease are adhered to them or their clothing, so after arriving in Japan, please come to Animal Quarantine counter in the baggage claim area.
To persons who have brought shoes with soil on them from overseas
Please remove any soil from sports shoes (golf shoes, etc.) and trekking shoes, etc., beforehand.
Moreover, if you have brought these shoes with you from overseas in a bag, when you arrive in Japan, please come to Animal Quarantine counter in the baggage claim area.
Vehicles arriving in Japan loaded on ferries are disinfected when they land.
Implementation status of vehicle disinfection
|Disinfection mats are installed in the section where the ferry comes into dock.||Vehicles unloaded from the ferry pass over the disinfection mat.||In addition, we carry out spray disinfection.|
Bringing animal products into Japan
There is a risk that virulent domestic animal infectious disease can enter Japan via animal products such as meat products.
Occasionally avian influenza virus is detected in poultry meat, which will not be imported into Japan, as a result of our inspection.
Before coming to Japan, please check information regarding the bringing animal products into Japan.
Furthermore, before you take animal products overseas from Japan, the items need to undergo export quarantine inspection by Animal Quarantine Service.
Quarantine detector dog
Quarantine detector dogs have been introduced who can distinguish the smell of and find meat products, etc. subject to animal quarantine inside luggage.
Questioning when entering Japan
Animal Quarantine officers will question persons entering Japan as to whether or not they have brought with them clothing or shoes, etc., that they were wearing, or equipment that they used, when they visited a livestock related facility such as farms.
Questions are asked via announcement inside planes and ships arriving in ports directly from countries and regions where there have been outbreaks of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, or via announcement inside passenger terminals.
In addition, for certain flights and ships, persons entering Japan may be handed an animal quarantine questionnaire, or be questioned verbally..
Public Relations campaign
In order to make animal quarantine system and the activities of Animal Quarantine Service more widely known, we launch public relations campaigns at each airport/seaport during periods when there is an increase in the movement of people and goods, such as during long holidays.