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Questioning to persons entering Japan

Animal Quarantine officers will ask questions to persons entering Japan as to whether or not they have visited a livestock related facility such as farms, and whether or not that have brought with them the clothing or shoes, etc., that they were wearing when they entered such a place, and, if necessary, such items will be disinfected.

This is because there is a risk of the spread of domestic animal infectious diseases via clothing, shoes and equipment, etc.

Relevant Provisions of the Act on Domestic Infectious Diseases Control(Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, Russian)(PDF:565KB)

 

Questions

The questions to persons entering Japan are as follows.

Q 1. Have you touched livestock (e.g. cattle, pigs, chickens etc.) or have you been at a livestock facility, such as a stock farm or slaughterhouse, within the last week?

Q 2. Are you carrying clothing, shoes, etc. that have touched livestock, their manure or soil? Are you carrying with you any ham or other meat product?

Q 3. Do you plan to touch livestock in Japan within the next week?

 

Method of questioning

Usually, questions are asked via announcement inside planes and ships arriving in ports directly from countries and regions where there have been outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever, and via announcement inside passenger terminals, so those persons to whom the questions apply (who have answered "YES" to any of the questions), after arriving in Japan, please come to Animal Quarantine counter in baggage claim area.logistics

Moreover, animal quarantine questionnaires will be distributed inside certain planes and ships, etc., so after you have filled it in, please fill it in and either stop at Animal Quarantine counter or place it in the questionnaire collection box.

In addition, you may be questioned verbally by Animal Quarantine officers.

 

Questionnaire Sample situmonhyo_jcte_1 situmonhyo_jcte_2 (PDF:2,730KB)

*There are also those which include Korean and Russian. Print out leaflets and questionnaires here(PDF:3,046KB)

 

Questions & Answers

1. General Questions

Q1:Is it carried out for all persons entering Japan?

A1:No. It is only for those persons entering Japan by way of a plane or ship arriving in Japan directly from regions where there has been an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or African swine fever.

Q2:I have answered "YES" to any of the questions. What should I do?

A2:Please notify Animal Quarantine officers in the baggage claim area. According to the contents of your answers, your accompanied items will be inspected and disinfected, and you will be given guidance from animal health point of view.

Q3:I have answered "NO" to all questions. What should I do?

A3:If you do not have any items subject to inspection, such as meat, ham or sausages, please proceed to customs inspection. Moreover, if you were given an animal quarantine questionnaire, please fill it in and either stop at Animal Quarantine counter or place it in the questionnaire collection box.

Q4:How will my accompanied items be disinfected?

A4:Clothing, shoes and equipment for which there is a risk of pathogens being adheared will be disinfected disinfectant spray, ozone gas or ultraviolet light. Disinfection will be carried out at the Animal Quarantine counter.

Q5:Why are clothing and shoes, etc., disinfected?

A5:Because there is the risk that viruses that cause infectious diseases of domestic animals, such as foot-and-mouth disease, can also be spread via the clothes and shoes you are wearing, you will be questioned by Animal Quarantine officers and, if necessary, they will be disinfected. Moreover, in addition to this, all passengers will have the soles of their shoes disinfected, and  vehicles arriving in Japan by ferry will undergo vehicle disinfection.

Q6:What is the guidance guidance from animal health point of view?

A6:Persons who have come in contact with domestic animals, or persons who have visited a livestock related facility, will be given guidance from animal health point of view, such as washing the body and clothing and avoiding coming into contact with domestic animals.

Q7:What is the legal basis?

A7:Article 46, paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Act on  Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control. The text of the law can be seen here. (Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, Russian)(PDF:565KB)

Q8:Are there any penal provisions? 

A8:Refusal to answer, giving false answers, or refusing, obstructing or avoiding inspection or disinfection, may be punishaed with a fine not exceeding 300,000 yen.

 

2.Questionnaires

 

Q9:Do all persons entering Japan have to fill in and submit them?

A9:No. They are only for persons who have entered Japan on planes and ships on which the questionnaires were distributed.

Q10:By what criteria is it determined which planes and ships should distribute the questionnaires?

A10:It is decided based on planes and ships arriving in Japan from regions where there have been outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever. 

Q11:Where are the questionnaires distributed?

A11:They will be distributed on the applicable planes and ships, etc.

Q12: I left my questionnaire on the plane. What should I do?

A12:Please notify Animal Quarantine officers in the baggage claim area.

Q13: When should I fill in the questionnaire?

A13:After arriving in Japan, it will be collected in the baggage claim area after you have gone through immigration inspection, so please either have it filled in by then or fill it in at Animal Quarantine counter.

Q14:How do I fill in the questionnaire?

A14:Please see here (Example)(PDF:1,024KB)

Q15:I am entering Japan with my family. Does every member of the family have to fill in the questionnaire?

A15:If entering as a family, please have a family representative fill in and submit a single questionnaire.

Q16:What should I do with the filled-in questionnaire? Where should I submit the questionnaire?

A16:After arriving in Japan, it will be collected in the baggage claim area after you have gone through immigration inspection.

  • Persons who have answered "NO" to all questions, please either put the questionnaire in the "Collection Box" as directed, or hand it to Animal Quarantine officers.
  • Persons who have answered "YES" to any questions, please either take your questionnaire to Animal Quarantine counter in the baggage claim area, or hand it to Animal Quarantine officers. According to the contents of your answers, your accompanied items will be inspected and disinfected, and you will be given guidance from animal health point of view. 

Q17:If I submit a questionnaire, is import inspection of items (such as meat, etc.) no longer required?

A17:No. It is still required. Please bring the items to Animal Quarantine counter in the baggage claim area. See here for information about bringing items subject to inspection, such as meat, into Japan.

Q18:I answered "YES" to a question, but I placed my questionnaire in the collection box by mistake. What should I do?

A18:Please contact Animal Quarantine Service immediately. If you do not contact us, we will contact you after the questionnaire has been collected.

Q19:The questionnaire has to be filled in with personal information; will it be managed appropriately after submission?

A19:Submitted questionnaires are treated as administrative documents, and they will be managed appropriately in accordance with relevant regulations.

Q20:I was not given a questionnaire; however, before coming to Japan, I came in contact with domestic animals or visited livestock related facility. What should I do?

A20:Please notify an Animal Quarantine officers.

 


   

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