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Japan – Importing a Pet

If you are moving to Japan with your furry friend, it is essential to understand the country’s regulations and requirements for importing pets. Japan has strict requirements for importing pets to ensure they do not introduce any diseases or pests into the country. This article will answer some commonly asked questions about importing pets into Japan.

Japan’s Pet Importation Rules

Japan allows the import of pets. However, the Japanese government has specific requirements for bringing pets into the country.

Restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into Japan

Japan has restrictions on which types of pets can be imported into the country. Cats and dogs are the only types of pets that can be imported into Japan. There are no restrictions on breeds.

Pet Vaccination Requirements in Japan

To import a pet into Japan, it must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before entering Japan.

Importation Application Procedure in Japan

Pet owners must obtain an import permit from the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) in Japan. The permit must be obtained before the pet’s arrival in Japan, and it is recommended to apply for it as early as possible, as the process can take several months.


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Paperwork and other requirements needed to import a pet to Japan

  • Import permit from the AQS
  • Health certificate issued by a veterinarian within ten days of the pet’s arrival in Japan
  • Proof of rabies vaccination
  • Microchip implantation record

Quarantine Rules in Japan

All cats and dogs entering Japan are subject to a 12 to 180-day quarantine period. The length of the quarantine depends on the country of origin and the pet’s vaccination history.

However, pets from certain countries, including the United States, can enter Japan without being subject to quarantine if specific requirements are met.

International Travel Scheme for Pets

Japan is part of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), which provides information and resources to pet owners traveling with their pets.

Pet Licenses in Japan

Individuals do not need to obtain a license for their pet in Japan.

Relevant Government Websites

The Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) in Japan provides useful information on importing pets, including the application process, required documents, and quarantine requirements. The website can be accessed at http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/index.html.


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