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Home > Export/Import > Customs Answer(FAQ) > 9006 Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Animal Quarantine) (FAQ): Japan Customs

9006 Pamphlet for Overseas Tourists (Animal Quarantine)(FAQ)

  Animal quarantine is a quarantine system that is implemented worldwide for the purpose of preventing the incursion of animal illnesses and diseases. Japan conducts both import and export inspections for cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens, pheasants, ostriches, guinea fowls, turkeys, quails, anserine birds such as ducks and geese, rabbits, honey bees and other animals as well as products and goods manufactured or derived from these animals. Inspections are conducted upon arrival and departure in order to prevent the incursion into Japan of rabies about dog, cat, raccoon, fox and skunk, and Leptospirosis about dog. In addition, monkeys are also subject to inspection upon entry in order to prevent the incursion into Japan of diseases that are transmitted from monkeys to humans that have not yet occurred in Japan such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever and Marburg viral disease.

  Airports or seaports of entry for these animals and animal products are designated. Please contact the nearest animal quarantine station for details.

Please contact the nearest animal quarantine station for details.

1.Bringing Animal Products into Japan

[Animal products required to animal quarantine]
  • Meat, organ, bone, horn, skin, fur, egg, fresh milk and dung
  • Ham, sausage, and bacon made from meat or the like
  • Products including meat or the like
  • cloven-hoofed animals (cow, pig, sheep, goat, and deer)
  • equine animal (horse and donkey)
  • poultry (chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, guinea fowl, turkey, anserine birds such as duck and goose)
  • rabbit and honey bee
  • dog
  1. (1) Bringing animals and meat products into Japan requires an inspection certificate issued by an organization of the exporting government (equivalent to the Japanese Animal Quarantine Station). The Certificate is required regardless of transport type, such as cargo, accompanied, or postal article, of quantity, or of usage such as gifts or personal consumption, etc. No animals or meat products can be brought into Japan without this inspection certificate, even if they have been bought at the Tax-free shops of the airport.
  2. (2) Importation of beef meat, bovine organs, and any other products of bovine origin such as hams sausages, bacons etc. from certain countries or regions is prohibited. There may be a case where temporal suspension of import may be imposed due to the outbreak of livestock infections in the countries from which importation of animals and meat products are permitted. For details, please inquire at the nearest Animal Quarantine Station.
  3. (3) Upon arrival, please bring in the livestock products with the certified inspection to the Animal Quarantine Counter located in the airport/seaport (Customs Inspection Area) for inspection. Please note that the product cannot be brought into Japan if the package is opened before the inspection at the Animal Quarantine Counter.

2. Procedures to Bring Animals into Japan (Import) and Procedures to Take Animals out of Japan (Export)

[Animals required to undergo animal quarantine]
  • Cloven-hoofed animal (cow, pig, sheep, goat, and deer)
  • Equine animal (horse and donkey)
  • Poultry (chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, guinea fowl, turkey, and anserine birds such as duck and goose,)
  • Rabbit and honey bee
  • Dog, cat, raccoon, fox and skunk
  • Monkey(only importation)
  Necessary procedures are different depending on the imported animal, please inquire to the nearest Animal Quarantine Station in advance for details. Please note that the Government of Japan changed its quarantine system concerning dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks, with the changes taking effect on 6 November 2004. For details of the new system, please visit the website of the Animal Quarantine Station at (
   For details of the procedures, please contact the nearest Animal Quarantine Station.

3. Import Prohibition Animals

  Importation of the following animals is prohibited under the Law Concerning the Prevention of Infections and Medical Care for Patients of Infections.
  • Ferret badger
  • Bat
  • Raccoon
  • Masked palm civet
  • Prairie dog
  • Mastomys
  Importation of monkeys is, in principle, strictly prohibited except from some countries (the U.S., China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Guyana, Surinam, Cambodia) under certain conditions. Even for monkeys imported form the approved exporting countries, inspection upon import is still required. For details, please contact the Animal Quarantine Station, Narita Branch, or Kansai Airport Branch.

Inquiries (Animal Quarantine Service)


Telephone number


Telephone number

Yokohama Head Office


Chubu Airport Branch


(Livestock Quarantine Department)


(Cargo Inspection Office)


Kawasaki SB


Nagoya CSB


Hokkaido SB


Komatsu CSB


(Otaru Office)


Kansai Airport Branch


(Iburi Station)


(Cargo Inspection Office)


Sendai Airport SB


Komatsujima KSB


Niigata Airport SB


(Takamatsu Airport office)


Shimizu SB


Kobe Branch


Narita Branch


Osaka KSB


(Narita Airport Terminal1)


Okayama Airport KSB


(Cargo Inspection Office)


Hiroshima Airport KSB


(Narita Airport Terminal 2)


Moji Branch


(3rd Quarantine Inspection Division)


Hakata MSB


(4th Quarantine Inspection Division)


Fukuoka Airport MSB


Haneda Airport Branch


Nagasaki Airport MSB


(Cargo Inspection Office)


Kagoshima Airport MSB


Tokyo HSB


Okinawa Branch


(Chiba Office)


Naha Airport OSB


(Note) SB: Yokohama head office sub-branch
HSB: Haneda sub-branch
CSB: Chubu sub-branch
KSB: Kobe sub-branch
MSB: Moji sub-branch
OSB: Okinawa sub-branch

(Reference) Website of the Animal Quarantine Service:

For consultations on customs procedures, please contact the nearest Customs Counselor.
Please see No. 9301 for inquiries.