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Animal/Pets Quarantine - Taking Pets out of Japan

Japan With Kids - Forums: Moving to and Leaving Japan: Leaving Japan: Animal/Pets Quarantine - Taking Pets out of Japan
Related topic is at: Moving To Japan: Animal/Pets Quarantine - Bringing Pets to Japan
By Kim on Saturday, September 8, 2001 - 6:57 am:

Just a quick note, in the hopes of saving some of you a lot of hassle.

I'm planning to leave Japan at some point in the next year, and I'm taking my dog and cat with me. Two of my potential destinations (UK and Hawaii) have quarantine (6 months in the UK, 3 in Hawaii). Fortunately, they both have programs which, if followed, can reduce or eliminate the time your pet has to spend in quarantine.

Unfortunately, the programs are significantly different from each other, and both are tricky to follow, especially in Japan.
For more info on the quarantine requirements, see:
For the UK:
For Hawaii:

Some quick hints:
- Start early and plan carefully! Getting all the shots and tests done on schedule can be troublesome, especially if your vet decides to go on holiday at a crucial time.
- Even if you're not planning to leave soon, keep all records of your pets' vaccinations. Vets here always give out rabies vaccination certificates, but they don't usually record vaccine types or lot/serial numbers, which are necessary for quarantine paperwork. You can save a lot of time and money if you can make last year's vaccinations 'count' towards quarantine.
- Triple check the microchip and vaccine requirements before your vet orders the wrong type. Obvious, I know - but only in hindsight!
- When sending blood samples off to labs for tests, you need an export licence (for dogs, anyway). Call your nearest quarantine office to find out how:
- Odaiba 03 3529 3021
- Haneda 03 5756 4860
- Narita 0476 342 342

- Hiroshi Shizume of the Yoyogi Animal Hospital (03 5388 4661) speaks English, knows about quarantine requirements (not so well that you shouldn't do all the checking yourself, mind), implants microchips, and even does house calls (a life saver for me with my timid dog and uncooperative cat). I highly recommend him.

Hope this helps. Kim.

By Josephine Peyser on Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 10:46 am:

Does anyone know about bringing a dog back to the US from Japan? Does the US require quarantine?

By Sandy Cox on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 11:42 am:

Here is info on exporting your dog to the USA if that is your destination.

By Ava on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 10:27 am:

hi, i would like to know any information on how to bring pets on the plane.. i will return to my country and i would like to bring my pet with me.. any info will be much appreciated.. thanks.

By Scott Hancock on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 11:22 am:

Ava- You should check with the airline you'll be flying on because they all have varying policies.

By Nancy on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 9:25 pm:

Ava, in addition to Scott's suggestion, you may also want to double check the rules regarding importing your pet into your home country. Your embassy may be able to assist you with this. Of course the airlines should know the rules, but it is always a good idea to obtain the information first hand. The rules vary by country and by type of pet.

By Ava on Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 12:26 pm:

thanks for the replies. anyway we will try to process and finish all the requirements before our departure if not then we will have to give away the pup to a friend.. thanks...

By Nancy on Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 4:08 pm:

Ava, are you leaving so soon that you may have to "give away the pup to a friend"?L It is not that difficult to relocate with a dog, and there are companies that specialise in this if you are overwhelmed with the details. you have children, please consider how they might feel about moving and leaving the family pet behind.

By lara coysh on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 12:50 pm:

hi, has anyone here sent a cat to australia?
I'm just wondering about services that handle the last part of the exporting when my cat goes to narita and the health checks that occur before she gets on the plane.
any info appreciated.
I emailed -

but I'm wondering about other services. thanks, all

By Admin on Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 6:38 pm:

Microchipping your pet is supposed to make it easier to move your pet and avoid part or all of various quarantines depending on destination country, but it has to be done well ahead of time. In some cases, maybe 8 months is required.

Here are some up-to-date links that might be helpful. There are further links for other countries if you research on the internet. You have to deal with the Japan end of things as well as the destination country, AND each airline has it's own policies too, so don't buy plane tickets until you've figured out if they will even carry your pet.

Exporting Pets (Japan)
Importing Pets (UK)
Shipping Information
most recent quote here is 2006 (he's waiting to receive more details from people who have recently received quotes)
Japan Luggage Express

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