Quarantine – Plant, Animal and Food

Introduction

Passengers bringing plants and plant products (including fruits, vegetables, and seeds) or animals and animals products (including meat products, milk, eggs) into Japan must have them inspected at the Plant and Animal Quarantine counter and have relevant certification/documentation. Certification is issued by an organisation (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) of the exporting government. Those who bring these products into Japan without permission could be prosecuted. Required documentation:
 
Your shoes need to be disinfected on arrival at Japan. Please refrain from visiting farms with livestock before departing for Japan. Passengers who have visited a farm, or been in contact with livestock or who have shoes that have been contaminated with soil should stop at the Animal Quarantine.
 
You don’t need to have an import inspection for highly processed foods and items such as wooden furniture, tea, canned or bottle products.  For example, it is fine to bring Tim Tams and chocolate or lollies into Japan. Customs / Quarantine will let you take these items into Japan with no certification/permission. Please read HERE for further information.
 
Summary
Type Examples Action
Plant Protection Station
  Items that are prohibited entry into 
  Japan
  Avocadoes, Cashews, Kiwi Fruits 
  etc… Full List
 
  You cannot take any of these plants
  or their products into Japan as they
  are banned.
 
 
  Items subject to an Import 
  Inspection
 
 
  Seeds, grains, cereals, dried flowers,
  beans and legumes, nuts, etc…
 
 
  A Phytosanitary Certificates is
  required.
 
 
  Items not subject to an Import 
  Inspection
 
 
  Highly processed foods – wooden
  furniture, tea, canned or bottled
  products (i.e. Tim Tams, Chocolate)
 
  Usually you don’t need an
  inspection and you can go straight
  through Quarantine/Customs.
Animal Quarantine Station
  Importing Animals into Japan   Dogs, Cats, Horses, Cows,
  Monkeys, etc…
 
  You must meet import requirements
  and obtain certification.
 
  Importing Animal Products into 
  Japan
  Meat Products, eggs, honey, milk,
  etc…
 
  You must obtain an Inspection 
  Certificate.
 

Information

1. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Website (English / Japanese)
2. Japanese Quarantine Import Database (English / Japanese)

3. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (English / 厚生労働省)
4. Japan Customs
5. Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)
6. Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Contact Information

If you have any further quarantine enquiries, after reading the above information, please direct them to the relevant quarantine stations in Japan.
 
Quarantine Stations
Importation of Food Products – Not Subject to an Import Inspection
   (All Japanese Quarantine Stations Food Inspection Division / Narita International Airport)
    Narita Airport
    Telephone: +81-476-32-6741
    Email: narita-keneki@keneki.go.jp
 
    Haneda Airport
    Telephone: +81-3-6847-9320
    Email: tokyoairport-keneki@keneki.go.jp
 
 
    Osaka (Kansai) International Airport
    Telephone: +81-724-55-1290
    Email: kanku-keneki@keneki.go.jp
 
    Chubu Airport (Nagoya)
    Telephone: +81-569-38-8195
    Email: chubuairport-keneki@keneki.go.jp

    Contact List of Japanese Quarantine Stations
    For further contact information including other areas in Japan, please click HERE.
 
Plant Protection Station
    Yokohama Plant Protection Station
    Telephone: +81 -45-211-7152
    Contact Form: HERE

 
 
    Narita International Airport
    Yokohama Plant Protection Station, Narita
    Terminal1 Telephone:+81-476-32-6694
    Terminals 2/3 Telephone:+81-476-34-2352
 
Animal Quarantine Station
    Yokohama Head Office
    Telephone: +81-45-751-5921
    Online Form: Import / Export

 
 
    Animal Quarantine Station, Narita Branch
    Terminal1 Telephone:+81-476-32-6664
    Terminal2 Telephone:+81-476-34-2342
    Terminal3 Telephone:+81-476-34-4260
    Email: na-k1@aqs.maff.go.jp