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All You Need To Know About Pet Travel to Japan

As you plan your move to the enchanting country of Japan, the question arises: How do you get your pet travel there? Traveling with pets can be a complicated process, particularly for countries like Japan with strict pet import requirements. Let’s unravel the intricacies of relocating your furry companions to Japan.

When To Start The Process

Starting the preparations for international pet travel well in advance is always our approach, and this recommendation holds particularly true for those considering a move to Japan. The meticulous entry requirements imposed by Japan necessitate a 180-day (6-month) or longer preparation period to ensure that pets meet all necessary criteria.

Key Import Requirements

Microchip: Pets must have a ISO compliant microchip implanted prior to their rabies vaccination.

Rabies Vaccination: Pets must have TWO (2) or more rabies vaccinations prior to entry into Japan. There can be no lapse in the two vaccinations.

Blood Test: After your pet has been given their second rabies vaccination they must take a blood test to check rabies antibody levels (FAVN or RNATT). The rabies titer test must be sent to a laboratory approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

Advanced Notice: Pet owners must notify the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) of Japan no later than 40 days before arrival.

Waiting Period: Dogs and cats must undergo a waiting period of at least 180 days from the date of the rabies titer test sample collection to their arrival in Japan. In the event that the 180-day period hasn’t elapsed by the time the animal reaches Japan, it will be subjected to quarantine at an AQS facility to fulfill the remaining days of the mandatory waiting period.

Health Certificates: Japan’s pet travel requirements, particularly the USDA health certificates, can undergo changes at any moment. To ensure that your pet’s documentation is up-to-date and compliant with the latest regulations, our pet relocation experts at World Pet Travel are committed to providing the most current Japanese health certificates before your pet begins on its journey.

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Please note: The requirements mentioned here are not complete, and there are additional details to consider when preparing for your pet’s travel to Japan. Import requirements are subject to change at any time. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is strongly advised to consult with your pet relocation specialist.

Military Exception

Active duty military families planning to reside on-base have the option to request a waiver for the 180-day waiting period for their pets. If approved, your pet can fulfill the necessary waiting period in Japan after undergoing the FAVN test, provided that your family has secured military housing.

If securing on-base housing is not an option, there may still be an alternative for your pet to bypass the 180-day waiting period. Your pet could potentially fulfill the waiting period by being quarantined at a kennel located on the military base.

World Pet Travel

At World Pet Travel, our expertise extends seamlessly to pets traveling to Japan, catering to both civilian and military relocations. Drawing from firsthand experience, one of our team members is a military spouse who has successfully relocated her own furry companions to Japan. We take pride in our team’s personal understanding of the challenges and intricacies involved in such journeys.

Feel free to explore what others have said about their experiences with World Pet Travel, and rest assured that your pets will receive the same level of care and expertise that we’ve consistently provided to countless satisfied clients.

“I was so impressed with World Pet Travel all the way from the quote process through Moose arriving in Japan. All the agents were professional while also being personable and understanding of the stress of shipping an animal. All communication both over the phone and through email was clear and thorough. I never felt like the agents were just trying to get a job done. They really made an effort to show care and concern.” -Snow Family


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