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  • Guide to importing dogs and cats (from Non-designated regions)

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    This guide describes the requirements and necessary procedures for importing dogs and cats into Japan from Non-designated regions.

    We strongly recommend reading this guide if you are planning to bring dogs or cats into Japan.

    For further information, feel free to contact Animal Quarantine Service.

    Appended Form 5-2

    Guide to importing dogs and cats into Japan

    from Non-designated regions

    (Final revision: April, 2017)

    Animal Quarantine Service

    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

    What are the Non-designated regions?

    All countries or regions other than Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii and Guam.

    *The designation is subject to change due to the prevalence of rabies or the revision of quarantine regulations.

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    A. Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 3 Importers responsibility................................................................................................... 3 Animals covered by this guide ......................................................................................... 3

    B. Import quarantine procedures ............................................................................................ 4 Flow chart .......................................................................................................................... 4 STEP 1: Microchip ............................................................................................................. 5 STEP 2: Rabies vaccination (twice or more) ................................................................... 6 STEP 3: Rabies antibody test (serological test) .............................................................. 7 STEP 4: Waiting period (180 days or more) ..................................................................... 8 STEP 5: Advance notification ........................................................................................... 9

    1. Submission of notification ............................................................................................ 9 2. Approval of Import Inspection of Animals ................................................................... 10 3. Modification of Notification ......................................................................................... 10

    STEP 6: Clinical inspection before departure (pre-export inspection) ........................ 11 STEP 7: Obtaining certificates issued by the government agency of the exporting country 12

    1. Required information in the certificates ...................................................................... 12 2. Advance confirmation of the certificates ..................................................................... 13

    STEP 8: Import inspection after arrival in Japan ........................................................... 14 1. Inspection upon arrival ............................................................................................... 14 2. Quarantine inspection at a detention facility of Animal Quarantine Service ................ 16

    [Reference 1] Rabies vaccination administered before microchip implanting ........... 18 [Reference 2] Notes for transportation .......................................................................... 20

    1. Ports of entry where import is allowed ........................................................................ 20 2. Health condition for transport ..................................................................................... 20 3. Transport cage ........................................................................................................... 21 4. Types of transportation ............................................................................................... 21

    [Reference 3] Recommended treatments (vaccinations, parasite treatment) ............. 22 1. Vaccinations (combination vaccine) ........................................................................... 22 2. Treatment for external and internal parasites ............................................................. 22

    C. List of Animal Quarantine Service .................................................................................... 23 D. Management after import into Japan ................................................................................ 24

    Contents

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    Inspections and treatments in the exporting country

    Advance notification

    Obtaining all necessary documents including certificates

    Arrangements for transportation

    Application for Import Inspection upon arrival in Japan

    Measures and expenses for quarantine at a detention facility, if necessary

    Reshipment or euthanasia if import is not permitted

    Other matters that an animal quarantine officer may instruct as necessary

    Dogs and cats imported into Japan must undergo import quarantine in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law and, additionally for dogs, the Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control Law. For dogs and cats meeting certain requirements upon arrival in Japan, the quarantine period (for

    import inspection) will be within 12 hours. Any dogs and cats that do not meet the requirements will be subject to quarantine at a detention

    facility of Animal Quarantine Service for the necessary period (up to 180 days). Depending on the results of the import inspection, the dog or cat cannot be allowed to enter Japan.

    The importer (person planning to import dogs or cats) is responsible for the following

    obligations at their own expense. You should begin the importation procedure only after fully

    understanding and accepting these obligations.

    This guide applies to the following animals and first-generation hybrids*1 between these and other

    animals.

    Type of

    animal

    Family Genus Species Scientific name*2

    Dog Canidae Canis Domestic dog Canis familiaris

    Cat Felidae Felis Domestic cat Felis catus

    *1 First-generation hybrid: a cross between distinctly different parental types.

    Examples: Wolfdog (domestic dog wolf); Savannah cat (domestic cat serval)

    *2 Source: A World List of Mammals with Japanese Names (Heibonsha Limited, 1998)

    A. Introduction

    Importers responsibility

    Animals covered by this guide

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    Flow chart

    Blood sampling

    Rabies vaccination (1st) *at least 91 days old

    Rabies vaccination (2nd)

    Rabies antibody test

    *equal to or greater than 0.5IU/ml

    Waiting period

    Import inspection Arrival

    Expiry of 2nd

    rabies vaccine

    2 years Validity

    period of rabies

    antibody

    test

    180 days or more

    (The date of

    blood sampling

    is day 0)

    30 days or more before the 1st vaccine expired

    (the date of 1st vaccination is day 0)

    . STEP 1

    . STEP 2

    . STEP 2

    . STEP 3

    . STEP 5

    . STEP 6

    . STEP 8

    . STEP 7

    . STEP 4

    Microchip

    (identification)

    Advance Notification

    *not less than 40 days before arrival.

    Pre-export inspection

    Obtaining certificates

    *at least 30 days after the 1st vaccination

    and before the 1st vaccine expired

    Same day

    is possible

    B. Import quarantine procedures

    Same day

    is possible

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    Timing of microchip implanting

    Recommended microchip standards

    *What is a microchip?

    This is a small chip that contains a unique identification number. An inserter shaped like an injection syringe is

    used to implant the microchip under the skin. The number is read by a specially designed scanner, enabling

    identification of the dog or cat.

    All dogs and cats imported into Japan must be identified by a microchip.

    The microchip must be implanted before the first rabies vaccination [ STEP 2].

    (Both procedures can be performed on the same day.)

    ISO 11784 and 11785 (15-digit microchip code which consists only of numbers.)

    (ISO: International Organization for Standardization)

    Microchip can be implanted at a veterinary hospital.

    Make sure that the microchip number can be read by a microchip reader upon each inspection

    and treatment at a veterinary hospital.

    If the microchip number cannot be read or the microchip number does not match the number on

    the certificates issued by the government agency of the exporting country [ STEP 7] at the

    import inspection [ STEP 8], the dog or cat will be subject to 180-day quarantine [ STEP

    8-2] or be returned or euthanized at the importers own expense.

    If the microchip is not in accordance with ISO standards, or if a method other than microchip is

    used for identification, you should contact Animal Quarantine Service at the expected port of

    entry [ p. 23].

    Rabies vaccination [ STEP 2] administered before microchip implanting is invalid, but it may be

    accepted under certain conditions. [ Reference 1]

    Precautions

    STEP 1: Microchip

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    *What is the effective period?

    This is not the expiration date