Have you ever wondered how to take your pet to Japan? Nowadays it is even difficult to find anyone who does not have a pet friend. Here in Brazil, for example, it is the second country with the most domestic animals in the world based on the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
According to 2018 data, there are more than 139.3 million domestic animals, that is, this number is higher than that of children in their homes. So, sometimes you need to take a trip and there is nowhere or anyone to leave your pet with, here comes the concern: Can I take my pet to travel with me?
Japan is one of the most demanding destinations in this regard. They are strict not to take the risk of taking pets with a problem that can be passed on to other animals or even to humans.
Therefore, in order to take your pet to Japan it is necessary to strictly follow a series of requirements that financially can generate a little high costs. And remember that the whole process takes time, so be patient and be prepared.
Now that we've seen that it is possible to take your four-legged friend to Japan, let's see what needs to be done to make sure everything is done smoothly.
How to take cats and dogs to Japan
One of the first things that it is essential to look for are airlines that have their specifications on the transport of animals very clear and then the comfort of your animal since the trip to Japan is long.
The standard recommended by Japan is the introduction of a microchip in the pet (ISO 11784 and 11785), which can be done in most veterinary clinics. But rest assured that your pet will not feel pain!
Everyone knows the importance of keeping your pet's vaccination card up to date, but when this chip is inserted, previous vaccines are not valid, so you need to vaccinate it after insertion.
The indispensable vaccine is against rabies and as here in Brazil the inactive virus is used for immunization so it is accepted by Japan, but it costs nothing to confirm with the veterinarian!
It is also essential to find out about the period of validity of the vaccine, as it can only take the animal for the duration of the immunization.
After the vaccine the animal will undergo a blood test to be tested for antibodies against rabies. The laboratory for the exam must be internationally valid.
Next is having the patience to wait another 180 days to enter Japan. If there is no such wait, the pet will be quarantined in Japan until this period is completed.
Forms and shipping Pet
When you plan to take your furry friend to Japan you must inform within forty days for the trip that will take you. You must contact the Animal Quarantine Service at the airport you will be arriving in Japan.
The notification is made online, as soon as it is accepted you will receive an approval that will be printed and delivered to check in. Oh, and the form can be done in its original language, but if it is done in Japanese it will be quicker to wait.
With 10 left for the trip to Japan, the pet must undergo a veterinary evaluation to make sure that everything is fine with his health. Then you must purchase a country of origin certificate with the following animal data:
- Birth and age of the animal;
- Pet's name;
- Microship identification and insertion date
- Validity of rabies vaccine, number of doses, product and manufacturer;
- All blood test information;
- Result of final exams.
This certificate must be approved by the government authority of the country itself.
And how to take our pet as comfortable as possible?
There are some limitations with regard to animal transport boxes. There are several models and sizes, but it is important to pay attention to the standard that is requested. See what requirements to be followed when obtaining the animal transport box for traveling:
- The box should be 10 cm larger between the end of the animal's head and the box, with space for it to roll and lie down;
- They must be well reinforced and without loops, as they can loosen depending on how the animal moves;
- There must be ventilation openings on all four sides, so that the animal cannot leave any part of it outside;
- It cannot have wheels;
- To prevent the animal from becoming restless, it is good to leave a toy that he likes or blanket;
- The bottom of the box must contain an absorbent mat and be waterproof;
- The water container must have a dosing spout.
- Once again! Boxes with clips are not allowed.
Is it possible to take other animals to Japan?
When it comes to pets what comes to mind first are dogs and cats, but these are not the only ones considered pets. Birds, for example, are in second place for animals that Brazilians prefer to have at home. Dogs come first and cats come third. But there are those who like other animals such as reptiles, rabbits, rodents, fish and many others.
To find out more details about these animals you should contact the governmental authority of your country responsible for the export and import of animals or the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
On the website of the Japanese ministry, you can better understand the process of taking other animals to Japan: https://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/im_index.html
On this website you can find out about any type of animal you want to take, from dogs to bees! Only the site is in Japanese and English. But regardless of the animal you want to take, the most important thing is to do everything within the rules so you don't have a headache!
If you live in Japan? Should I take the animal?
Now that you know the correct way to take your pet, make sure before you know if the place where you are going to live allows animals. If the house is yours, it will probably be easy, but most lives in apartments or condos that do not allow animals.
I have seen in some apartments, the owners have cats and rabbits, but dogs are probably more difficult because of the bark.