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Customs and Quarantine

Visitors to Japan are required to fill in and submit the documents specified below.

Upon arrival in Japan, visitors must make an oral or written customs declaration of personal belongings. One copy of a written declaration is necessary should the value of personal belongings exceed the tax exempt limit or should the entrant be in possession of weapons such as firearms or swords. Two copies are required in the case of the later arrival of unaccompanied baggage. Customs declaration forms are available on the airplane or ship of arrival or at the customs office at the point of entry.

Tax Exempt Articles

Personal belongings carried in by the visitor or sent later as unaccompanied baggage are exempt from duties provided that they fall within the range of exemptions specified below. Should the visitor have both accompanied and unaccompanied baggage, they should be considered together and treated as tax exempt up to the allowable amount.
(1) Personal Effects and Professional Equipment
Clothes, toiletries, and other personal belongings for personal use, as well as necessary professional equipment intended for use during the stay in Japan, are all free of duty and/or tax provided that the amount of the articles is deemed reasonable by a customs officer and provided that the articles are not for subsequent sale in Japan.
(2) Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco Products, Perfume, etc.
Within the limits specified below, the following articles may also be brought into Japan duty free:
Alcoholic beverages: 3 bottles (A bottle contains approximately 760cc.)
Wrapped tobacco: Japanese-made and foreign-made cigarettes:400 cigarette each, in the event both cigarettes and cigars (or only cigars) are brought in, one cigar shall be calculated as equalling four cigarettes.
Perfume: 2 ounces (1 ounce is equivalent to about 28 cc; eau de cologne and eau de toilette are exempt.)
Others: 200,000 yen (total overseas market value)
*The total overseas market value of all articles other than the above items must be under ¥200,000. Any item whose overseas market value is ¥10,000 or less is free of duty and/or tax and is not included in the calculation of the total overseas market value of all articles. However, there is no duty-free allowance for individual articles or sets of articles having a market value of ¥200,000 or more.

Vaccinations and Quarantine

There are no requirements for foreign travelers from any country regarding certificates of vaccination. There are, however, restrictions on bringing in or taking out plants. For more details, contact the website of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

List of Embassies and Consulates in Japan