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Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
1. Animals that are found to be disease free will be released to the owner's custody, subject to the following restrictions:
a. Three (3) copies of the rabies vaccination certificate (DD208, the original and two copies) must accompany the animal during transit. The rabies vaccination must have been administered more than 30 days but less than 365 days prior to the animal's entry into Japan.
b. An animal that is less than 90 days old does not require a rabies vaccination, but will be placed in a Japanese or U.S. Forces quarantine facility. Upon reaching 90 days of age, the animal will be given a rabies vaccination and kept in a quarantine facility for a period of 30 days. After 30 days time, the animal will be released to the owner for a required "home quarantine." (Note: Quarantine in Japanese facilities will be at the owner's expense.) Please refer to the web site above or at the end of this section, for the latest information of pet quarantine periods.
c. Three (3) copies of the health certificate (DD2209, the original and two copies) must also accompany the animal during transit. The veterinarian who examines your pet issues this certificate, which must be dated within ten days before the animal's arrival into Japan.
d. Important! If the rabies vaccination and/or the health certificates are obtained from an off-base or civilian veterinarian, you must take the original rabies certificate/health certificate to a Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A USDA veterinarian must sign both certificates and place the USDA stamp on the back of each copy. The signature without the stamp is not valid for entry into Japan. Failure to have certificates stamped will result in quarantine until the stamp is obtained via U.S. Mail. GOJ authorities will not recognize an individual (state) department of agriculture stamp. The stamp must be USDA!
2. Companion animals arriving in Japan aboard commercial aircraft:
a. Companion animals that enter at a Japanese airport are to be picked up at the airport and processed through the Japanese Animal Quarantine Service at the airport.
b. Before the animal can be processed by the Animal Quarantine Service Personnel, the owner or authorized representative (via Special Power of Attorney) must fill out a Form 380EJ "Customs Free Import and Export of Cargo" or "Customs Declaration of Personal Property." This form is available at the Customs Check Point upon entry.
c. Upon arrival at the Animal Quarantine Counter the Japanese personnel will initiate a Pet Quarantine and Examination Certificate (Form MDJ-270). Pet owners or their authorized representative (via Special Power of Attorney) must be able to provide the following information: military address (duty station), rank/rate, duty phone and temporary address
d. You will be required to sign this form stating you will present your pet for quarantine examination following the required period of "Home Quarantine" at a U.S. Forces Veterinary Office. Failure to present the animal for quarantine release may result in a fine of up to 50,000 Japanese yen (at 115 yen to the U.S. dollar, this is approximately $435.00).
IAW COMFLEACTINST 6200.1N, cats and dogs at Yokosuka require microchip implants. Japan currently allows all types of dog/cat breeds, no breed restrictions. For the best and most up-to-date information on importing your pets into Japan, be sure to visit the Army Pet Shipment website or contact Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka's veterinary clinic at DSN 315-243-6820 or internationally dial 011-81-46-816-6820.
Research is the key word prior to shipping your pet to Japan. If you are flying here commercially not all airlines will accept pets for journey over a certain amount of hours. Each airline has their own rules, restrictions and fees. Fees are usually based on size of the crate and/or weight of the cargo (your pet). Most airlines have weather restrictions for both the hot and cold seasons, as said earlier do the research ahead of time to ensure your pet reaches Japan in a safe and timely manner.
If your pet will be traveling as checked luggage provide a sturdy, leak-proof crate (lined with absorbent material such as newspaper) that is large enough for the animal to stand, lie down, or turn around in, but not so large that the animal would be battered around in rough weather. Most U.S. carriers have shipping containers in various sizes available for purchase. However, shop early as they may not have all sizes in stock at the particular time you need one. Be sure to check with the airline for the cost of shipping your pet, in most cases there is always some type of charge, this is based specifically on the airline you will be traveling with. Also, be aware that there could be a charge for your pet even when taking an Air Mobility Command (AMC) flight. Other tips include:
Once you arrive in Narita and Haneda and submit the Advance notification form as well as the Application for Pet Inspection, prior to arriving. If you arrive AMC to Yokota the notification forms are not necessary.
Pets may not be brought aboard the Navy shuttle buses/vans. If you will be arriving with your pet(s), you will need to coordinate with your sponsor at your gaining command for alternate transportation or contact the Public Works Transportation office to arrange for transportation of your pets to Yokosuka base.
NEX Taxi Chauffer Service
In addition to public works or your sponsor, the Yokosuka Navy Exchange operates a Taxi Chauffer (Van) Service. The NEX Chauffer Taxi Service provides transportation for a maximum of 6 passengers per van and their luggage every day of the week. If requiring early pick up (driver has to be on the road at 0600 or earlier) or late pick up (driver has to be on the road 2200 or later), add $30 to the fare. Available if needing one way transportation or round trip transportation. Please see options below.
As of June 6, 2005, Japan began enforcing a quarantine program for import and export of animals and pets. As active duty military members, members of the civilian component and their respective dependents enter Japan under the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), US Forces Japan (USFJ) negotiated with the Government of Japan over how this new pet quarantine program affect SOFA status personnel. Because of USFJ and Japan function under the US-Japan SOFA, the new pet quarantine program applied to SOFA status personnel, the requirements published by the Government of Japan, the US State Department, the USDA, and the USFJ may conflict.
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) quarantine inspectors and Public Health Command veterinarians will determine the length of each pet's quarantine period when the pet arrives in Japan. The quarantine periods will range up to 180 days. All quarantine guidelines, necessary import forms, and contact information may be found on the Japan District Veterinary Command website:
USFJ has been able to champion "Home Quarantine" as a concession for US SOFA personnel. This quarantine allows service members to maintain their pets in their own custody within their assigned on-base quarters during the assessed quarantine period. Personnel who are most affected are SOFA members who are required to live in off-base housing. If a quarantine period is assessed, military members who live off-base will be required to pay for quarantine boarding expenses for their pets in on-base kenneling facilities or incur the significant expense of quarantining their pet at the Airport Animal Quarantine Station facility.
Service members who may be required to kennel their pets for up to 180 days will incur a tremendous cost. The JFTR and the JTR provide limited reimbursement for quarantine costs for service members ($550) and DoD civilians ($500 to $1,000), respectively.
The Government of Japan (GOJ) Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) determines quarantine requirements for all animals entering Japan. THE AUTHORITY for information about pet import to Japan for SOFA-sponsored personnel is the Public Health Command. If you plan to bring your pet(s) to Japan obtain the latest PET IMPORT requirements and details from the web link posted in the Public Health Command District - Japan website. Always contact your sponsor or your gaining command at Yokosuka ASAP and let them know you plan to bring your pet(s). FFSC Yokosuka and the Yokosuka Housing Office are NOT the authority for pet import. However, we will do our best to assist you to make contact with the service providers who ARE.
Notice!!! ANY in-home quarantine of our pets is a PRIVILEGE that MAY be granted to us by the GOJ. Animals not meeting entrance requirements MAY be placed in a kennel quarantine at the owner's expense for up to 180 days. Japanese government quarantine is VERY EXPENSIVE. Follow the basic preparation and documentation instructions provided by the Public Health Command and save yourself any unnecessary expense.
NOTE: Mandatory pet quarantine fees incurred by U.S. service members in connection with the mandatory quarantine of a household pet are reimbursable, not to exceed $550 per PCS move for pets in, or entering into, quarantine on and after December 28, 2001. (Ref. JFTR, par. U5805.) Yokosuka Veterinary Clinic contacts: DSN 315-243-6820 or internationally 011-81-46-816-6820.
The Yokosuka Veterinary Treatment Facility has a group of military and civilian veterinary professionals committed to providing quality and affordable veterinary care to military working dogs, family pets, and Pets Are Worth Saving, or PAWS, adoption candidates on Yokosuka Naval Base.
The hospital is not just for dogs and cats, though. We also provide care for birds, reptiles and pocket pets such as rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs, not to mention an occasional koi. Veterinary services include:
The veterinary treatment facility, or VTF, can provide you with a list of Japanese veterinarians and teaching hospitals should your pet's medical condition exceed our capability, they have a referral system to the Japan community. If your pet has an emergency after regular business hours, call the appointment number and you will be given the veterinary corps officer duty phone number. If the veterinary corps officer is not available, please consult the list of off-base veterinarians given to you at your registration appointment. This list is intended to give you options but is not an official endorsement by the Defense Department or the Public Health Command. Yokosuka VTF services can be contacted at DSN 315-243-6820, internationally at 011-81-46-816-6820 or on the Yokosuka VTF website.