Custom & Duty
The Japan Customs official page is your most trustworthy source to answer any questions or queries related to Japanese customs and duty.
When you enter Japan, you are requested to hand in a Customs Declaration form for both your accompanied and unaccompanied baggage at the Customs Clearance. Customs Declaration forms are available on the plane, ship or at the Customs office. Further procedures of passenger clearance may also be necessary, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the all the necessary information.
As in many other countries, restrictions are placed on duty-free allowances , therefore make sure you are aware of the limits. Similar restrictions are also placed on exports and imports . CITES and Japanese Law both prohibit international trade in ivory.
In order to promote smooth customs operations and to stop the import and export of prohibited articles at the border, regional customs have been established in Hakodate, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Moji, Nagasaki, and Okinawa, where many international flights or ships arrive and depart. If you need further information on customs operations, please visit your nearest customs branch.
Restrictions on meat products
From 2019, meat products will be subject to inspection upon arrival. If you are bringing meat products into Japan, be aware that this inspection may take time. Refer to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan website for further details.
Japan Visitor Hotline
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) operates a visitor hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call for tourist information or assistance in the case of accidents and emergencies. Support is available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
From Japan 050-3816-2787
From Overseas +81-50-3816-2787
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