Japan Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import of:
1. Tobacco products (for passengers 20 years of age or older):
- 200 cigarettes;
- 50 cigars;
- 10 individual packages of heated tobacco products;
- 250 grams of other kinds of tobacco or a combination;

2. Alcohol (passengers 20 years or older): 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages (of about 0.760 litre each).
3. Perfume: 2 ounces (about 56 ml).
4. Gifts and souvenirs: up to JPY 200,000.-;
5. Gold bullion (not less than 90% purity) up to max. 1 kilogram;
6. Personal effects.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import is only allowed if holding a permit issued by the National Public Safety Commission (required for e.g. hunting guns, air guns and swords).
Other firearms and ammunition are prohibited. See

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

1. narcotic drugs, except those designated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance, see;
2. obscene or immoral materials.

1. Plants, parts of plants and fruit must be presented to the plant quarantine officer.
2. A phytosanitary certificate issued by the quarantine authority in the country of origin is generally required to import certain fruits. A health certificate is required to import meat, see the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries at
3. Quantity import restrictions apply to medicines and cosmetics. See

Export regulations:

Free export (not for commercial purposes) of reasonable quantities of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, perfume, gifts, and other articles. Articles purchased tax-free in Japan must be shown to the Customs at the airport/port of departure from Japan.
Export to Singapore of meat (both beef and pork) or meat product for personal use is only allowed if holding an export certificate from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, declaring that the products are free from any animal infectious disease.


Dogs and Cats: the Animal Quarantine Bureau of Japan must be notified at least 40 days prior to arrival of pet in Japan, to obtain an "Approval of Inspection of Animals". They must:
- be fitted with a microchip (If not conforming to ISO Standard 11784 / 11785, a microchip reader must be provided);
- have been kept, for the past 180 days, since birth or since bringing out of Japan, in the designated regions (see below), or regions with no case of rabies in the past two years;
- show no clinical sign of rabies, (leptospirosis for dogs) immediately before departure.
Designated Regions: Australia, Fiji, Guam, Iceland, Hawaii and New Zealand.
For more information see the Japanese Animal Quarantine Service .

Birds: A written notification of importation must be submitted after arrival to the quarantine station responsible for airport of entry. The notification form should be accompanied by the following:
- certificate issued by the government authorities of the exporting country or a certified copy thereof (a photocopy is not acceptable);
- identification of the consignee;
- copy of the airway bill concerning importation of the birds.
For more information see the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Japan.

1. Baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Japan if the onward flight is within 24 hours.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Japanese Yen - JPY) and foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts exceeding JPY 1,000,000.- must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Japanese Yen - JPY) and foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts exceeding JPY 1,000,000.- must be declared on departure.
Money exchange must be made at an authorized bank or money exchanger.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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