Shipping Pets to Japan. International Pet Travel Requirements for Japan.
Shipping Pets to Japan. Fun Fact: There are seven U.S. military facilities, including headquarters at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. U.S. Forces Japan troops total more than 50K in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean, with the Navy and USMC as more than 73% of all military deployed to the area.
Before shipping pets to Japan, dogs and cats must be individually identified with an ISO microchip. If your pet has a different microchip implanted, please discuss it with your Pet Travel Specialist to confirm eligibility. A microchip must be implanted BEFORE the rabies vaccinations.
Japan requires for dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies at least TWICE or more AFTER the microchip implanting. Pet must be at least 91 days old at time of first rabies vaccination. The first rabies can be given same day AFTER microchip. A second rabies vaccination, more than 30 days after the first vaccination and before first vaccination expires, is required.
Dogs and cats must be evaluated for serum rabies antibody levels. Two USA laboratories are approved to report results accepted by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan: Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory and DOD Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory. Results of the rabies titer test must be greater than or equal to 0.5iu/ml. Wait periods exist between date rabies vaccination is given before a FAVN sample can be taken, and also 180 days between FAVN sample and date the pet enters Japan. Results are valid for two years from date of sample.
Immunization: Japan recommends that the following immunizations be given to dogs and cats that are 91 days old or older 30 days before they arrive in Japan (within the vaccine immunization effectiveness period).
Dogs: distemper, contagious hepatitis (Adenovirus type II acceptable), parvovirus infectious disease trivalent vaccine (parainfluenza, leptospirosis, coronavirus)
Cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia trivalent vaccine
Japan recommends the following parasite treatments before departure (no more than 4 days before boarding):
External parasites: Treat with medicines effective against mites and fleas, and at the time of export have a clinical inspection to confirm that the animal is free from these parasites.
Internal parasites: administer medicine effective against nematodes and tapeworms
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I used The Pet Porters to transport my dog from San Francisco to Chicago and they were amazing. Renee from the Pet Porters truly treated him like one of her own! She sent me text updates and the cutest pictures of my Buster along the way. I am so happy I found this company. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to others.
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The Pet Porters were awesome. When we found the perfect puppy in Oklahoma, I started my search for a company to ship him to NY. I found The Pet Porters and spoke with Renee. She was very patient with answering my questions and alleviating our concerns. Once we met at the airport she took her time to tell me how our little guy did on the flight and how to care him for on the remainder of his trip home. This was all back in back March 2021, and now our little guy is a happy, healthy, rambunctious little guy who’s the love our lives. This would not have been possible without The Pet Porters, they literally bring families together and are awesome!
Jelena and TPP helped organize a difficult and complicated “COVID-era” flight for my very large dog from Germany, after one failed attempt. It was a relief to work with someone who was willing to listen and understood the potential disappointments, should anything go wrong. Jelena set us up with a reliable, knowledgeable and professional German shipper (Care4Cargo) who carried out the shipment of Jack at a reasonable price. She also arranged the customs arrival with a domestic shipper that received Jack into the USA with love and efficiency. Hvala vam puno, Jelena and Pet Porters!
So grateful to the Pet Porters team for safely bringing our dogs from St. Louis to Seattle for us. They were caring, safe, dependable and fabulous communicators. Their daily updates gave us peace of mind and we knew our dogs were being well-cared for and loved during their road trip. I highly recommend their services!
We had a crazy complicated situation flying our dogs into europe with covid. These folks were so patient and persistent on making sure everything would work and it did! I would gladly recommend them to anyone.
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Jelena was great to work with along with her agent in Chicago! They really care about the animals!! I would highly recommend them!!
Could not recommended anyone else to help with travel of you beloved pet! We had very efficient and smooth journey from UK to New Mexico for our labrador - Jack. From the very start, Jelena was very informative and answered every single, even silly, questions. Super responsive. Even tho Jack’s flight from UK was pushed twice, all process and journey went really smooth and The Pet Porters was ready to pick him up any day. Jack was collected and cleared thru customs in Dallas. Kept over night getting some love and driven to us next day. Jack was well looked after and during his car ride from Dallas to New Mexico, Renee made sure to sent some photos and kept updating on the journey. Highly recommended! Wouldn’t not recommend anyone else for helping with transporting your pet. Will definitely use again if we need to relocate in a future! Thank you The Pet Porters for brining Jack home sound and safe!
I have just moved from the UK with my dog. Jelena from The Pet Porters was in contact prior to us setting off which made a big difference as I was so worried about how he would manage with such a long journey. She looked after him from the moment he landed at Dallas airport. Collected him, did all the relevant paperwork and took him home for the night arranging to deliver him to me the morning after. Updates and photos meant that I was able to relax knowing he was safe and well and just look forward to being with him again. Would highly recommend Jelena and The Pet Porters.
Moved my 11 month old beagle from East coast USA, to Okinawa japan. Jelena helped ensure that we had everything to make his travels safe, even before we agreed to use the company! Very personal and was able to get updates anytime of the day during his travels. I want to thank y’all for making this stress free and bring our little boy to us!
We bought a puppy from across the country and couldn't ask for a better company to transport him from Michigan to California. They kept us updated along the way and he was well taken care of. Highly recommend Pet Porters for any pet transportation needs.
The staff is excellent and help with everything possible, being very thorough about checking regulations and whatever is needed.
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