Things not brought to Japan, international students need to remember


If you bring pork, eggs, oranges, tangerines to Japan, international students may be in legal trouble.

If you are going to study in Japan and are wondering what to bring to avoid trouble with the customs department, please refer to the list listed by Livejapan, for a convenient trip.

1. The food is prohibited

Most meat and animal origin foods are banned from being brought into Japan for fear of spreading contagious and animal-related diseases. The law does not apply to raw meat, processed meat, packaged foods or leftovers from aircraft, whether they are brought for personal use or gifts.

Prohibited foods include:

- ungulates such as cows, pigs, goats, sheep and deer ...
- Poultry like chicken, quail, pheasant, ostrich, turkey, duck, goose.
- Horses, dogs, rabbits and items derived from honey.
- Animal flesh and intestines in the form of raw, frozen or processed
- Eggs, including eggshell or including flipped duck eggs.
- Bones, fat, blood, skin, fur, horns, hooves and animal tendons.
- Fresh milk, dairy products (except milk applied to accompanying infants).
- Straw cereals and fodder for food (applied to some areas).
- Dried beef, ham, salami, bacon and meatloaf

However, you can bring these items to Japan if there are full of certificates, epidemiological testing.

2. The fruits and plants are prohibited

To prevent pests and diseases affecting plants, the Japanese government banned the following fruits and plants:

- Fruits: Mango, chili, mangosteen, guava, litchi, most fruits and vegetables such as oranges and tangerines from countries and territories with Mediterranean fruit flies and oriental fruit flies from Europe, Africa, Central America, South America, Australia, Middle East and Southeast Asia.
- Fruits: Apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries and shelled walnuts from countries and areas with caterpillars such as North America.
- Sweet potatoes from countries and regions such as Asia, Africa, Hawaii, Australia and Africa.
- Citrus seeds from countries and regions like the US and Hawaii.
- Straw from countries and regions like Europe, America and New Zealand.

3. Items infringing intellectual property rights

It is illegal to bring items infringing intellectual property rights such as counterfeit trademark products to Japan. These products not only hinder the country's industrial growth, but also provide smuggling resources to criminal and terrorist groups. For this reason, Japanese customs are strengthening the regulations.

Even if you believe your item is genuine, if it is checked by the customs and found to be a fake, it will be confiscated immediately.

4. Types of medicines

Illegal drugs such as opium, cocaine, heroin, MDMA, magic mushrooms, stimulants, marijuana, opiate smoking equipment, psychotropic drugs are prohibited from being brought to Japan. There have been a lot of international students, or visitors to Japan who were tricked into carrying others, holding these banned substances, or stealing luggage, so be very careful.

In addition, with legal drugs and cosmetics for personal treatment, you can bring it to Japan but it will be limited in number. Prescription prescription is limited to the amount used for 2 months only.

5. Dangerous items

Dangerous items such as pistols, rifles, machine guns, bullets, swords, explosives (bombs, mines, cannon, ..), gunpowder, chemical weapons materials, flammable substances (gas, alcohol, petrol, paint ...), toxic chemicals, corrosives, contaminants, oyx ... are prohibited to bring to Japan.

6. Animals like dogs and cats

If you want to bring dogs and cats to Japan, you are required to give them a veterinary check for rabies or leptospirosis. After checking, if there is no problem, the pet can be admitted, otherwise it will be refused to bring into Japan.

7. The goods are controlled by the Washington Convention

Items controlled by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Washington Convention) will not be brought to Japan. This Convention applies to products made from furs, leather, and commercial goods such as Chinese herbal medicine.

To bring these things to Japan, you must have a permit from an import-export country and an import certificate from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

These items include:

- Manufactured from tiger, leopard, bear fur; belts, wallets, handbags from crocodiles, sea turtles, snakes, lizards, ostriches. Indian and African ivory items; stuffed animals from eagles, eagles, crocodiles, pangolins.
- Chinese herbal medicine contains ingredients from tigers, bears, musk deer ...
- Decorative products from parrot feathers, peacock feathers ..., foods, medicines including ginseng, carrot ferns, sugar cane, ma ma, agarwood.
- Protected animals such as monkeys, parrots, eagles, eagles, turtles, Indian pythons, Asian arowanas; Plants such as orchids, cacti.

Japan used to be known as a strict country so when studying in this country, students should remember carefully what is not allowed to bring, avoiding legal trouble.

Previously a Vietnamese student named Hac Thi Phuong Linh, 23, was arrested in Japan for violating animal quarantine laws. Linh brought 350 sour rolls and 360 duck eggs to Tokyo International Airport on June 13.