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Posted 3/18/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
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For complete information on PCSing with a pet to Kadena go to the following websites:


Pet Import Requirements

· Japan discourages the importation of dogs and cats under the age of 12 months. These pets rarely meet the vaccination and Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization testing requirements. Pets under the age of 12 months can be imported but must start with a 180-day quarantine period.

· All dogs and cats must first obtain a microchip prior to receiving any vaccinations and FAVN testing. The microchip number must be included on the rabies and health certificates and on the FAVN results form.

· All dogs and cats arriving from a non-rabies free country or area must be vaccinated with an inactivated rabies vaccine at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to arriving and must show a history of 2 rabies vaccinations.

· All dogs and cats must have a FAVN test performed. This test measures the protective antibody level against rabies.

· All dogs and cats must have a health and rabies certificate issued by a military veterinarian. A USDA federal veterinarian (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/area_offices.htm) must certify with a raised seal all certificates issued by civilian veterinarians.

· All dog and cat owners must give prior notification to the Japan Animal Quarantine Service as soon as commercial transportation is scheduled. Visit http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/dog/index.html for more information.

Required documents for entry to Japan

All of the following documents must be attached to the outside of the airline kennel (ziploc bag works best). Label the bag: "Export/Import Pet Documents."

A pet processing checklist is available at the Japan District Veterinary Command website http://www.usarj.army.mil/organization/vet/index.htm. They also have all the required forms mentioned above posted online. This site is a great source of information for all your pet concerns in Japan.

1.) Travel orders [2 copies of PCS orders for each pet].

2.) Rabies Vaccination Certificate (DD Form 2208; 2 copies and original).

3.) Health Certificate (MDJ OP Form 2209; Veterinary Health Certificate for Import/Export for Japan; 2 copies and original), the health certificate cannot be older than 10 days. If there is a layover that will cause your health certificate to expire, then a new health certificate must be obtained. Health certificates must list last 2 rabies vaccinations including manufacturer, LOT #, and expiration date of vaccine. It must also include the Pet microchip number. If a civilian veterinarian issues the health certificate, the additional requirement of obtaining a raised USDA seal from the closest USDA office on both the health certificate and the rabies certificate is mandatory. A listing of offices is available on the JDVC website given in the contacts section below. 

4.) MDJ OP Form 2209 (Japan Ministry of Agriculture Advance Notification Form). If the animal travels via commercial air, the pet owner must fax an advance notification form to the commercial port of entry. A notification approval will be returned by the GOJ Animal Quarantine Service. This approval is used when checking in with the airline when departing for Japan. The owner must also show this approval to GOJ authorities upon arrival in Japan.

5.) MDJ Form 270 (Pet Quarantine and Examination Certificate; 2 copies) All SOFA status personnel entering Japan with a pet are required to complete a MDJ 270. Be prepared to provide the following information.
a.) Military Address
b.) Organization
c.) Name of the military installation where the animal will be presented for the final physical examination or quarantine.
d.) The MDJ 270 allows your pet to be released to you for transportation to your US Military Quarantine Facility.
e.) Based on how many of the requirements you meet determines the time your animal must remain in quarantine ranging from 14 to 180 days. Currently, there is an in-home quarantine on Misawa Air Base since there is no Japan Quarantine Facility near Misawa. However, this requirement is currently being renegotiated and may change.
f.) Please download the form and fill it out before arrival. You are required to submit the form to your U.S. Military Veterinary Treatment Facility within 72 hours of entry into Japan.

6.) USFJ Form 380 EJ (Customs Free Import or Export of Cargo or Customs Declaration of Personal Property) needed only if shipping animal as cargo. 

Transportation of pets

All incoming animals must enter Japan through officially designated ports in order to clear the Japanese Animal Quarantine service. The airport designated for CONUS and other countries is Narita International Airport. Japanese animal quarantine offices are closed from Saturday at noon until Monday at 8 a.m. Therefore, animals arriving after noon on Saturday must remain in the airline kennels. The cost in this action, plus the cost of transportation to the final destination, is the sole responsibility of the owner. Ideally, flights selected should arrive during normal working hours. Contact the animal quarantine office for more information at 011-0476-32-6664.

While traveling by air, the animal must be in a cage approved by the International Air Transportation Association and be large enough for the animal to stand up, turn around, and lie down with normal posture and body movements. Several layers of newspaper, shredded paper, or absorbent material should be placed in the bottom of the container. Do not use straw, hay, grass, sawdust, sand or soil. Pets must be individually caged. A familiar article or toy in the cage may placate the animal.

Pets should be lightly fed and given water before turn-in for shipment. They should also be exercised before being brought to the terminal. Some animals with snub noses may experience respiratory difficulty in flight. Ensure containers have adequate ventilation and pets are free of respiratory problems.

Travelers must also remember that U.S. flag commercial airlines and the Japan Air Lines will not accept pets when the temperature is above 85 degrees (effective from May 15 through Sep. 15). There are also restrictions for certain breeds once the temperature reaches 70 degrees. Please confirm policies with the carrier you fly with.

Booking an early morning or late evening flight could help avoid delays due to these restrictions.

Commercial airline restrictions

Pets must be caged in an approved carrier and are generally limited to 45 kg (99 lbs) with carrier. Pet fees vary by airline but can range anywhere between $40-$250 per airline which is not reimbursable. Small animals that fit safely and comfortable in a hard sided carrier that fits under the seat can be carried in the cabin if prearranged.

If you fly commercial, you will also need to transfer airports in Tokyo which can take from 1 to 3 hours depending on traffic. You may be required to stay overnight in Tokyo. Most hotels do not allow pets, but the Narita Radisson Hotel will. You can call them directly at 011-81-476-93-1234 or 1-800-333-3333 for worldwide reservations. 

Pet transport between Narita, Haneda airports

Airport Pet Hotel: Narita Airport has a pet hotel in the basement of Terminal 2. Travelers who must stay overnight at a local hotel can leave their pet here. Price depends on the size of the pet.    

Travelers with small pets (in cages) can utilize the airport limousine bus service for transportation between airports. Prices range from 3,000 to 6,000 yen per pet.     
Travelers with large pets - there are several options as follows: 
o Van services from Narita to Haneda: This service is available through Yokota Air Base. Ask your sponsor to contact 374th Force Support Squadron vehicle operations at DSN 315-225-7720, 315-225-3818 or 315-225-9519 with your flight/pet information and arrange for a van to transport you and your pet from Narita to Haneda. The estimated price of $240 is based on a $30 per hour rate charge (as of April 2010). (This rate includes the driver however the time starts from Yokota (van location) ~Narita~Haneda and then back to Yokota, estimated time round trip 8 hours. Reservations should be made in advance to ensure van availability.)
374 FSS Vehicle Operations
Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DSN 315-225-3818, 7720 or 9519

o Fixed Fare Taxi: Fixed Fare Taxi Service is a one-way service from Narita to Haneda service. FFTS from Narita Airport are designated into zones in Tokyo. A taxi to Haneda Airport is in Zone D "Ota." The cost for transportation for fixed taxi service is approximately 21,000 yen (as of Mar 10) and the member is responsible for highway tolls (about 2,500 yen). The taxi service accepts multiple forms of payment, Visa, MasterCard or cash. For more information regarding this service you can call 81-04-7634-8755 or visit http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/bus/index.html.

o Asuka Koutsu offers transportation by reservation only. Reservations are accepted up to 2 weeks in advance but must be made no later than 1 day prior to pick-up. Cost is 21,300 yen (as of Sep 06). The phone number is 03-5737-8111 (from overseas, country code for Japan is 011-81-35-7537-8111).

Pets on the Patriot Express

Patriot Express flights are operated by commercial airlines contracted by the Department of Defense to provide transportation for military members, dependents and civil service employees. The Pacific Patriot Express routes originate and terminate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Wash. Click here for the Patriot Express pet brochure. Below is additional information pet owners should know before traveling on Patriot Express.

Authorized pet shipments (household dogs and cats only) can be made in conjunction with PSC moves. Pet reservations are made through your outbound unit's transportation office. Pets cannot be left behind and travel unaccompanied.

Pet fees:
Pet and containers weighing under 70 lbs are $103
Pet and containers 71-140 lbs are $206
Pet and containers 141-150 lbs are $309
Pet and containers over 150 lbs are not authorized

Authorized pet containers:
Pet containers must be hard shell and not soft sided or collapsible for pets going in the below baggage compartment and have adequate ventilation. Pets must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down with normal posture and body movements

Two Pets In one container:
Two small pets (under 31 lbs each and 6 months old or younger) of the same species that are used to cohabitation may be shipped in the same container, but still requires two approved pet reservations through your local transportation office. Two pets in one cage will only be charged as a single pet and container.

Space Available pet program:
Program allows PCS passengers the opportunity to ship more than 2 pets. Talk to your local transportation office 15 days prior to flight departures to see if unused pet spaces exist. The transportation office will print out a confirmation for your records if approved.

In-cabin pets:
Pet spaces are severely limited on Patriot Express missions to 10 cargo pet spaces and 3 in-cabin pet spaces. Notify transportation office if in-cabin pet desired. Kennel size is restricted to 20L x 16W x 8H. Soft shell containers are allowed.

Please bring all required pet documentation and health certificates mentioned above.

Pet check-in:
Passengers may check-in for seat confirmation from noon the day prior to the flight until 11 a.m. the day of flight. Pet fees can be paid on the day of the flight. The pet will remain with the passenger until pet acceptance at noon the day of the flight.

Kadena's pet-friendly lodging  

There is limited Kadena lodging available for families with pets at a cost of $10 per pet/per day. If pet-friendly rooms are unavailable, families must make arrangements with Kadena's Karing Kennel at commercial: 011-81-98-959-4062 or an off-base kennel.

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