Welcome to Japan!
As a visitor to Japan you are required to
fulfill certain Customs requirements which are an important part
of the procedures pertaining to entry and departure. This
information is prepared by Japanese Customs to assist foreign
visitors coming to Japan by informing you of the Customs
regulations and procedures which must be observed. The following
knowledge will be helpful to you during your Customs examination.
We ask questions such as, "How many goods can a passenger
bring in duty free?" "What are the procedures for
shopping at duty-free shops?" "What kinds of articles
are prohibited or restricted by law?"
We hope this information will be useful and will help expedite
your Customs clearance.
If you have any question, please feel free to ask a Customs
- 1. You are required to make either an oral
or a written declaration about your belongings.
Two copies of a written declaration are required, if you
have unaccompanied baggage, or if you have guns or
Customs declaration forms are available on the plane, the
ship, or at Customs.
2. The green and red channel system
Please choose either the green channel or the red
a) The green channel is for passengers who have no goods
subject to duty and/or tax and goods not prohibited or
restricted for import.
b) The red channel is for all other passengers.
※ Please pay duties and/or taxes at the bank in the
Customs inspection zone.
When the value of the dutiable goods exceeds three
hundred thousand yen (\300,000), Customs procedures for
commercial cargo are required.
- Personal effects and unaccompanied baggage
for personal use are free of duty and/or tax within the
allowance specified below. ( As for rice, the limit is
100KG a year. ) If you have both personal effects and
unaccompanied baggage, please consider them together and
refer to the allowance.
- -Personal Effects and Professional
- Clothes, toiletries, and other personal
effects for your personal use, as well as portable
professional equipment that will be used during your stay
in Japan, are all free of duty and/or tax, if they are
considered quantitatively appropriate and are not for
- -Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco Products,
- Moreover, allowances will be made for
certain other articles within the limits specified below.
- -Household Effects (including Automobiles)
- If you are to move to Japan and to stay
for more than one year, your or your family's household
effects being used by the members of your family may be
imported free of duty and/or tax within the limit deemed
Such household effects may include automobiles, boats,
and other vehicles, provided that a registration
certificates or sales receipts are presented to prove
that the automobiles are used and that the boats have
been in use for more than one year prior to its arrival
Automobiles and other vehicles may be imported
temporarily free of duty and/or tax provided they are
( for an adult)
||A bottle contains approximately 760cc
||If a visitor brings in
more than one kind of tobacco product, the total
allowance is 500 grams.
|Other kinds of tobacco
||The total overseas market value of all
articles other than the above items must be under
\200,000. Any item whose overseas market value is under
\10,000 is free of duty and/or tax and is not included in
the calculation of the total overseas market value of all
articles.There is no duty-free allowance for articles
having a market value of more than \200,000 each or each
・ Commodities and commercial samples are subject to duty and/or
tax since they are not regarded as being for personal use.
・ In the case of applying duty-free allowance for rice, please
submit a "Report for the Import of Rice" to the Local
Food Office or other competent organization, then submit one of
the copies which are returned to you to the Customs Office.
Simplified Customs Duty and Tax Rates
- When your belongings exceed the limit of
the allowances, the following simplified Customs duty and
tax rates will be applied, in most cases, to that amount
which is in excess.
- Simplified Customs Duty Rate
|Distilled alcoholic beverages
||\225 per bottle (750cc)
|Other liquors (e.g., Wine)
||\150 per bottle (750cc)
- Special Tariff Rates Applicable to Certain
||\375 per bottle (750ml)
|Rum, Tafia, Gin, and Vodka, etc.
||\300 per bottle (750ml)
||\225 per bottle (750ml)
|Beer, Low-Malt Beer
||\150 per bottle (750ml)
|Rate of Cigarettes
||\6,500 per 1,000 cigarettes (\6.5 per
When you have unaccompanied baggage, two copies
of written declaration forms are required to submit at the time
of your entry, one of which will be returned to you with the seal
of certification by a Customs officer. Such declaration is
necessary to obtain duty and/or tax exemption status.
Such unaccompanied baggage must be in your custody within six
months after your arrival. The sealed declaration must be
presented at the time of clearance of the unaccompanied goods.
If baggage is imported by mail, you are required to list this
unaccompanied baggage on your declaration, and you should
identify the parcel by placing the words "unaccompanied
baggage" on the parcel.
There is no limit on the total amount of means
of payment that may be brought into or taken out of Japan.
However, if you transport means of payment exceeding JP\1,000,000
or its equivalent or precious metal (more than 90% purity gold
only) exceeding 1kg of total weight, you are required to submit a
report to Customs. Means of payment include Japanese or foreign
currencies, cheques ( including traveler's cheques ), promissory
notes, and securities.
The following articles are prohibited from
entry by law:
(a) Opium, other narcotic drugs, equipment for opium smoking, and
stimulants (including Vicks inhalers and Sudafed), and
psychotropic substances (excluding those designated by an
ordinance of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare);
(b) Firearms (pistols, rifles, machine guns, etc.), ammunition
(bullets) for such articles, and firearms parts;
(c) Books, drawings, carvings, and any other articles which harm
public security or morals (obscene or immoral materials such as
(d) Articles which infringe upon rights in patents,
utility-models, designs, trademarks, copyrights, breeders,
neighboring rights, or layout designs of integrated circuits; and
(e) Counterfeit, altered, or imitation coins, paper money, bank
notes, or securities.
Some other goods are restricted by other laws
and regulations. When you import such goods, permits and approval
under laws and regulations other than the Customs Law are
required, or the goods must be examined by a government agency,
as the case may be.
- Major restricted items are listed below:
- (a) Plants and animals must be presented
to the plant or animal quarantine officer for quarantine
inspection prior to Customs examination.
(b) There are quantity restrictions on the import of
medicine and cosmetics.
( e.g., for pharmaceutical products: amount for use for a
period of 2 months; quasi-drugs: amount for use for a
period of 2 months; cosmetics: 24 applications)
(c) No person shall bring hunting guns, air guns, swords,
etc. into Japan without a permit to possess.
Purchase of Tax-Free Articles
When you purchase articles at specified
"tax-free" shops, consumption tax on those articles may
be exempted on condition that they are taken out of Japan. When
you purchase tax-free articles, you will be required to present
your passport at the shop and you will receive a card entitled
" Record of Purchase of Consumption-Tax-Exempt for Export,
" which will be attached to your passport. Articles
purchased tax free will be checked with the card by a Customs
officer, who will collect the card at the time of your departure
No exemption on consumption tax will be given to articles
purchased at shops other than "tax-free" shops.
When you export guns, swords, or high-quality personal computers
that require an export license, you must obtain said license from
the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry prior to its export.
|We keep these regulations updated but because such regulations are subject to change without
notice, we strongly recommend you to consult your local embassy or consulate before you make your move.
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