Import / Export Narcotics by carrying
Any person who intends to enter Japan carrying narcotics for his/her own medical use is required to obtain an advance permission from the Director-General of one of the eight Regional Bureaus of Health and Welfare, JAPAN based on the “Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act.” Described below are the necessary procedures for obtaining an advanced permission.
Preparation of required documents:
1. Application form (IMPORT) (required for entering Japan carrying narcotics)
2. Application form (EXPORT) (required for departing Japan carrying narcotics)
3. Medical certificate
A medical certificate by his/her doctor identifying the disease, the necessity of narcotics for his/her treatment, the names of narcotics and their quantities prescribed should be submitted. The doctor’s signature and date of medical certificate.
4. Photos of your medicine’s package
5. Reply envelope with your address on the front
Submission of the required documents
- In case you live in Japan; To the Narcotics Control Department in charge of the area where your domicile is located.
- In case you are hospitalized in Japan; To the Narcotics Control Department in charge of the area where the hospital is located.
- In case you will enter Japan; To the Narcotics Control Department in charge of the area where you will arrive at Japan.(note; not the place you depart.)
Two weeks is necessary to process the application. In case of urgency, please contact us.
Present the obtained certificate to customs.
Import/Export Psychotropics by carrying
The psychotropics listed in the following Table can be imported / exported.
If you intend to import / export the psychotropics equal to or less than the amount indicated in the Table (excluding injection form), you don't need a certificate written by your doctor nor the permission by authorities under the "Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act".
If you intend to import / export the psychotropics more than the amount indicated in the Table or those in injection form, you should have a certificate written by your doctor identifying the disease, the necessity of the drug (psychotropics) for your treatment, the names of psychotrpics and their quantities prescribed.
|・Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare|| Phone: +81-48-740-0800
|・Kinki Regional Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare|| Phone: +81-6-6942-4096
|・Okinawa Narcotics Control Office
Kyushu Regional Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
| Phone: +81-98-853-7100
Import/Export Other Drugs by carrying
Heroin, Opium powder, Methamphetamine and Amphetamine
No person shall import or export heroin, opium powder, methamphetamin / amphetamine (including their pharmaceutical forms).
No person shall import or export any forms of cannabis.
Stimulants raw materials
No person shall import / export stimulant raw materials (such as ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, including their pharmaceutical forms).
Import / Export for personal use, except for pharmaceuticals containing
-no more than 10% of ephedrine or
-no more than 10% of methylephedrine or
-no more than 10% of phenylacetic acid or
-no more than 50% of norephedrine (phenylpropanolamine)
which can be importd / exported without permission from authorities under the "Stimulants Control Act."