Pet Transportation to Japan
Pet Shipping to Japan Introduction
Your Pet Relocation Specialist at Continental Pet Relocation will guide you through the entire process of your pet(s) relocation. Our services always include detailed instructions & guidance regarding airline & country-required documents, templates, pre-filled health certificates, and FedEx prepaid labels for USDA endorsement processing. Please view the below overview of the requirements for importing pets to Japan.
Pet Travel Microchip & Vaccinations Requirements
Time frame: Recommended at least 180 days prior to departure date
Japan requires pets arriving from The US to have a microchip, 2 rabies vaccines, a blood test, advanced notification, and an import permit.
Must be implanted before 1st rabies vaccination with proof of implant date or verification date. The microchip must be recorded on rabies certificate(s) and rabies titer blood test results.
*Exception if implanted before second rabies if the blood is drawn for the titer test same day
1st Rabies Vaccination pet must be at least 91 days old at the time of vaccination
2nd Rabies Vaccination-administered at least 31 days after 1st vaccination
FAVN-OIE Rabies Antibody Test Results
Serum rabies antibody levels must be ≥0.5 IU/ml and must be carried out at a laboratory approved by the Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries in Japan. Animals microchipped before or on the day of the 1st rabies vaccine, the serum sample may be collected on the date of the 2nd vaccination or any day until the end of the effective period of the 2nd vaccination.
An original document is required for travel
180 Day waiting period from blood draw
- Approved Permit from Japan Animal Quarantine Station
- International Health Exam with Nationally Accredited Veterinarian-Issuance of Japan Form AC Health Certificate, transit Certificate for the EU, and APHIS7001 US Health Certificate for airline
- USDA endorsement of Health Certificates (no USDA needed if approved military veterinarian)
Other recommended vaccines/treatments
Immunization: Japan recommends that the following immunizations be given to dogs and cats that are 91 days old or older 30 days prior to their arrival 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
Parasite treatment: 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.
Pet Import Documentation
Time frame – Within 10 days prior to departure
Health Certificate must be signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by The USDA or approved military veterinarian within 10 days of the dog or cat departure.
Japan Pet Import Services
We can provide the following import services for Japan:
- Advanced Notification
- Import Permit
- Customs Clearance
- Quarantine Clearance
- Ground transport delivery within Tokyo
- Forward flight to OKA, FUK, IWK, HIJ
Read Our Reviews
With snow storms and a pandemic Heather managed to get my cat from Atlanta to Dublin! She communicated so well with me and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of her help. I would highly recommend Continental Pet Relocation to anyone trying to get their pet across the ocean!
Heather was easy to get in touch with. The process went smoothly and our three animals arrived safely and happily in Germany. We will recommend this company to our friends and use them to bring our fur babies back home.
Continental Pet helped me relocate my cat, Panther, to England Oct 2020 and they did a wonderful job. Kristi and Heather were flexible with our last minute bookings and all the paperwork changes that Covid-19 entailed. They helped me through each phase of the process and gave me really useful checklists far in advance for the vet visits and forms needed for travel. Panther was so cared for! And Kristi and Heather made themselves available at all times for texts and calls. Can't recommend them enough! I wanted the best for my little guy and know I got it using their services.
I am very thankful I picked Continental Pet Relocation to coordinate my Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound safe travel from USA to Europe. The team was on top of every detail concerning the move. The move overseas was already stressful but knowing my dogs travel was taken care of by the professionals at Continental Pet Relocation provided me a peace of mind. I highly recommend Continental Pet Relocation and will use them again.
I would highly recommend using Continental Pet Relocation. My husband and I will use them if we ever need to move our dog overseas again! Heather and Katie were very quick to respond and made the whole process very easy! We moved our Portuguese Water Dog from the US to Germany. The original departure date was canceled due to strikes for Lufthansa. Katie made sure we were updated and worked with us to get our pup out as soon as possible.
I was extremely nervous about shipping our 80 lbs lab to Germany, especially during the covid crisis with limited flights. Heather made the process easy with detailed instructions, and took care of everything. She is flexible as well which was great when my vets office took longer than anticipated for paperwork. She even updated me about her flight status and offered to help with process of picking her up in Germany. My dog was well taken care of at the boarding facility before her flight and was happy when she got off the plane.
We cannot thank Kristi and Heather enough for getting our two dogs and cat shipped from North Carolina to Austria. They made everything super easy and they are so knowledgeable in the process of shipping pets. They replied to every question I had almost immediately. Kept us informed every step of the way. They really remove the stress out of what would have been a stressful situation. I highly recommend them and they’ll be my first call should we need to move again. Thanks so much Kristi and Heather. Best regards, David and Laura.
Heather was amazingly responsive to all my inquiries when we shipped our Rhodesian Ridgeback back to the US and needed ground transportation from GA to NC. She kept us updated when our dog’s flight was detoured to Charlotte, and when she finally landed in Atlanta. Ground transportation was speedy, and our old dog was in great hands. We will definitely use them again.
Spectacular service! I was extremely stressed throughout the whole process of shipping my Lab from the US to Germany but the staff at CPR practically took me by the hand made it all seem easy! The near daily communication and instructions were succinct and accurate, my questions were answered promptly and there was always a thorough follow-up as I completed each step of the process. A truly amazing service! Thank you!
I am genuinely grateful for Heather and Kristi at Continental Pet Relocation. They have gone above and beyond to get my fur babies from North Carolina to Okinawa, Japan. I never recommend doing things last minute; however, when our two pet shipper companies failed me and my family, Heather and Kristi were able to do the impossible with such little time. I cannot say thank you enough to them and the rest of their team. I completely trusted them, and I made the right choice! Thank you, Continental Pet Relocation, for all you’ve done for my family and me!
We were moving from Germany to the US in the middle of the pandemic, needing to book flights right as the CDC announced their rabies ban and airlines stopped flying dogs. Heather was communicative, understanding, and so helpful. Her team was consistently professional. They were also just kind people, which goes such a long way for nervous pet parents hoping to ensure their baby gets to their destination safely. We are so grateful that we reached out to Continental.
Heather and Kristi were fantastic and so helpful when we relocated our small 20lb dog, Rexi, from Seattle to London, while personally and professionally handling lots of twists, turns and unexpected challenges with logistics. Couldn’t have imagined shipping her on our own, and so thankful for their help with everything. We’re now all settled in and exploring the UK! Thanks again and highest recommendation for those considering shipping a pet!
Continental Pet Relocation handled our dog's move from NC to Ireland. It was an extra-complicated move since we weren't traveling with her (timing and paperwork are more challenging in this scenario), she needed transport to and from airports, and we're in the middle of a pandemic. There was great communication and professionalism during every step of the process. Highly recommended.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Continental Pet Relocation, especially Heather! Through the most stressful time of your life, moving is never easy, and never fun; and with a furry child, my worries and anxiety always shoot up! I had the privilege of communicating with Heather who not only reassured me constantly, but worked around the clock when issues occurred due to the pandemic just to make sure Sylvester and I were reunited on time, safely, and in the smoothest way possible! I could honestly say having Sylvester in their care was the best decision for me and for him! Thank you all for your hard work to always reassure and reunite families 🙂 Edit: photo of Sylvester, the world's most relaxed and luckiest cat, thanks to you!
I can’t rave enough about continental pet relocation. They made our move for our pets from Germany to California so smooth!! The communication was efficient and all my questions were answered in a timely manner. Thank you to Heather Blas who was the one helping our family!! I would recommend this shipping company to anyone!!!
Continental helped get my 80 lb shepherd mix back to the US from Germany. Because this was during Covid, what was a direct flight from CLT to MUC on the way over became a three day journey because the flights out were so limited. I was so stressed thinking Abby would be in transit so long, but Heather was so communicative and sweet, I felt completely informed and comfortable the entire time. I highly recommend Continental for anyone sending pets long distances!
This is a great service! They helped us move our dog to Germany at the last minute when plans had changed for us and we needed help the most. They were so professional and made us feel comfortable with how our dog was doing the entire time. Definitely recommend!
I can only recommend Heather and her team. I was very nervous about shipping my furbabies without me, but they are the best at what they do. Top notch from beginning to end! Very, very happy!
For those on the fence of using a pet shipper or specifically using Continental, do it! We had instant communication from the start. We thought we had all our stuff together but COVID had other plans for us. Although we were experienced moving pets international before, we were not prepared for all the back and forth of 2020. Heather and Kristi were great and in the midnight hour came through for our family. We tried to find the cheapest option to get our dog to our new home but airlines were giving us the run around for days on end. Continental were there and ready to go and it all came together in the end. I left confident in their abilities from the beginning and when we were reunited with our doggy we couldn't be happier. Sometimes the extra cost is WORTH it! Thank you!
We used Continental Pet Relocation to ship my son’s dog to him after he PCS’d to Germany. Katie and Heather were amazing and communicated with me the whole time. We followed their directions to a tee and had no issues. They work with the vets to get the USDA certificate done quickly. They were reasonably priced and I would use them again. They made the process less stressful.
If you need to use a pet shipper I highly recommend Heather and Kristi with Continental Pet Relocation. Moving our dogs to Japan from the east coast was expensive, but I found them to be competitively priced and they make the process easy. We had a hiccup or two along the way, but they were always available via email or phone call to help and their prompt replies were appreciated. We received emails throughout their journey across the world with updates which helped put our hearts at ease. Thank you ladies!
Charlotte, NC to Tokyo, Japan: Heather and her crew were amazing, I asked for a Christmas miracle and they pulled it off seamlessly. During the Christmas season of 2020, height of the pandemic, everything pure chaos….. and with only a few days to work with, she and her team moved my large breed dog from Charlotte, NC, to Tokyo, Japan on Christmas Eve. Constant communication, she had so much patience with me and my frazzled self, and took the utmost care of my best furry friend. I was so thankful for her and her team helping me in an absolute pinch and would use this company again in a heartbeat.
I highly recommend Continental Pet Relocation! We recently PCS’d to Japan but could not get a spot for our dog on our flight so we had to leave him with my parents and send for him once we got here. Heather and Kristi were so helpful with the entire process and very quick to respond to emails, both during planning and while our dog was traveling. They made every step of the way so easy and really took the stress out of getting our dog out here with us. Our dog got here safely and didn’t seem phased at all by the travels! We would definitely use their services again in the future!
Heather greatly helped us with an international move during the COVID restrictions. Her unwavering dedication and support helped us during these troubling times and I certainly recommend them to anyone seeking to move their pets.
I highly recommend Continental Pet Relocation! We just used them to bring our giant breed dog and our two cats from WA state to Germany. They kept us in the loop throughout the entire process, guiding us and even reaching out to the vet offices to let them know what we would be needing. They broke everything down into easy to follow steps that made it all much less overwhelming. When we were about 3 weeks or so from our flight dates we had to delay everything by a month due to the military still processing paperwork. They didn't miss a beat and as soon as we were able to give them the new time frame they were rescheduling. When we realized we had no one who could watch our pets for us between our flights and the pets' flights they were able to get them booked at an amazing boarding kennel that was willing and able to get the health certificates for them and get them checked into the airport for us. The gentleman who got our animals through customs in Germany was just as professional and kind. When the pets were at the kennel we were e-mailed updates and pictures of them (which really helped reassure me since our dog was already stressing out, knowing something big was coming, so I was worried). When they were checked in at the airport they sent us a link to track the flight as well as pictures of all the animals in the crates and the paperwork attached to their crate. They also e-mailed us again when the flight was delayed as well as when the flight took off. I know this is a long review but I was very impressed and want everyone to know how caring, trustworthy, capable, thorough, and kind they are. 🙂
Absolutely fantastic service. With the most stressful move we've had to yet, Continental has been absolutely worth every penny. Best with both price and reviews, their service has been absolutely above and beyond of what I could have asked of any pet shipping company. They reviewed all our documents to make sure they were good. When we ran into problems with getting the health certificate, they guided us through the process. When we found out we had to have a 2 day health certificate because I wasn't going to be in country within 5 days of the pets arrival, they helped through that. Reviewed the health certificate before I left the vet to make sure all was good. When the original flight they were booked for got an 18 hour delay they boarded the dogs in Atlanta at no cost to us. Kept us updated with the dogs movement and any status changes to the flight. Got in touch for us to make sure the receiving airport had spots open for boarding if we didn't get to them when the flight landed. I'm fairly certain that had we not used their service I would still be trying to figure out how I was going to get my dogs to Germany. On top of that, I'm pretty sure they saved me getting grey hair with the amount of stress this move has been. 11/10, would recommend to anyone and everyone. Thank you for the exceptional service!
Heather and Kristi were incredibly in helping us relocate our pets to our new home in Germany. I’m so thankful for all they did, they were so incredible through all the stress and worry. I refer them to everyone I speak to!
Continental Pet Relocation was amazing help us with everything we needed and quickly answered all of our questions. Heather and her team we nothing but helpful and courteous. I recommend Continental to anyone that is looking for a safe and convenient way to transport their furry family members.
Heather & Kristi are a dream team. The amount of stress that both of them alleviated after issue after issue arose (trying to move cats to another country after an economic crisis during a pandemic is a masterful skill indeed). I was kept in constant contact with what I needed to do and what was happening with the current situation. When I presented them with a short window of time I needed to move they were on it and worked diligently to get my cats properly accommodated and transported. Covid proposed all sorts of difficulties for flights but these two never lost hope. I absolutely couldn't have done it with out them. All three of us thank you!
i cant thank Heather enough for helping us out with bringing our Dog from US to Ireland in 2019. all went smooth, all was taking care off. Thank you Heather and hope you help others
Everything went smooth, Heather took care of everything including the instructions to the doctor to complete the travel documents. Highly recommended!!!
There’s not a single bad thing I could say about this company. Katie was an absolute godsend in getting my corgi from GA to the DE a whole 5 1/2 months after my husband and I arrived. Everything from constant availability of communication regardless of the time difference, handling the paperwork, flight changes, vet issues, everything was handled. I 100% will be using this company again when I find myself needing a relocation service!
I will only use Continental Pet Relocation for moving my dogs overseas. She quickly relieved all of our fears and kept us informed every step of the way. Heather is knowledgeable, professional, and prompt.
Words can not express how happy my husband and I were with Continental Pet Relocation and their hard work with getting our dogs shipped to Japan so they could be with us!! When my husband got orders to Japan, and covid struck, we were told by other companies there wasn’t a way to get our dogs to Japan. But then we heard about Continental Pet Relocation and contacted them: Even during this covid pandemic they worked so hard to make sure there was a way to get our Babies from San Diego to Japan. They answered every question we had, and helped us every single step of the way! We were updated daily on our babies trip, we received pictures, emails and text showing how well our dogs were being cared for. They really went above and beyond with getting our dogs to Japan! We will definitely be using them again when it comes time to Move again. THANK YOU so much to the Continental Pet Relocation team for taking such good care of our dogs and getting them to Japan safely!
Amazing service from these guys, the communication in a very difficult time was fantastic. Don’t know what we would of done without their support. Thanks to them we are back in the UK with our precious dog Evie. Can’t recommend them enough.
Back in July of 2020, at the height of the pandemic in the US, I was preparing to move to Germany. The process of moving my baby seemed very overwhelming and stressful, especially in Corona times, but they make it easy. Heather was quick and flexible with our last-minute bookings and all the paperwork. I couldn’t have imagined doing all this by myself. It was worth every penny! The attention to detail, communication, and knowledge is what let me know Gracie would be in safe hands! Heather dealt with all the paperwork and even with my vet clinic when they were being stubborn Lol! The whole process was quick and easy! She arranged a safe trasportation from her home in South Carolina to the airport in Georgia. The day of her flight (GA>Germany), I received updates and photos, and a check in text when she landed! Gracie’s journey was flawless from start to finish. This trip was Gracie’s first time on a place and was 14 years old at the time. I wanted the best for my baby girl, and I know I got it using their services. I can not say enough great things about Heather; she is amazing! I can only say positive things about Continental Pet Relocation! If you are considering help with a move for your furry friend, look no more!
I cannot recommend Continental Pet Relocation Services enough! My husband and I recently moved from North Carolina to Scotland and thanks to CPRS our 2 cats made it safe and sound! Kristi and Heather worked to ensure UK customs, British Air, our vet, and everyone else involved was on the same page and knew exactly where, when, and how to get things done. They even called our vet directly to ensure there was no confusion on getting necessary forms where they needed to go. I know the sticker price of a pet moving service may scare you, but I assure you CPRS is worth every penny. It was a tremendous weight off of our shoulders to know that our cats would be shipped appropriately and arrive safely. When moving to a new country you want things to be as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and CPRS made sure the animal-side of our move went swimmingly!
I want nothing but the best for my little boy Noah and Continental Pet Relocation is the best international pet shipper there is. Australia is one of the most difficult countries to bring animals into. I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of paperwork and documentation required. Kristi is a godsend. She is very well-organized, responsive, attentive and gives me regular updates. Noah arrived yesterday safe and sound as planned. I cannot thank Continental Pet Relocation enough. Highly recommend them to anyone looking to relocate their pets!
Continental Pet Relocation has been an amazing company to work with in getting my German Shepherd from South Carolina to Italy! Despite troubles with Covid and the constant opening and closing of country borders, Kristi and Heather worked non stop to get our dog to us! We had multiple family members involved in this move from vet visits to transportation to the airport, and Kristi and Heather were in constant contact with all family members ensuring everyone did their part to make this international move as smooth as possible. I cannot say enough good things about the both of them and this company!
Excellent support for our move, from start to finish. Kristi and Heather were always on top of the details, they responded to all my questions, and they made the move of my pets as low stress as possible. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Like all other pet parents looking for someone to help relocate their babies, we searched to find the best possible company to do the job. From the moment we reached out to Heather & Kristi, they were more than helpful and willing to answer any questions we had about the process. They were in contact with our vet regularly to make sure all requirements and vaccines were up to date with our pets. Continental Pet Relocation made everything easy on us and easier on our pets. We will be using them in the future when it’s time to make the journey back to the US from Germany. Copper and Huckleberry give 11 out of 10 paw shakes to Continental Pet Relocation.
Heather and her team were so easy to work with. Obviously, I had my fears of trusting a company to move my dog. However, all of that was reassured when her teammate (Kristi) reached out to me. All of the requirements and the process to start the following was literally step by step. It couldn't have been easier to follow and be comforted that my dog was literally being taken care of. They were so easy to reach out to if I had any questions or concerns in relation to the move. They were very prompt and courteous which makes it comforting that they care. I will definitely reach out back again to the team if I relocate Eva again in the future.
Continental Pet Relocation did a wonderful job relocating our two cats from Georgia to Germany. The process of moving cats overseas can seem very overwhelming and stressful but they make it easy. Heather was very responsive and gave us updates on the cats throughout their journey. It has taken us a month to get fully reunited with the cats due to mandatory quarantine and finding appropriate housing and Heather has continued to check in with us 🙂 I can not say enough great things about Heather, she is amazing! I would highly recommend this company and we plan to use them in the future.
I cannot thank Heather enough for all her hard work with reuniting our family with our beloved 14 year old Labrador, Riley. We had flown Riley quite a number of times before with us as excess baggage but after we were separated due to COVID, we had to resort to shipping her back to us here in Frankfurt. Heather was wonderful and attentive and knew all the location specific details off hand. She really went above and beyond to make the process as easy and stress free as possible. She was available basically at all times and stayed in constant contact the day of travel via Whatsapp until Riley was safely back in my care. Thank you again to the whole team! 100% recommend!
Heather and Kristi at Continental Pet Relocation helped us relocate our Sibirian Huskey to London UK from San Francsico, during this difficult Covid-19 Lock down period. We are so glad we hired them to help us. Belive me when I say there is so much detailed paper work and coordination between VETS, USDA, UK customs involved and having a professional just made everything go smoothly. Heather and Kristi is so knowledgable and there was no hiccups at all during the process. We contacted them 3 weeks before our departure so not allot of time but they quickly guided us through the process. Our dog arrived in London two days after us happy and clean and most importantly our dog did not get quarantined, we where able to pick him up on his arrival day at the heathrow animal service center. Thank you. Thank you.
As a kennel owner who moves a lot of dogs I can say for sure that nobody knows it better or does it better. The step by step guidance is perfect from start to finish.
Heather & her team at Continental Pet Relocation have been amazing! I would highly recommend this company who were very professional, friendly, helpful & quick to respond to any question we had! I transported my cat from The Philippines to the US & then onto Europe. Heather was able to assist me every step of the way, not only with the relocating but also with the veterinary services - her knowledge & professionalism were second to none! I would not hesitate in the slightest to use this company again & I am forever grateful for all their help transporting my cat with a door to door service. Sarah Partridge & Robert Scholte
We have used Continental Pet Relocation twice now - once to take our sweet dog from the US -> UK, and recently used them again to bring him back to the states. Any international move is stressful, so when you pile on uncertainty with regards to Brexit AND COVID things can quickly get out of hand. But CPR held our hands all the way through both times, responding to all of our crazy annoying questions so thoroughly and quickly! I pray we don't have to move overseas again, but if we do I know EXACTLY who we will call to help move our pets!!!
Heather helped our 120 lb dog to move to India. We can’t thank her enough! Anyone who is considering to relocate a furry family, she is the one you should talk. We will ask for her help again to go back home to the US.
In December 2020, I initiated plans to move my Golden Retriever, Sarah, from California to Scotland. Today (many months later) that was accomplished! Choosing Continental Pet Relocations to assist with this move was the best decision that I made - Kristi, Heather, and Katie are truly the best. They went above and beyond for months to make this a reality. A 5,888 mile journey is no small feat, but this one was sidelined and postponed for 10 months due to Covid and Brexit related pet embargo’s. Throughout that entire time, I was in constant communication with Kristi who kept me updated on the changing regulations, kept track of Sarah’s medical records and notified me when vaccine boosters were due (in accordance with UK requirements), and kept the hope alive that this move would be possible. When a flight was finally confirmed, I found the most stressful part to be the completion of the health certificate…. So many tiny details and moving pieces to coordinate. Kristi handled the details so I didn’t have to. She drafted all of the documents for my vet to sign, was on standby for the appointments, and personally reviewed every page prior to its submission to the USDA. I know there was a lot of back and forth with Kristi, the USDA, and the vet office to get everything in order and I couldn’t be more grateful! Even the cargo drop off in San Francisco was as stress free as possible. We were met by Katie who handled the check-in details and made sure the proper documentation was attached to the kennel. During the 48 hour journey, Kristi kept me posted at all times…. even when it was the middle of the night her time! I couldn’t be more thrilled that, today, Sarah arrived safely in Scotland! Now off on new adventures 🙂 When we move back to the US in 3 years, I wouldn’t dream of having anyone else handle the move. By the end of the process, Kristi felt like a friend! Thank you so much!
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