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Bringing plants products into Japan from overseas (Plant Protection Station)

When bringing plants* into Japan, it is legally required to submit Phytosanitary certificate issued by the government of exporting country and to take import inspection based on the Plant Protection Act.

If Phytosanitary certificates are not presented, the plants will be disposed (Plant Protection Act).

Legal penalties may apply to violation cases such as imports without phytosanitary certificates or without plant import inspection: you will be caught in jail for max. three years or charged with max. three million yens.

  • Fruits, vegetables, pulces, cut flowers, seeds, seedlings, plant products.

Items prohibited from importing

Different exporting countries have different phytosanitary requirements.

◎ Representative plants (fresh fruits) that cannot be brought into Japan

  • Mango

  • Papaya

  • Lychee

  • Longan

  • Apple

  • Mangosteen

  • Rambutan

  • Guava

  • Pitaya (dragon fruit)

  • Ripe banana

  • Lianwu

  • Cucumber

  • Marrow bean

  • Chili pepper

  • Tomato

◎ Items that cannot be brought into Japan from anywhere in the world

"Soil," "Plant with soil attached to it," "Injurious insects that are harmful to plants and subject to quarantine"

"Rice straw and unhulled rice (except for those brought in from the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan)"

For the latest information on the plant quarantine program, please refer to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Plant Protection Station website.

The plants must be accompanied by attached of the phytosanitary certificate issued by the exporting country.
And different exporting countries have different phytosanitary requirements.

We hope you find them useful but if you have any questions or need more information, Please do not hesitate to contact Plant Protection Station.