Pet Travel Question: A Japan Layover

Name: Emily
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type:  Dog
Pet Breed: Basenji Mix
From: Washington D.C.
To: Bangkok,  Thailand

We’re relocating from the Washington D.C. area to Bangkok, Thailand with a 3 to 4 hour layover in Tokyo’s Narita airport.  Will there be any quarantine required for her in Tokyo? Thanks, -Emily

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the question! It’s generally not necessary to meet the import requirements of a country if you’re only spending a layover there (as long as you’re not switching airlines), but it would be a good idea to contact the Narita airport officials for the most up-to-date, relevant details.

Check out the Pet Import Requirements for Thailand to prepare for your move, and please contact us if you have any questions. Our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to assist you!


PetRelocation Team





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By Joe Pirman on October 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

I have two large golden retrievers in Yokohama Japan I need to move down to Sasebo Japan. I do not have a car to drive them; what are my options to get them transported?

By on October 19, 2017 at 9:57 am

Hello Joe, thanks for reaching out!

We haven't flown pets with that specific routing, but when we do fly pets within Japan we usually fly them as cargo with ANA Airlines. We would recommend looking into this and other airlines that are able to fly your dogs as cargo, if you are interested in moving them yourself.

However, if you'd like to hire services to help, we would recommend finding a local reputable pet-shipping company on this website.

Best of luck with everything, Joe!

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