Pet Travel Question: Transiting through Tokyo

Hi PetRelocation,

My two dogs will be traveling in the cabin with me. We will have a five hour layover at Tokyo/Narita International Airport on our way to Guam.

I know the requirements for Guam, but will Japan also require anything due to the layover? We are flying on the same airline for the entire trip.




Hi Sara,

Thanks for the question. When transiting through an airport on the way to your final destination, it's not necessary to meet the layover country's requirements unless you're leaving the airport or switching airlines.

Unless your airline requires something different, it sounds like you're in good shape and won't need to worry about Japan's import requirements.

Please let us know if you'd like some assistance with your move and have a great trip!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Sara
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
From: NE
To: Guam


PetRelocation Team


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By Kristi on April 6, 2018 at 7:50 am

We will be traveling through Japan to Guam and will be needing to stay in Japan for a few days with a mobility service dog. Is this going to be possible? And what will we need to do to fly out of Japan with our dog?

By Rose Ann Garcia on June 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm

What airline did u use from Japan to Hawaii? We’re going to Guam next March? Any help you can give would be great. Thank you in advance.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

Hi Kristi! Thanks for your comment! We only arrange cargo travel for pets so we don't have specific experience with a service dog traveling in-cabin. However, if you're clearing customs in Japan for your pet, you will need to meet Japan’s strict Import Requirements. If you'd like help managing this move, please fill out our . Arrrange A Move form here. Thanks!

By John on April 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Hi, I will be transmitting in Narita with a cat (which will be riding in the cabin with us). I will be switching airlines (I have no choice as no single airline that also takes pets flies to my destination). My transit time is just under 3 hours. Will I have to satisfy landing requirements for Japan, even though I am transitting?

By on April 17, 2017 at 10:45 am

Hi John, thanks for the question. We only arrange cargo travel for pets so we don't have specific experience with this scenario, however to our knowledge if you're switching airlines you may need to meet additional import requirements. Please check with your airline to find out what they will need from you when you board your next flight in Narita. Good luck with everything and have a great trip!

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