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Moving Overseas with Your Pet listed on CITES Appendices

In the case in which you are a person leaving Japan for the purpose of permanent residence* with a pet listed on the CITES Appendices, in accordance with Japanese domestic law and CITES Article7 (3), acquisition of a CITES certificate is unnecessary for international movement of pets accompanying an individual who is moving.

It is issued only when required by the destination country. Firstly, please make sure in advance whether the destination country of your exports provides any exemptions corresponding to those in Japan. If no such exemption is provided in the destination country, we will issue a CITES export permit.
It takes time to issue certificates. Please apply with a margin of one month or more.

Representative CITES listed animals:  Turtles, Tortoises, Iguanas, Parrots, Axolotls, etc. (Domesticated dogs, cats etc. are not listed by CITES)
For species listed in CITES, you can check a following web site with the Latin / scientific name of your pet.

Notes:
*The term “person leaving Japan for the purpose of permanent residence” shall refer to those who plan to stay in the destination country for one or more years when accompanying his/her family members or for two or more years in the case of any other situation.
If you need a CITES export permit issued by Japan, please prepare the following documents.

<List of application documents>
No. Name of Document Notes Form Example
(1) 【Required】
CITES export permit
Please fill in the document on computer and print on both sides, submit 2 copies.
Please don’t write by hand.
PDFPDFfile ※Please check the instructions on the back

※example
PDFPDFfile
(2) 【Required】
Application for export license application
Please fill in the document, and submit a signed original document.
Can be written by hand.
PDFPDFfile
WORDWord
※example
PDFPDFfile
(3) 【Required】
Reason statement
Please fill in the document, and submit a signed original document.
Can be written by hand.
PDFPDFfile ※example
PDFPDFfile
(4) 【Required】
Transportation instructions
We will check what kind of container you will bring the animals in.
Please declare that the specimen should be shipped so as to minimize as much as possible the risk of being hurt, damaging health, or being mistreated.
Please submit two signed original documents.
 
PDFPDFfile  
(5) 【Required】
Photo (put on A4 paper)
Please submit two copies.    
(6) 【Required】
Resident permit / Passport
Please submit a copy.    
(7) 【In case you brought your pet with you to Japan, Required】
CITES export permit at the time of import issued by exporting country.
 
Please submit a copy.    
(8) 【In case you obtained your pet in Japan, Required】
A pledge to the effect that it was not captured or sampled in violation of the law concerning the protection of animals and plants in our country
Please sign and submit one original document.
 
PDFPDFfile  
(9) 【In case you obtained your pet in Japan, and its country of origin is Japan】
Breeding Certificate
This is a document made by breeders.
We need signed one original document.
PDFPDFfile  
(10) 【In case you obtained your pet in Japan, and its country of origin is Japan】
Selling Certificate
This is a document made by a seller (such as a pet shop that sold you your pet) or a breeder.
We need a signed original document.
PDFPDFfile  
 
(11) 【In case you obtained your pet in Japan, and its country of origin is NOT Japan】
CITES permit at the time of import
This document is for the pet imported into Japan.
Please contact the pet shop where you bought the pet, and tell them to prepare the copy of this document.
   
(12) 【In case you obtained your pet in Japan, and its country of origin is NOT Japan】
Customs clearance import declaration
 
Please contact the pet shop where you bought the pet, and tell them to prepare the copy of this document.     

※Applicants may be requested to submit additional documents.

Last updated:2020-11-26