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How to export a rabbit OUT of Japan. Remember that government websites will always have the latest information. At the time that this post was published, this was the latest information.

Just like when we entered Japan with our pets, Japan requires a quarantine procedure for pets leaving the country. A rabbit will have to undergo three days and two nights of inspection at an animal quarantine station. This is to confirm that they won’t be spreading an infectious disease (thanks Japan!).

  1. Your first step when exporting a rabbit is to contact Animal Quarantine Services (they can also help you determine the IMPORT requirements of your next station).

  2. You will need to submit the Export Inspection Application Form (find at the bottom of this post) at least 7 days before the start of the mooring inspection.

  3. You can fax or email this form or use NACCS (Animal Quarantine Related Services).

TIP: SOFA personnel can do their inspection and quarantine at the vet facility on base, VTF, and then you can take your rabbit DIRECTLY to the flight with your export certificate. We recommend you reach out to VTF as soon as possible to set this up.

TIP: Check with your airline if they fly rabbits. Some airlines don't ship rabbits but might not list that on their websites - make sure to ask directly.

TIP: The good news is your rabbit doesn’t need a vaccine to PCS which we all know makes the process much easier!

TIP: You also have the option of a pet shipper which may accept rabbits depending on the country and the company you choose!

Rabbit Export Form
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