Bringing Medicines for Personal Use into Japan: What You Need to Know

If you’re planning to bring or send medicines for personal use into Japan, there are certain rules and requirements you need to be aware of. The specific regulations may vary depending on the type and quantity of medicine being imported. To ensure you have the necessary information, it’s essential to consult the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan. They have a dedicated web page that provides general guidance on importing medicines for personal use.

Understanding the Import Process

Before diving into the details, it’s crucial to note that the Embassy of Japan in Australia doesn’t have medication experts and, therefore, cannot provide information about specific medicines. However, they can direct you to the appropriate office closest to your point of arrival in Japan. In case you are unsure about any aspect of importing medicines for personal use, it’s best to contact the respective office listed below.

Contact Information for General Medicine Enquiries

  • Place of Arrival: Tokyo (Haneda/Narita)

    • Name of Department: Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-48-740-0800
      • Hours: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM (JST)
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Place of Arrival: Osaka (Kansai), Nagoya (Chubu), Fukuoka, Okinawa (Naha)

    • Name of Department: Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-6-6942-4096
      • Hours: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (JST)
      • Email: [email protected]

Narcotics and Psychotropic Medicines

For information regarding narcotics, psychotropic medicines, and other controlled substances, such as ADHD medication, there is a separate web page you can refer to: https://www.ncd.mhlw.go.jp/en/application2.html.

In case you need further information or have specific queries about narcotics and psychotropic medicines, the following contacts will be useful:

Contact Information for Narcotics and Psychotropic Medicines

  • Area in Charge: All (for general enquiries)

    • Name of Department: Compliance and Narcotics Division, Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • FAX: +81-3-3510-0034
  • Area in Charge: Tokyo, Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Tochigi, Yamanashi

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Kanto-Shin’etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-3-3512-8691
      • Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-3-3512-8689
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Osaka, Kyoto, Fukui, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-6-6949-6336
      • Hours: 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-6-6949-6339
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Hokkaido

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Hokkaido Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-11-726-3131
      • Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-11-709-8063
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Aomori, Akita, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Tohoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-22-221-3701
      • Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-22-221-3713
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Mie, Shizuoka, Toyama

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Tokai Hokuriku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-52-951-6911
      • Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-52-951-6876
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-82-227-9011
      • Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-82-227-9174
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Ehime, Kagawa, Kouchi, Tokushima

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Shikoku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-87-811-8910
      • Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-87-823-8810
      • Email: [email protected]
  • Area in Charge: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga

    • Name of Department: Narcotics Control Department, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare
    • Contact Information:
      • TEL: (0011) 81-92-472-2331
      • Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM (JST)
      • FAX: (0011) 81-92-451-4539
      • Email: [email protected]

By adhering to the regulations and seeking guidance from the appropriate authorities, you can ensure a smooth process of bringing medicines for personal use into Japan. Remember, it’s always better to be well-informed and prepared before traveling to any foreign country. Safe travels!

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