Bringing Medications to Japan
If you have any questions regarding medications, please contact your local Consulate-General or Embassy of Japan.
Japan's regulations and restrictions related to medications (both prescription and non-prescription drugs) are different than those in the U.S. Some well-known prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are prohibited in Japan since they contain narcotic or stimulant ingredients in excess of the Japanese standard.
Below are Japanese government hosted sites that describe the restrictions and procedures related to the importation of medications to Japan:
- Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
- Includes the application for obtaining a 'Yakkan Shoumei', a certificate allowing the importation of drugs in excess of restrictions.
- Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
- Includes a list of over-the-counter medications that are prohibited in Japan, as well as information regarding restrictions on the amount of imported drugs dependent on length of stay.