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Bringing Medications to Japan

Laws regarding the use of medications vary by country. Some well-known medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) are controlled or prohibited in Japan.


Please visit the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare page providing information for those who want to bring medicines to Japan for personal use.

The page details the policies regarding which types of medications can be brought into Japan and in what quantities. An application form is available on the page to apply for advanced permission to import medication (if necessary for your situation).

We recommend that students begin evaluating their health needs well in advance of their departure for Japan. In some cases, adjustments to current treatments may be necessary due to Japanese law. 

Contact information is provided below for the various offices that can assist with questions you may have based on your port of entry into Japan. This contact information is also provided at the bottom of the MHLW page).

  • Kanto-Shin'etsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare (for arrivals at Narita International or Tokyo International airports)
  • Kinki Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare (for arrivals at Chubu Centrair International or Kansai International airports)
  • Okinawa Narcotics Control Office, Kyushu Regional Bureau of Health & Welfare (for arrivals at Naha Airport, etc.)