Bringing Prescribed Medications to Japan

If you want to bring more than one month’s supply of prescription medication into Japan, you need to apply beforehand.

Apply to the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare, and obtain a “Yakkan Shoumei,” a kind of import certificate, to bring the required amount of medication into Japan. If you wish to do so, please follow the procedure.
The required documents are as follows:

  • Application form for import of prescription medication
  • Explanation of pharmaceutical products 
  • A copy of the prescription with the name of the doctor 
  • Documents indicating the expected arrival date and place (including an itinerary)

Prepare the necessary documents, and submit them to
When the documents are properly completed, you can obtain the certificate in about a week.
Please check the information, including the forms above, from the link below.

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare