Here, we explain the Plant Export Inspection procedure when taking purchased fruits out of the country in carry-on luggage.

What is the Plant Export Inspection?

When exporting plants, fruits and vegetables, an inspection is conducted at the point of export to prevent pests from entering other countries. After the inspection, you may be told to take measures such as disinfecting the fruit.
When taking fruits or vegetables overseas from Japan as souvenirs, an inspection must be conducted to check whether the fruits comply with the plant and produce quarantine conditions of the destination country.

Procedure for the Plant Export Inspection

Submit an ""Application Form of Export Inspection for Plant and Plant Products"" at the airport's Plant Quarantine Counter.
If the product passes the inspection and an approval certificate is issued, the product may then be taken to the destination country.
Since the inspection generally takes 30 to 40 minutes, please arrive at the airport early and begin the process.

Fill in the application form for export inspection

Export inspection

If approved

Plant quarantine certificate is issued

Check-in, customs, immigration, boarding

Airport Plant Quarantine Counter

Narita Airport No. 1

Passenger Terminal No. 1, 4th Floor North Wing Departures Gate
TEL:0476-32-6694 FAX:0476-32-6672

Narita Airport No. 2

Passenger Terminal No. 2, 1st Floor A-Zone
TEL:0476-34-2352 FAX:0476-34-2354

Haneda Airport

International Passenger Terminal, 3rd Floor
Near Check-In Counter L
TEL:03-5757-9790 FAX:03-3747-0806

Kansai Airport

Terminal No. 1 North Building, 4th Floor Near the North Departures Gate
TEL:072-455-1936 FAX:072-455-1943

Fukuoka Airport

International Terminal Building, 3rd Floor South Side
Across from Check-In Counter M
TEL:092-477-7575 FAX:092-477-7576

New Chitose Airport

International Terminal Building, 3rd Floor
TEL:0123-24-6154 FAX:0123-24-6158

Application Form of Export Inspection for Plant and Plant Products

Follow the instructions and fill out the A4-size form, then submit it to the Plant Quarantine Counter.

Application Form of Export Inspection.pdf download

”KIRAKIRA ZIPANGU” provide the required plant quarantine document as a service.

Instructions (For passengers with carry-on luggage; some parts of the form are filled out differently for passengers sending items separately or carrying items in checked luggage.)

  • Write the name and address of the applicant.
  • Write the date of application.
  • Write “Hand Baggage”.
  • Write “N/A”.
  • Write the date of departure from Japan.
  • Write the name of the airport of departure.
  • Write the name of the airport of arrival in English.
  • Write the name of the destination country in English.
  • Write the name and address of the person carrying the fruits in English.
  • Write the name and address of the person receiving the fruits in English.
  • Write the type of fruits in English.
  • Write the name of the fruits in binomial nomenclature, for example:
    Melon: Cucumis melo
    Peache:Prunus persica
    Apple:Malus pumila var. domestica
    Persimmon:Diospyros kaki
    Japanese pear: Pyrus serotina var. culta
    Grape:Vitis sp.
    Cherrie: Prunus avium
    Strawberry :Fragaria×ananassa
  • Write the quantity of fruit packages.
  • Write the quantity and units of fruits.
  • Write the name of the prefecture where the fruit was grown.