Vietnam advises citizens not to bring banned food to Japan

Monday, 2019-08-12 15:44:29
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Travellers are advised not bring fresh meat and vegetables to Japan.
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NDO - The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has issued a document advising Vietnamese citizens not to bring prohibited food products when entering Japan.

The warning came after a Vietnamese citizen was arrested at immigration on July 23 for violating Japan’s animal quarantine rules.

Under Japanese law, passengers bringing plants, animals and their derived products into the country must comply with local quarantine procedures and immigration regulations.

Those who break the law could be fined up to JPY1 million (over VND200 million) or face three years in prison.

In order to avoid similar incidents, travel agencies have been asked to tell their passengers not to bring fresh meat, plants, fruits and vegetables into Japan by air travel.

For those who want to bring fruits, fresh meat and vegetables to Japan, they must obtain inspection and phytosanitary certificates issued by the Vietnamese government and comply with Japan’s quarantine procedures.

When needing assistance, Vietnamese passengers and travel agencies can contact the citizen protection hotline of the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan at +033 466 3313 or the citizen protection hotline of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry at +84 981 848484.