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Japan Narita Customs - Importing prescription medication on prohibited list

Old Nov 12, 12, 5:21 pm
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With other medicines

Here's a question: I have four other medicines that I'll be bringing with me in at least a six-month supply (I'm studying abroad for a year.) If I were somehow to package them with those other medicines, what are the chances that they'll notice? I.e. putting them in the bottom of another container or in a container meant for another set of pills?

I highly doubt I'd ever do something like that; I don't want to ruin my trip to Japan, but I don't want to come back to America with a transcript full of Cs, either.
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Old Nov 14, 12, 1:45 am
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5 pages of speculation ...

The "appropriate" answer has already been given, in my opinion.


Consult the Japanese Embassy/Consulate on the matter and follow their guidance. And/or consult a lawyer who is throughly familiar with Japanese law on smuggling and illegal drugs. And/or ask your physician in your home country if there is another medicine that will achieve the desired effect that is also legal to bring into Japan.

If the OP [or someone else] is caught smuggling and receives particularly harsh punishment it won't make a difference what the chances are of, or that someone else received, a lesser punishment.

As others have said, it is about risk tolerance on the would be smugglers part.

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Old Oct 15, 15, 2:24 am
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Am travelling to Japan on Sunday and am currently on Cymbalta (duloxetine). I doesn't appear to be on a list of banned psychotropic drugs for Japan, but I am still worried.

Thoughts?
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Old Oct 15, 15, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by Vidic15 View Post
Am travelling to Japan on Sunday and am currently on Cymbalta (duloxetine). I doesn't appear to be on a list of banned psychotropic drugs for Japan, but I am still worried.

Thoughts?
If it is not on the list of banned drugs, then stop worrying.

I would recommend carrying it in the original prescription container.
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Old Oct 15, 15, 1:35 pm
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Quick question:

Connecting at NRT. Land at 4:30PM from LAX, leave 7:30PM JAL to SYD.

Will I enter Japan, do I need to worry about customs and personal meds?
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Old Oct 15, 15, 2:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Exec_Plat View Post
Quick question:

Connecting at NRT. Land at 4:30PM from LAX, leave 7:30PM JAL to SYD.

Will I enter Japan, do I need to worry about customs and personal meds?

You won't enter Japan and won't interact with customs. I'd worry about carrying medicines on their banned list, but I'm paranoid.
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Old Oct 18, 15, 7:42 pm
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There's always a chance that you will miss a connection, or the flight cancels or something. In that case, you may need to go through Japanese I&C to get to a hotel.

The best advice is to carry prescription meds in a prescription bottle. If it's not on the banned list, you have no issues.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 11:31 am
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2019 Update

I realise this is an old thread but I came across it when I searched for this kind of information, and others might, too. So hereís an update on the amphetamine situation:

- Vyvanse & Dexedrine have been illegal in Japan since 2018. Bring them at your own risk - any claims made about travelling with them legally prior to 2018 are inapplicable now. (It took the gov awhile but since theyíre 2 of the ingredients in Adderall, theyíre banned.)

- Ritalin & Concerta are still legal to treat narcolepsy. CONCERTA IS THE ONLY LEGAL DRUG USED TO TREAT ADHD IN JAPAN. Itís still permissible to bring Ritalin & Concerta into the country. The medical community there is only using Concerta for patients ages 6-18yo to treat ADHD though, so it might be impossible for you to get a prescription from a Japanese doctor. Youíll still need a Yakkan Shoumei to bring in large amounts of either.

- Iíve spoken to a Japanese researcher at the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy about amphetamines. He said Iíd have to go through one of Japanís Ministers of Health personally in order to bring Adderall in. *sigh*

- If you have narcolepsy, Japan also prescribes a drug called Cylert (pemoline) to treat it. Unfortunately itís illegal in the USA! (Iíve never tried it & even if I could magically get a prescription in Japan, thereís a risk that it wouldnít work.)

- Iíve brought my very necessary very illegal narcolepsy drugs through customs in my carry on bag with no issue before, and they searched EVERYTHING I had. But that was pre-2012 so they hadnít started using drug sniffing dogs yet. Despite the success stories Iíve read I wouldnít do it now.

- Military bases are considered US soil, and have drugs prescribed in the US available. So maybe you could find someone there willing to help you out - Iíve never looked into doing that but itís a thought.

- Thereís a criminal smuggling case for recreational amphetamines from 2008, from which the Japanese court said, ďĎIt is unlikely that an amateur can remain composed during inspectionsí while knowingly smuggling illegal stimulants.Ē

I am by no means an expert, and this information has been gleaned from my own research. If something Iíve said is inaccurate please correct me!









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Old Dec 19, 19, 11:06 pm
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Transiting through NRT with Adderall - 2019

Good day folks,

I am connecting through NRT from Singapore heading to IAD and have a 2.5 hour layover at the airport. I will have prescription adderall with me that I need (only 10 remaining at the time of transit). Would I have to throw them before I get on the plane at SIN? Or I would be ok taking them home. I understand that I will be clearing security, but not customs. But these meds will be in my hand luggage, so they will have a high chance of being tested, probed. What should I do in this case? Any advice for 2019 transit would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by IADFlyer123 View Post
Good day folks,

I am connecting through NRT from Singapore heading to IAD and have a 2.5 hour layover at the airport. I will have prescription adderall with me that I need (only 10 remaining at the time of transit). Would I have to throw them before I get on the plane at SIN? Or I would be ok taking them home. I understand that I will be clearing security, but not customs. But these meds will be in my hand luggage, so they will have a high chance of being tested, probed. What should I do in this case? Any advice for 2019 transit would be appreciated.
Antidotal info only. I have transited and ended in Japan numerous times and have not been searched / inspected for prescriptions.
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