Prohibited and Restricted Things in Okinawa

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Animal and Plant Quarantine

Animal and plant quarantine is in place for the purpose of preventing the import and export of animals, animal products and plants or their produce that may carry disease or insect pests. Inspections are carried out at ports and airports in order to prevent the introduction and spread of disease and pests.
Japan prohibits or restricts the importation of items from specific countries and regions to prevent the introduction of disease and insect pests from overseas which may cause significant harm to Japan’s livestock industry and agriculture.
Other countries and regions also implement animal and plant quarantines. When taking animals, animal products, plants or their produce out of Okinawa, you should check the quarantine rules of the destination country. Japan also conducts inspections.
For details, contact the respective animal and plant quarantine stations.

Items Prohibited from Being Taken Out of Okinawa

The Southwestern Islands, including Okinawa Prefecture, have pests that cause serious damage to plants such as sweet potatoes and citrus fruits. To prevent them from spreading the transportation of certain plants out of Okinawa is regulated by law. Please beware, as you may be punished for any violations.

Sweet potato (including the Beniimo)

Kandaba (stems and leaves of sweet potato)

Uncheba (ipomoea)

The morning glory family

Seedlings, branches, leaves of citrus

Seedlings, branches, and leaves of orange jasmine and curry leaf

Plants Prohibited from Being Taken to Kume Island

Sweet potato weevil (a sweet potato pest) was eradicated from Kume Island in 2013 . To prevent re-intrusion, taking sweet potato, etc. to Kume Island from areas with the sweet potato weevil, such as Okinawa and Amami, is regulated by law.

Sweet potato (including the Beniimo)

Kandaba (stems and leaves of sweet potato)

Uncheba (ipomoea)

The morning glory family

This is to Prevent the Spread of These Pests!

Cylas formicarius

Euscepes postfasciatus

Diaphorina citri

Citrus greening disease

Photos courtesy of Naha Plant Protection Office (unauthorized use is prohibited)

Note 1:
The above plant is an example.

Note 2:
Processed goods, fruits, and seeds of these plants will not be subject to the transportation restriction.

Note 3:
If the tuberous root of the sweet potato is steamed and the citrus seedlings and Murraya paniculata, etc. pass inspection, they can be taken out of Okinawa. However, please be sure to contact the office below in advance.

Note 4:
Fruits, such as citrus, mango, and papaya, as well as vegetables, such as bitter gourd and watermelon, can be taken out of Okinawa freely.

Contact: Naha Plant Protection Office

TEL: (098)868-1679
WEB: http://www.maff.go.jp/pps/