Helpful Hints for PCSing with your pet
• When PCSing to or from Okinawa, your pet will need to have a health certificate completed within 10 days of arrival or departure. (Many airlines will require a health certificate dated within 2 - 3 days of your flight. Please contact your airline to verify.) The health certificate must be signed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and can be acquired at the Kadena Veterinary Clinic. To obtain your Health Certificate, call the Veterinary Clinic two Mondays prior to your departure to make an appointment. You must bring to your appointment your pet's rabies tag and rabies certificate. If seen by a civilian vet, both your health certificate and rabies certificate must have a USDA raised seal stamp and be signed by the attending vet (only when PCSing from US to Japan). If seen by a military vet there is no need for the USDA seal. Instead, a Form 2208 and 2209 are issued and must be signed by the attending military vet.
• Rabies shots must be given a minimum of 30 days - but no more than 12 months - prior to your departure.
• Dogs must have a current kennel cough vaccination if using Karing Kennels boarding facility. The vaccination must have been given at least 3 days prior to boarding and cannot be older than 12 months.
• Please refer to The Japan District Veterinary Command website for dog and cat import requirements for coming to
Checking Weather for Your PCS
If you are PCSing between 15 May and 15 September, prepare to have a back-up plan in case the flight is unable to fly your pet due to temperatures at the transfer point exceeding 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Suggestions for your back-up plan:
• Choose early morning or late evening flights to avoid the worst heat of the day.
• Plan on renting a vehicle to drive to your final destination in the event that your connecting flight cannot fly your pet due
to the temperature restrictions.
• Leave a Power of Attorney for a trusted friend who is still on island and is willing to watch your pet and make
arrangements to fly them to you at a later date.
• If you are traveling commercially, you will need to take your pet, the kennel, your military ID, flight information/itinerary,
and five copies of your pet's rabies certificate, health certificate, and your orders to the quarantine office at the Naha
Airport at least a day or two prior to your flight. The quarantine office is open Monday - Sunday 8:30 am - Noon and 1 pm
- 5 pm. Please call ahead to confirm hours.
• If your pet is traveling commercially without you, you will need a USFJ Form 380 EJ, which can be obtained at TMO.
The USFJ Form 380 (Customs Free Import or Export of Cargo or Customs Declaration of Personal Property) is required
if a pet is not on your orders or is flying unaccompanied without you (for PCSing from US to Japan).
• Limit the use of tranquilizers and sedatives. Only use them at the recommendation of your veterinarian. Tranquilizers
and sedatives can affect the temperature regulation of your pet's body and cause other adverse effects.
• Try to travel on the same flight as your pet. If there is a delay you will be able to walk and feed your pet, and if
necessary take the pet to a hotel with you.
• Be sure that your pet is crate trained. For several weeks before the flight get your pet used to spending several hours in
the crate with a comfortable pad and toys.
• Use a portable kennel that meets USDA and airline requirements. Kennels may not be collapsible and some airlines will
not accept soft-sided kennels (usually if traveling in cabin and not exceeding 10.5 inches in height). Please contact your airline for specific information on kennel regulations.
• Freeze water in either the water dish or a water bottle the night before. It is also suggested that you not feed your pet
within 6 hours of departure.
Helpful Numbers For PCSing with Your Pets
• Karing Kennels: 959-4062
Kadena Veterinary Clinic: 959-1300
(Commercial Phone: 011-81-98-959-1300)
• Commercial airlines from Naha:
Japan Airlines (JAL): 862-3311
All Nippon (ANA): 861-1212
• Naha Quarantine Office, Okinawa: 098-857-4468
Embassy of Japan, Washington DC: 02-939-6700
US Fish & Wildlife Service, Virginia: 703-358-2104 (ext. 5423)
Quarantine for Hawaii: 808-483-7151