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Taking medication to Japan

I always take an original prescription label that the pharmacist prints out for me and put it on a small ziplock bag. I use this to cut down on bulky bottles. I heard that Japan is strict about medication and I want to see if anyone has any advice. I have contacted their government web site and registered my controlled meds and that is no problem. They said that the ones I have are not controlled there. I have traveled all over the world with my meds in these pouches and no one ever even asked about them. Any advice? Or experience with problems with their meds?

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We just returned from Japan on November 30. We did not have our medications looked at once. I had them in easy to carry, small pill bags that were labeled but no one asked, not once.

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You should be fine.

Just be aware that you can only bring in a 30 day supply of presciption medication. If you need to bring in more, you have to get a special certificate of import.

I have never been stopped in Japan.

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You have been given great advice. What about medical devices? Insulin pumps, CPAP,...etc. have to be accompanied with the import form.

To be more than 100% safe, ask your doctor for prescriptions. You can print them out or save them on your phone.

Happy travels! Japan is awesome.