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Need to bring hydrocodone medication

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Need to bring hydrocodone medication

My wife takes hydrocodone as a necessary pain medication. However, it is classified as a narcotic and on the list of drugs that one cannot bring into Japan without a Yakkan Shoumei. Unfortunately according to the information I have read here....http://www.ncd.mhlw.go.jp/en/application.html .... this document takes at least 2 weeks to complete and is sent by snail mail. We leave in 12 days.

Can anyone suggest a solution, please?

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1. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

Consult with your local Embassy of Japan on the matter whether the Yakkan Shomei can be sent by EMS or other means. Without it, you would have to delay your travel. You should not bring in what cannot be brought in without proper documentation; you may face arrest if you do, and I would not want you to face any trouble.

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2. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

Embassy is not going to help as the Bureau of Health and Welfare is the agency that oversees importation of medication. To bring in hydrocodone, you need a narcotic certificate, not a yakkanshomei. See:

www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000251002.pdf

Send an email and seek advice:

yakkan@mhlw.go.jp

You can usually apply and receive via email.

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3. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

Thank-you, Shibuyakko. We will be flying into Takamatsu Airport. Do you know what is the Regional Office of the Bureau of Health and Welfare for them? Is that Shikoku?

I see a physical address and a FAX number, but not an email address for them. Do you know if they can be contacted by email? If so, how?

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4. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

I think Shibuyakko is providing a way to contact the headquarters of the Bureau of Health and Welfare, which is authoritative compared to a branch and is more likely to have the capability of responding in English....due respect to Takamatsu.

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5. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

My mistake. Email address in #2 is for yakkanshomei, sorry.

Since you need a narcotic certificate, please send your application to:

tokyoncd@mhlw.go.jp

or

osakancd@mhlw.go.jp

They only have email addresses for Tokyo and Osaka airports. Takamatsu is closer to Osaka, but not sure if the second one is the right address. Maybe you can sent it to both.

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6. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

>> We will be flying into Takamatsu Airport

Are you sure? international flights to Takamatsu only come from HK/Seoul/Taipei/Shanghai

Your first port of entry is likely Haneda.

Edited: 12 May 2018, 03:25
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7. Re: Need to bring hydrocodone medication

OP is flying from HKG.

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