Quarantine Procedures


The Animal Health Requirements may have changed. Please ask your country's government for details.

All quarantine procedures are based on the special animal health protocols agreed upon between the government authorities of each country and the Japanese Government. Import is thereby under the conditions that the horse will be temporarily imported to Japan to run in a race and will immediately undergo export quarantine after the race.

Under the quarantine conditions applied to overseas trained horses, the Government mandates that the period of stay of a horse in Japan shall be 60 days or less (from the day of release from import quarantine up to the day before export quarantine).

The following quarantine procedures will take place:
  1. a)Upon arrival at the international airport, horses must be immediately transported to the Quarantine Center. Japanese Government quarantine officers carry out individual quarantine procedures for the participating horses. However, horses arriving on the same plane will normally be tested together.
  2. b)The import quarantine period is a minimum of seven days (arrival and departure date to and from the quarantine is included in the quarantine period). Transportation to the Racecourse is allowed only after the completion of import quarantine. It is necessary to clear all the tests that are required by the Japanese Government during the quarantine period.
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  4. c)During the quarantine period, horses must follow the training timetable designated by the quarantine officer.
  5. d)During the quarantine period, Grooms and Exercise Riders are prohibited without proper authorization from leaving the Quarantine Center.
  6. e)On the last day of the quarantine period, a test for equine influenza will be conducted by an official JRA veterinarian in addition to a Japanese Government test.
  7. f)After being cleared from quarantine, necessary follow up measures will be instituted at the racecourse for epidemic prevention.
  8. g)The export quarantine will be conducted at the racecourse. The period is one day or less. However, this is not applicable in cases where the Government of the importing country (e.g. Australia) requires more days of the quarantine period than that which is prescribed by the Japanese Government.

Quarantine Centers

Shiroi Quarantine Center

This Quarantine Center is about 50km/31.1 miles from the Narita International airport. It is about 60 minutes by the horse van from the airport. The facility accommodates a dirt training track of 1,400m (about 7 furlongs) in circumference and 17m wide.

Quarantine Center (JRA Horseracing School)

36, Rooms: 72

Transportation time from Shiroi Quarantine Center to Each Racecourse / Airport * by horse van

From Narita International Airport: 50km/31 miles 1 hours
To Tokyo Racecourse: 65km/40.5miles 2 hours
To Nakayama Racecourse: 10km/6.2miles 0.5 hours
To Chukyo Racecourse: 372km/231 miles 5.5 hours
To Kyoto Racecourse: 500km/312.5 miles 9 hours
To Hanshin Racecourse: 550km/343.5 miles 10 hours

Miki Horseland Park

This Quarantine Center is located on the premises of Miki Horse Land Park, a public operated foundation in Hyogo Prefecture, in the western part of Japan. The facility accommodates a dirt outer track of 880m in circumference and 10m wide, and a smaller inner track of 627m in circumference and 10m wide.

14, Room: 28

Transportation from Miki Horseland Park to Each Racecourse / Airport * by horse van

From Kansai International Airport: 150km/93.5 miles 2 hours
To Chukyo Racecourse: 225km/139.5 miles 3 hours
To Kyoto Racecourse: 90km/56.5 miles 1.5 hours
To Hanshin Racecourse: 50km/32.5 miles 1 hour