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Traveling to Japan in April, to join cruise ship to Vancouver , will have one overnight stay in Yokohama , then three ports of call in Japan as lart of the cruise What documentation if any required and when would it need to be presented ? Also , will there be any problems taking a single dose of Codiene ashore during a port visit.

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You must obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. The forms are here: fill them and mail them to the bureau with jurisdiction over your port of entry (address on the last page), along with a prescription, a self-addressed envelope and an International Reply Coupon (or Japanese stamps if you can get them). Then wait for it to come back, and keep it with you when you pass customs. Since codeine is a "restricted article", you must declare it (this will be mentioned on the customs form you will be given on the plane).

  • It is to note that although checks are extremely infrequent (unless you announce you intent to the world or are specifically questioned about medicines), getting caught can send you to Jail within Japan for many years. There are (by comparison much weaker) alternatives available within Japanese 'drug' stores if you don't feel all the paperwork is worth it for a single Codeine shot. – The Wandering Coder Feb 1 '16 at 9:42

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