Moving to a new destination comes with a long list of to-dos and things to remember. Making an international move adds another layer of complexity, with an additional set of procedures, rules, customs regulations, and even cultural differences that you’ll need to know about.
Here at DeWitt Guam, we’re well-versed in international moves. Even though Guam is a U.S. territory, moves to the U.S. mainland are treated as international moves in terms of customs procedures. As a result, we’ve got a ton of experience in navigating all the paperwork, rules, and procedures that come with international moves. Start by downloading our International Move Checklist.
In this article, we’ll highlight a popular international destination for those leaving Guam: the country of Japan. We’ll show you everything you need to know to make an easy transition if you’re leaving Guam for Japan. Or, if you’re headed the other way, we’ll also show you what you need to know about joining us on the beautiful island of Guam.
Moving to Japan
If you’re leaving Guam for Japan, you might take comfort in knowing that you’ll still be living on an island, one that’s a part of a longer island chain. However, there’s a pretty significant difference in size.
- The Mariana Islands archipelago includes 15 islands for a total land area of 389 mi². (Guam is the largest at 217 mi² .)
- The Japanese archipelago includes 7,000 islands with a total land area of 145,898 miles².
In addition to offering you plenty of islands to explore, Japan can also be your gateway for discovering the rest of Asia. Many countries are just a short flight away, making it easy for you to country hop with relative ease. As you’re preparing for the move from Guam to Japan, here’s what you need to know. Special Notes about Japan Moves:
Japanese Accommodations Are Smaller- Large, oversized furniture—like a giant sectional couch—may not fit through the doors and stairwells in your new home. If you have any doubts, ask your mover for further advice.
Bringing Pets to Japan Requires Extra Paperwork- Since Guam is a recognized rabies-free destination, you’ll have a much easier time. However, it’s important to review the rules to ensure your pet doesn’t have to endure a lengthy quarantine.
Customs: All your household goods will go through Customs procedures in
Japanese Customs Fees: If you’re moving to Japan with the plan of staying more than a year, any household goods can be imported free of duties/taxes, within reasonable limits. Note that these goods must have been in use for more than a year prior to their arrival.
Documents Needed for Your Move to Japan:
- Customs declaration forms, which you’ll receive on the plane
- A copy of your passport
- A detailed packing list/inventory of your household goods, which your mover will help you prepare
- Ocean bill of lading or air waybill, which your mover will provide
- Keys and combinations to any locked baggage
- Alcohol: Three bottles of 760ml per adult
- Tobacco: 400 cigarettes, 20 individual packages, 100 cigars, and 500 grams per adult, all of which must be under a total allowance of 500 grams.
- Perfume: 2 ounces