Good News For All Foreign Visitors To Japan!
New Immigration System That Will Cut The Waiting Times
at Japanese International Airports
I bet one of the hideous things to do at the airport is to get in line and wait to get through the immigration. How long is the waiting time that you think it is reasonable? In Japan, the average waiting time of their international airports are as follows (data from The Ministry of Justice):
Kansai International Airport (Osaka) - 38 minutes
Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya) - 26 minutes
Haneda International Airport (Tokyo) - 24 minutes
Narita International Airport (Tokyo) - 18 minutes
If you think even 18 minutes is too long for you, maybe there is a good news for you!
The Japanese Ministry of Justice announced that in order to shorten the waiting times at the airport and ease the burden on foreign visitors, they will bring in a new passport control system this fall!
A new machine called "Bio Cart" will be installed in the international airports. This machine will be used to take a photo of the visitor's face and record his/her fingerprint information while visitors wait in line. It is said that this will cut the time each visitor spend at the counter with the immigration officer.
An illustration of the new system (in Japanese):
|Pictures credited to goo.ne.jp|
62 Bio Cart will first be installed at the Kansai International Airport this fall. Other 19 machines will be installed at Naha Airport in Okinawa and Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa Prefecture. Bio Carts are expected to be used in all Japanese international airports in the future.
As being a foreign visitor too, I am happy to hear this great news and hope that I can start my trip in Japan as quick as I can once I arrived! What do you think?
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