Tokyo Narita Landing Procedures
Tokyo Narita landing procedures are a necessary part of the immigration process into Japan.
Narita airport has all the security systems that you would expect to find plus a few extra ones that came into force in 2008.
It's nothing to worry about, but they are now mandatory when entering any port in Japan.
On the plane you should receive a landing card and a yellow health form that you will need to fill out and present to immigration as you proceed through the airport system.
It is a standard part of Tokyo Narita landing procedures that the first half of the landing card is kept by immigration and they staple the other half into your passport. You must fill this out when you leave Japan so that they can track your stay. Failing to fill out the forms will only delay you as you will be made to go and complete the necessary documentation.
The health form is submitted as you walk out - before you get your bags. These forms are now pretty standard wherever you travel - certainly in Asia this is the case. As you first walk through immigration you will hand in this form as you pass through a body temperature monitoring station.
Tokyo Narita airport has its own page of FAQs to try and answer any other questions you may have about any aspects of your journey. Visit Narita Airport FAQs for more information.
Immigration, Fingerprinting And Sniffer Dogs
As you come through immigration, as part of Tokyo Narita landing procedures, you will be required to supply your fingerprints and photograph.
This system was introduced in November 2007 in response to concerns regarding increased security threats. It is easy and quick to complete. The immigration officer who checks your passport is able to take your photo and fingerprints at the same time - a matter of about 1 minute give or take.
When you get through to pick up your baggage from the carousel, don't be alarmed if you see security personnel walking around with dogs. They are sniffer dogs and are a regular feature in the baggage area. Japan has very strict laws regarding drugs and other banned substances - you have been warned.
The last part is the anything to declare line-up. Once you get through this you're out and you can start the final leg of your journey. The trip into Tokyo.