Immigration · customs
When arriving in the country for the first time, you will be fidgeting from the time you arrive at the airport. After arrival, as you go along the guided path, you will arrive in sequence at the places you have to pass, so do not worry.
The procedures after arrival are divided into five main steps, "Quarantine" → "Immigration" → "Baggage claim" → "Plant and Animal Quarantine" → "Customs." Also, when entering Japan, everyone needs to submit "Declaration of Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Articles"; this form can be obtained in the airplane cabin and in the customs inspection office. The process goes smoothly if you fill in the form beforehand.
Here, as an example we will explain the procedures at Narita Airport, Tokyo's representative airport used by many people.
First, it is "quarantine." You do not need to present passport or other documents here. Several staff members are stationed, but in many cases, none will ask you any questions, and depending on your port of departure, you may receive leaflets explaining how to protect yourself from infectious diseases. Also, depending on the epidemic infection at that time, you may receive a questionnaire on board. In that case, you are to fill out the questionnaire and submit it at this quarantine counter. Depending on the airport, they may also use special techniques to identify people with high fever. In addition, if you have subjective symptoms such as diarrhea or fever, you can consult the quarantine officer here.
After quarantine, the next stop is "immigration." Prepare your passport and answer the questions asked. Wheelchair users can use wide passageways.
After passing immigration, the next stop is "Baggage claim." Check the airline name and flight number on the guide board and proceed to the designated lane.
After receiving your baggage, proceed to "plant / animal quarantine." If you have plant products such as fruits or vegetables, or meat products such as ham or sausage, you have to inform an officer at the counter. Things that can be brought in and cannot be brought in are subject to detailed rules for each country, and some things cannot be brought in from certain countries, so we recommend that you check before departure.
Finally, you will go through "Customs," after which you can exit the airport. Here you will hand the "Declaration of Personal Effects and Unaccompanied Articles" prepared in advance to the clerk. You will be asked some questions about content and in some cases, your baggage will be inspected. In order not to get in trouble here, it is important to understand the scope of tax exemption in advance. For example, for one adult, up to 3 alcoholic beverages of 760 ml per bottle, up to 400 paper-wrapped cigarettes (limited to those living outside Japan), and 2 ounces of perfume can be brought in duty free.
This is the procedure after arrival at Narita Airport. Other regional airports have basically the same flow, although it may be somewhat simplified.