immigration at Narita

Old Jan 9, 19, 8:57 am
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immigration at Narita

Does JAL give first class passengers a 'fast pass' to get through immigration as BA does?
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Old Jan 9, 19, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by goingitalone View Post
Does JAL give first class passengers a 'fast pass' to get through immigration as BA does?
Yes!

Don't leave it sitting on the counter next to your seat after they're passed out though. It seems to have an affinity for the space between the seat and the wall. Slightest movement and that slip was gone.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 11:30 pm
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Remember to have it at hand and don't lose it, because a simple F boarding pass will NOT grant you entry to that lane.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 8:29 am
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Considering how fast Japan immigration is, there isnt a big impact.
Unless you want to beat your bag to the baggage carrousel!
Unless u dont have checked baggage, then the short wait for your bag and the customs check will even up the time.
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Old Jan 14, 19, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Tokyoite View Post
Considering how fast Japan immigration is, there isnt a big impact.
Unless you want to beat your bag to the baggage carrousel!
Unless u dont have checked baggage, then the short wait for your bag and the customs check will even up the time.
This is the same in Changi, except they don't even bother to hand out fast track passes!
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Old Jan 14, 19, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Tokyoite View Post
Considering how fast Japan immigration is, there isnt a big impact.
Unless you want to beat your bag to the baggage carrousel!
Unless u dont have checked baggage, then the short wait for your bag and the customs check will even up the time.
That depends on the time of day, there can be some massive lines for immigration at Narita. The number of officers are usually high as well, but I can't imagine they don't take significantly longer than the wait for F tagged luggage to appear.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 6:04 am
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Don't forget, that's what that 1,000 exit tax we're paying for is suppose to help speed up immigration :-P

In reality, I don't think I've ever waited more than 10 minutes tops at Narita immigration. I can't say the same about Terminal 1 at JFK when I came back last week :-P
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Old Jan 15, 19, 6:49 am
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Most of the F arrival flights have no use for this cause the immigration is empty.

Last time I wanted to use it I was kept waiting for them to have someone to get in there to set up. Not faster at all.
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I exited immigration and customs within 5 minutes after deplaning today at 1500 (no checked luggages, inbound from JFK on JL).

Used regular foreigners queue.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by SQTraveller View Post
This is the same in Changi, except they don't even bother to hand out fast track passes!
Last time I was in Changi, 50 minutes just to get through immigration. That is not fast in my book.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by mapleg View Post
Last time I was in Changi, 50 minutes just to get through immigration. That is not fast in my book.
Not to digress, but changi has multiple immigration points, so u need to research n pick wisely!
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Old Jan 15, 19, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
I exited immigration and customs within 5 minutes after deplaning today at 1500 (no checked luggages, inbound from JFK on JL). Used regular foreigners queue.
Today.....8AM arrival from BKK....i timed it. I caught a train leaving 10 minutes after the doors were open. No check in luggage.
Shocked even by NRT immigration/customs check speed standards.
Of course, if you get stuck behind a busload of mainland/SE Asia pax.....it will take 20-30 minutes just to go through.
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Originally Posted by mapleg View Post
Last time I was in Changi, 50 minutes just to get through immigration. That is not fast in my book.
Interesting. A number of things might have happened here but I would say that is quite unusual. However, it depends on who's queuing with you.

If you have a lot of people from Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand etc coming in at the same time, you will definitely be held up. And Terminal 1 is for sure a longer queue.

Terminal 3 is usually cleared very quickly.

Bear in mind, if you are one of these:
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport holders
  • Australian passport holders
  • People's Republic of China (PRC) passport holders
  • United States of America (US) passport holders
  • Malaysian citizens
You can use the automated machines but will need to register first
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Old Jan 15, 19, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by SQTraveller View Post
Interesting. A number of things might have happened here but I would say that is quite unusual. However, it depends on who's queuing with you.

If you have a lot of people from Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand etc coming in at the same time, you will definitely be held up. And Terminal 1 is for sure a longer queue.

Terminal 3 is usually cleared very quickly.

Bear in mind, if you are one of these:
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport holders
  • Australian passport holders
  • People's Republic of China (PRC) passport holders
  • United States of America (US) passport holders
  • Malaysian citizens
You can use the automated machines but will need to register first
While it's nice to have data point, I really don't care about SIN immigration in this NRT thread.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by JALPak View Post
While it's nice to have data point, I really don't care about SIN immigration in this NRT thread.

sure
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