KL863: immigration queues at Narita

Old Sep 18, 2023, 9:48 am
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KL863: immigration queues at Narita

KL863 AMS-NRT. I am arriving at Narita T1 at around 08:40 on a Sunday in late November.
Any ideas on expected time to go through immigration/customs?
My previous visits to Japan were pre-COVID and immigration and customs were swift and well organised. But I have seen anecdotal evidence that queues may be much longer nowadays.
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Old Sep 20, 2023, 3:14 am
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Narita pre COVID was very hit and miss. They do a lot of random searches on hand luggage and the clothing you wear. They went through a time were people were getting free trips to Japan to smuggle gold inside their clothes and luggage. Before that it was food checks. The longest I have ever waited is about 30 minutes. Compared to European and American airports it will be a BREEZE.
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Old Sep 20, 2023, 3:44 am
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I cant say for your specific time but these days the skyteam terminal at NRT is an absolute ghost town compared to the past. Immigration is usually swift but customs take some time.
I cant remember if they have the new system that HND has where you register online and go through the face scanners but thats usually the quickest way out as people rarely bother using it and customs checks are expedited.
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Old Sep 20, 2023, 4:42 am
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[MENTION=894852]Digicola[/MENTION]: Thanks for the info on a potential customs short cut, by using an automated face scanner.
I wonder if this is mentioned in KLM's aerodoc online tool?

Here is a link:
https://www.customs.go.jp/english/pa...ation_app.html

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Old Sep 20, 2023, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by mikem004
[MENTION=894852]Digicola[/MENTION]: Thanks for the info on a potential customs short cut, by using an automated face scanner.
I wonder if this is mentioned in KLM's aerodoc online tool?
Doubtful, but here is the official Japan customs website that describes the process. Seems like Narita does have the unmanned gates.

https://www.customs.go.jp/english/passenger/egate.htm
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Old Sep 20, 2023, 4:29 pm
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Narita indeed has the e-gates for custom clearance. Used it a couple of times and it works fine.
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