Japan Considers Preclearance Facilities at Foreign Airports to Speed Arrivals
With an eye towards reducing the wait time for processing travelers arriving on international flights, the Japanese government is considering the use of immigration and customs preclearance facilities in other countries.
The preclearance program would include much of what visitors undergo upon arrival in Japan including an interview with an Immigration Bureau officer and customs inspection as well as obtaining the visitors fingerprints and photo. Upon arrival in Japan, travelers who went through the preclearance process would be directed to special lanes where the screening would be much shorter and omit the steps handled prior to the flight.
The news was first reported in the Nikkei Asian Review.
The program would start in South Korea and Taiwan before expanding to other countries. The government said it was in talks to set up preclearance facilities in both countries in the coming year.
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