Narita Electronic Customs Gates Available to Foreigners
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Narita, Chiba Pref., Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Customs on Tuesday started to make electronic customs declaration gates at Narita International Airport available to foreigners visiting Japan.
The move came in response to the increasing number of foreign visitors ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next summer. Previously, only Japanese people were eligible to use the gates.
The authorities hope the expanded use of the smart gates will simplify customs procedures and help ease congestion at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
The gates allow travelers to complete the customs declaration procedures using an app on their smartphones. They can pass the gates after having their passports and a quick response code on their handsets scanned by a reader.
Before the introduction of the electronic gates, people needed to fill out a form to declare their belongings, such as alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]