How to use a Bio Cart (notice)

Bio Carts (installed at airports on May 1, 2018)

As of October 1, 2016, the Immigration Services Agency has begun collecting personal identification information (Note 1) using Bio Carts to utilize the time foreign nationals spend waiting for landing examinations. These devices have been installed at 20 ports of entry as of February 1, 2020 (Note 2).

  • (Note 1) As of November 20, 2007, foreign nationals who wish to land in Japan are required to provide personal identification information to the Immigration Services Agency. This is in order to more quickly and accurately confirm that the identity of the landing applicant is the same as that of the passport holder, and to check it against the list of dangerous persons (as maintained by the Immigration Services Agency).
    Special permanent residents, those under the age of 16, and those invited by the head of an administrative organ are exempt from the obligation to provide personal identification information.
  • (Note 2) The 20 ports of entry are comprised of 18 airports (New Chitose, Asahikawa, Haneda, Narita, Komatsu, Shizuoka, Chubu, Kansai, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Saga, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Naha) and 2 seaports (Hakata and Hitakatsu).
Bio Carts

Purpose of installation

In recent years, the number of foreign nationals visiting Japan has been increasing rapidly. In order to reduce the waiting time at each airport’s landing examination site, a specialized device (known as a "Bio Cart") will be used for the "procedures to obtain personal identification information (fingerprints and photographs) from landing applicants," which used to be done by immigration officers at landing examination booths. Personal identification information will be obtained in advance while the applicant is waiting for their landing examination. The purpose of this is to expedite the immigration procedures for foreign tourists and reduce the workload of immigration officers at the landing examination booths.

Diagram of the landing examination area after the installation of Bio Carts

Diagram of the Landing Examination Area after the Installation of Bio Carts

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Step 1: At the Bio Cart

  • Taking of fingerprints and photograph of the applicant

Step 2: At the Examination Booth

  • Verification of the information on the embarkation and/or disembarkation card
  • Verification of fingerprints and facial match
  • Confirmation of meeting landing conditions
  • Landing permission

Examination procedure after the implementation of Bio Carts

Bio Cart assistance and passport scanning

  1. Operational assistants (*) will be stationed in front of the passport reader of each Bio Cart, and will guide the landing applicant to the front of the Bio Cart where the camera and fingerprint capture device is located.

    * "Operational assistant" refers to those who assist landing applicants who are using the Bio Cart to provide their personal identification information (fingerprints and photograph).

  2. The operational assistant receives the passport from the landing applicant and scans the passport information using the passport reader.
Standby screen

Taking fingerprints

The landing applicant will provide fingerprint images by placing both of their index fingers on the scanner of the fingerprint capture device.

* We kindly ask for your understanding in cases where fingerprints cannot be scanned due to severely dry fingers, wheelchair use, or difficult-to-obtain fingerprints. In these cases, procedures will be handled at the landing examination booths.

Screen for taking fingerprints

Taking photograph

The Bio Cart takes a photograph of the landing applicant with a facial-recognition camera.

* After providing their fingerprints and photograph, the landing applicant proceeds to the landing examination booth where an immigration officer will confirm the results of the personal identification information verification, ask about the applicant's purpose of entry, and complete the necessary examination procedures.

Screen for taking photograph
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