Japan begins collecting ¥1,000 departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion plan www.japantimes.co.jp

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 months, 1 week ago

Japan started collecting a ¥1,000 departure tax Monday from each traveler leaving the country in an effort to fund measures to attract more foreign visitors in the run-up to and beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The new tax, which applies to both air and sea travel, will be tacked onto transportation fares of passengers who bought tickets after Monday regardless of their nationality. Toddlers under the age of 2 and transit passengers leaving Japan within 24 hours of arrival will be exempted. The levy will also not be imposed on those who depart after entering the country due to bad weather or other unavoidable circumstances.