11 Apr '18, 5pm
Japan to charge ¥1,000 sayonara departure tax on all travellers from Jan. 7, 2019 https://t.co/r4f0vGi9fb
All travellers leaving Japan from Jan. 7, 2019 will need to pay a “sayonara levy” of ¥1,000 (S$12.20). It applies to both Japanese and foreign travellers leaving the country by plane or ship. The departure tax will be added to airfares and ship fares. Toddlers under two years old and transit passengers leaving Japan within 24 hours of arrival will be exempted. Advertisement Why? Japan’s Parliament enacted a Bill on April 11, 2018 to introduce the departure tax. The government aims to use the extra tax revenue to boost tourism infrastructure and promote travel destinations in rural Japan. Money collected would also be used to fund global tourism campaigns to attract more tourists to Japan for the next decade or more to boost the economy. How much collected? Revenue from the tax is estimated to amount to around ¥43 billion (S$526.6 million) per fiscal year. There were about ...