Japan to slap ‘departure tax’ on travelers from next year

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Visitors to Japan will be required to pay a 1,000 yen departure tax from January next year.

Under new legislation, visitors, with the exception of infants and transit passengers, will be required to pay as they leave by air or sea.

Under the new legislation, visitors, with the exception of infants aged under two years old and those transiting within 24 hours, will be required to pay 1,000 yen (about 9 U.S. dollars) upon departing Japan.
Under the new legislation, visitors, with the exception of infants aged under two years old and those transiting within 24 hours, will be required to pay 1,000 yen (about 9 U.S. dollars) upon departing Japan.

Revenue generated from the new tax will fund the building of facilities and infrastructure to cope with the increasing numbers of tourists expected to visit Japan, reports local media.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The number of tourists visiting the country has shot up recently, owing in part to relaxed visa regulations and a comparatively weak yen bolstering the purchasing power of inbound visitors.

(Travel Gazette)

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