FYI – Travelers leaving Japan to pay departure tax from Jan 7 2019
$12.50 to be collected from each person leaving by plane or ship Visitors to Japan will have to pay a 1,000 yen ($12.50) levy when leaving the country from Monday, Japanese media reported.
Japan will start collecting the 1,000 yen departure tax for each person leaving the country by aircraft or ship regardless of nationality, the Japan Times reported on Tuesday. Under the relevant law, which was enacted in April last year, the levy will be collected each time an individual leaves the country, and comes on top of airfare, ship fare and travel fees.
The Japanese government plans to utilize the revenue from the tax for measures to accommodate more foreign visitors to the country, develop tourism bases and improve immigration procedures, said officials, according to the Japan Times.
People leaving Japan within 24 hours of their transit entry and children under two years old will be exempted from the departure tax, the report said. Those with tickets purchased and issued before Jan 7 will also be exempted, it added.
The revenue from the tax is estimated to hit 6 billion yen in the 2018 fiscal year to March this year, and 50 billion yen in the 2019 fiscal year, the Japan Times said. Specifically, the revenue will be used to set up facial recognition gates at airports for speedier immigration procedures, while also promoting the use of multilingual information boards and helping to introduce more cashless payment terminals for public transportation.