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Japan to Charge ¥1,000 Departure Tax Starting January 7

Travelers leaving Japan will now have to pay a departure tax amounting to ¥1,000 ($9.15 or ₱480.78) effective January 7.

According to Japanese media, the new law will apply to all individuals leaving the country, regardless of their nationality.

This imposition is included in the Japanese law enacted last April. It also tells that the levy comes on top of other travel fees such as airfare and ship fare.

Japan passport yen money

According to local government, the revenue will be used to further refine immigration processes:

  • to develop the use of multilingual information boards,
  • to set up facial recognition gates at the airport,
  • and to launch more cashless payment terminals.

Part of the revenue will also be used to secure financial resources for tourism projects, and ultimately, accommodate more tourists.

The Japanese government is expecting a surge in the number of foreigners coming to the country in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Expected revenue is about  ¥6 billion in the fiscal year 2018 through March 2019 and a whopping ¥50 billion in the following fiscal year.

Narita Airport
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There are exemptions in this rule, however.

  • Those going out of Japan within 24 hours of transit as well as children below two years old don’t have to pay the fee.
  • Travelers holding tickets purchased and issued before January 7, 2019 (Monday) will also be exempted from paying.

When in Japan, learn how to maximize your budget and make sure to visit Tokyo’s best tourist spots.

Getting a Japanese Visa is not much of a hassle as well. In fact, applying for a multiple-entry Visa to Japan is easier nowadays.


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