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.
According to local government, the revenue will be used to further refine immigration processes:
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.
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There are exemptions in this rule, however.
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