Japan introduces travel tax


The Japanese government has implemented a JPY1 000 (R128) international tourist tax, applicable to all international travellers departing Japan by air or sea.

The tax is payable to the airline or cruise line used to leave the country, and may also be paid by a travel agency. The collected payments are then remitted to the Japanese government.

Revenues from the tax bill will be used to create a better tourist environment, improve access to information about attractions in Japan, and to develop tourist resources.

Travellers meeting certain conditions, such as children under the age of two and those leaving Japan on or after January 7 using an air ticket issued before January 7, are exempt from paying the international tourist tax.



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