Japan Approves “Sayonara Tax”

April 17, 2018 Taxation in Japan

Departure tax JapanTOKYO – Japan’s will soon charge you to leave the country, and will then use the money to get tourists into the countryside.

Last week the government of Japan approved a new departure tax, which has already come to be called the “sayonara tax”.

From January 7th, 2019, anybody departing the country by aeroplane or ship will be required to pay a tax of JPY 1 000.

The only notable exceptions to the tax will be children under the age of 2, and travellers who are leaving the country within 24 hours of their initial arrival.

The tax is expected to raise a total of JPY 6 billion, in the first 3 months of next year alone, with the total rising to as much as JPY 43 billion per year by 2020.

The government has already set forward rules which stipulate that any revenues gathered from the tax will need to be used for tourism-related projects and infrastructure.

The money from the tax will also be used to fund tourism campaigns and to encourage travellers to visit oft-neglected areas, such as rural Japan.

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