New Japan International Tourist Tax Starts Tomorrow
There is a new Japan International Tourist Tax starting tomorrow. Effective tomorrow, 7th January 2019, International tourist to Japan will need to pay a new 1,000 Yen (RM 38) departure tax. This is similar to the Indonesia Departure Tax.
The new Japan International Tourist Tax will be used to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure.
Revenue from the International Tourist Tax will be allocated to the following three areas:
- Create a more comfortable, stress-free tourist environment.
- Improve access to information about a wide variety of attractions of Japan.
- Develop tourist resources taking advantage of the unique cultural and natural assets of respective regions.
There will be exemptions for travellers who have the following criteria as below:
- Crew members
- Persons subject to deportation
- Persons leaving Japan by an official airplane or ship such as government plane
- Transit passengers who leave Japan within 24 hours after entry
- Passengers who planned to travel between third countries but happened to stop by Japan due to emergency condition such as inclement weather
- Passengers who planned to depart for a foreign country but happened to return to Japan due to emergency condition such as inclement weather
- Passengers under the age of 2
- Certain foreign diplomats and military personnel dispatched to Japan departing for official purpose
If you purchase an air ticket issued before 7th January 2019, you will be exempted from paying the new Japan International Tourist Tax. Today is the last day for you to purchase the air ticket to Japan without paying the additional 1,000 Yen.
The New Japan International Tourist Tax will be collected by airlines and cruises. If you purchase airline tickets or cruise tickets to Japan, you will have to 1,000 Yen more.