Ever Heard of the Japanese Departure Tax?

Planning a trip to Japan soon? Make sure to have at least a  budget of 500 Pesos to your travel budget. Starting January 7, 2019, the Japanese government will collect a departure tax of 1,000 yen from each person leaving their country by aircraft or ship, regardless of nationality.

 

Japan says that it will be used to set up facial recognition gates at airports, multilingual information boards, and cashless payment terminals for public transport, the report added. The Japanese government has set a goal of increasing foreign tourists to 40 million by 2020 in time for the Tokyo hosts the Olympics and the Paralympics. This is counterproductive as it may deter people.

 

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Those who leave Japan within 24 hours after entering will be exempted from the departure tax. Children under two years old are exempted as well. However, despite this added tax, Filipinos seem to be flocking to Japan; steadily and gradually increasing the numbers these past few years after the country relaxed it’s visa policy and discounted tickets offered by local airlines.

 

This is disconcerting to most people, especially those who are not used to departure taxes or even those who have not heard and/or encountered this tax. It’s ridiculous on many levels because, let’s face it, Japan is already one of the most financially stable nations in the world and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll need taxes.

 

As stated above, it takes an extra One Thousand Yen to leave the country and there were 26,109,324 visits to Japan. Let’s assume they all left, shall we? That’s 26,109,324,000. You saw that right, readers. Twenty Six Billion Yen. That’s a lot of money albeit an extortion.

 

Many tourists appear not to mind this tax but there are several who do. You’d think that it’s inclusive of your tax but you have to pay another tax to leave.

 

Reference: Visiting Japan? Prepare to pay departure tax

 

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