Due to the record-breaking number of international travellers visiting Japan in recent times, effective 7 January 2019, the nation will begin to impose an International Tourist Tax for all departures from Japan by sea or air.
Given that tourism is one of the few growth sectors remaining in Japan, the government is looking to invest in the sector through the new tax. Revenues will be used strictly to promote further tourism by boosting infrastructure, funding tourism campaigns globally, and promoting tourism to destinations in rural Japan.
All travellers departing from Japan will be taxed at the rate of ¥1,000 (S$12.20) per departure, whether they are Japanese or non-Japanese. The tax will be added to the fares for both air and sea travels.
The operators of businesses involving the paid transportation of international passengers are responsible for collecting the International Tourist Tax prior to the passenger boarding their chosen means of transportation out of Japan.
Businesses with any offices in Japan must pay the taxes collected to the customs office within their jurisdiction.
The collected taxes must be transferred over to the customs office by end of the second month that the international passenger departed from Japan.
The following will be exempted from having to pay the tax:
Note: Exemptions for state guests and those stationed for official purposes (diplomats, etc.) will be based on reciprocity.