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Japan now has a new Tourist Tax

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Off to Japan to see the beautiful cherry blossoms or cruise around Japan on a Mario Kart? Japan is bound to give you a warm welcome and an amazing time, but get ready to pay up on your way back home.

Japan will be implementing an ‘International Tourist Tax’ or ‘Sayonara tax’ on international travellers as they leave the country.

On the airlines and cruise tickets, the companies will be charging extra tax and will be giving it to the Japanese Government. The tax will be around 1,000 yen or US$9, per person.

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Though not everyone has to pay for the tax. Those exempted from the tax are airline crew members, travellers who are only in Japan for less than 24 hours, cruise passengers who are stranded due to weather or other valid causes, people being deported, children under the age 2, diplomats, U.S. and United Nations armed forces personnel.

Also, as the 2020 Summer Olympics approaches, which will be held in Tokyo, the new tax will be able to generate more revenue. The tax would be directed towards the tourism infrastructure to create a more comfortable and stress-free tourist destination for tourists.

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