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Japan Introduces “Sayonara Tax” for Departing Travelers

The National Diet of Japan passed a bill on Wednesday to introduce a “Sayonara Tax” of ¥1,000 (about $9.37) for travelers departing the nation via aircraft or ship. The tax does not include those spending fewer than 24 hours in Japan, such as during layover, or to children under the age of two. The idea behind the introduction of this tax is to raise a substantial amount of money in order to revitalize the infrastructure of Japan.

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mvoight May 3, 2018

Tom Hanks, in "The Terminal", "I am delayed a long time."

chrisboote April 17, 2018

And what happens if passengers don't pay? Do they get to sit in the airport forever?

Irpworks April 14, 2018

As best as I can remember Mexico has had this at least since the late 1980's.

am1108 April 13, 2018

Nope, but they are kind of copying other countries like Costa Rica who require a Departure Fee/Tax to be paid before going through security. I thought other countries did this too... Although it sounds like what Japan will do is try to require airlines to collect the fees.

abraxis April 13, 2018