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Japan Introduces “Sayonara Tax” for Departing Travelers

Japan Introduces “Sayonara Tax” for Departing Travelers
Ryan Boyd

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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  1. htb

    April 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Am I the only one who thinks this move is just plain greedy? Attracting tourists who pay loads of money for hotels (including city tax levied on hotel stays) isn’t enough any more. They have to be punished for leaving. It’s despicable.

  2. abraxis

    April 13, 2018 at 4:32 pm


  3. am1108

    April 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    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.

  4. Irpworks

    April 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

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

  5. chrisboote

    April 17, 2018 at 5:21 am

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

  6. mvoight

    May 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm

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

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