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Japan to implement tax for most international travelers

Planning a trip to Japan? You are going to have to pay a tax to do this.
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Go to Japan on your next vacation? Of course, you are going to be given a warm welcome. But get ready to pay to the tax authorities to come home to.

Japan is the National tax administration Ministry of Finance announced on Monday that the implementation of an “International Tourist Tax” (also known as a “sayonara tax”) on most international travelers visiting the country if leaving from Japan, the USA Today reported.

Here is how it works. Upon your return of the air carrier or cruise, the companies that you are traveling with an extra tax and give it to the Japanese government. According to USA Today, the tax will amount to about 1,000 yen, or $9 USD per person.

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According to the National tax administration website of the Ministry, the only people who are exempt from the tax will be airline crew members, people to be deported or leaving the country by the special means that if a government airplane, the people who will be staying in Japan for less than 24 hours, cruise passengers who are only in the country as a result of weather or other unforeseen causes, diplomats, state guests, the united states and the United Nations armed forces personnel, and children under 2.

As USA Today pointed out, since Tokyo is the planning for the hosting of the Olympic summer games of 2020, the new tax will generate millions in revenue. Still, there are a number of opponents of the tax, which leads to the conclusion that it can be harmful for the tourism industry in Japan.

In essence, the tax will go in the direction of the tourist infrastructure, “in an attempt to make Japan one of the top tourist destination” and “a more comfortable, stress-free tourist environment; improvement of the access to information on a wide range of attractions of Japan, [and] the development of the tourist resources to take advantage of the unique cultural and natural heritage of the respective regions,” says the National tax administration website of the Ministry.

Of course, Travel + Leisure has already been mentioned, Japan is the latest Destination of the Year. From the exciting adventures and beautiful island getaways to life-changing cuisine, we believe that this destination is worth an extra $9.

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