Submitted by smorales_1281 on Feb 06,2019
International Tourist Tax Levied on Travelers Departing Japan
As of January 7, 2019, an international tourist tax has been levied on travelers departing Japan. Each passenger will be taxed 1,000JPY, except for transit passengers, children under the age of two, and flight crew.
Departure Information & Landing Permit Requirements
International passenger transport business operators are required to pay the “International Tourist Tax” collected from international tourists to the appropriate tax office or customs office by the end of the second month after the international tourists’ departure by the following methods.
For example, the “International Tourist Tax” collected from international tourists leaving Japan between 1 and 31 March, 2019, shall be paid by May 31, 2019.
- Domestic business operators
Domestic business operators shall pay the “International Tourist Tax” collected from international tourists to the tax authorities that have jurisdiction over their respective places of tax payment.
There are three payment methods:
(1) payment over the counter
(2) electronic payment (direct payment, internet banking, etc.) and
(3) payment by credit card
For details, please visit the National Tax Agency website.
- Overseas business operators
Overseas business operators shall pay the International Tourist Tax collected from international tourists to the customs that have jurisdiction over their respective places of tax payment.
There are two payment methods:
(1) payment over the counter and
(2) electronic payment (Multi-Payment)
For details, please visit the Japan Customs website.
Tax exemptions are divided into three categories: untaxable, non-taxable, and exempted.
- Shift and aircraft crew members
- Those being deported
- Those leaving Japan by a special means (e.g. government plane)
- Those who have retured to Japan without entering another country after departure from Japan due to weather or under other unavoidable circumstances
- Transit pasengers (leaving Japan within 24 hours of arrival)
- Passengers of international ships stopping at Japan due to weather or under other unavoidable circumstances
- Children under the age of two
- Diplomats, consuls, and other personnel stationed in Japan (for official purposes only and based on reciprocity)
- State guests and others with equivalent status (based on reciprocity)
- US Armed Forces personnel and UN Armed Forces personnel (for official purposes only)
Allocation of International Tourist Tax
Revenues from the International Tourist Tax will be allocated to the following three areas:
- Create a more comfortable, stress-free tourist environment
- Improve access to information about a wide variety of attractions of Japan
- Develop tourist resources taking advantage of the unique cultural and natural assets of respective regions
Security level: 1
Crime and infrequent demonstrations are the primary security concerns for travelers to Japan. North Korean missile launches and nuclear tests have the potential to affect the security environment. The threat of terrorist attack in Japan is low, but concerns have increased regarding the terrorist presence across Asia in general. Natural disasters, including tropical cyclones and seismic activiy, regularly occur in Japan.
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Pete Bennett - Manager, Global Trip Support, Singapore
As Manager, Global Trip Support, Singapore for World Fuel Services, Pete Bennett oversees the day-to-day operations of the Singapore, Shanghai, and Mumbai Trip Support teams. Since joining World Fuel Services in 2004, he has been instrumental in the development of the International Trip Support department, having held positions as Operations Team Supervisor and Operations Floor Supervisor before being promoted to Trip Support management in 2009. He is currently based in the World Fuel Services Singapore office where he has been since July 2016. Pete holds an FAA Dispatch License and a Private Pilot Certificate.
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