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Travellers departing Japan to be charged US$9 sayonara tax

Travellers departing Japan to be charged US$9 sayonara tax

TOKYO: Japan, by air or by sea, will have to pay a so-called sayonara tax of 1,000 yen (about US$9), unless in transit for less than 24 hours.

This is likely to be added to your airfare during purchase, so you probably won’t notice it unless flying with a low-cost carrier, such as HK Express, in which case it could add a percentage to your return ticket price.

The money collected will supposedly go towards improving tourism infrastructure,