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Q & A
- QIf I don’t get a stamp in my passport because I use the automatic gates when entering Japan, am I still eligible for tax exemption?
- AYou must have an entry stamp to be eligible for tax exemption.
When using the automatic gates, make sure to get an entry stamp from a nearby immigration officer.
- QI understand that liquids cannot be brought onto the airplane, so how can I apply for tax exemption for cosmetics and so on?
- ALiquids that exceed the allowance for bringing in your carry-on luggage must be checked.
We therefore advise you to submit your tax exemption declaration to a customs officer or the airline check-in counter staff before you check your suitcase.
- QIs it true that purchases made at shopping malls and shopping streets can be consolidated for tax exemption purposes?
- AThere is a "consolidated tax exemption" program whereby purchases can be consolidated for tax exemption purposes in shopping areas where travelers need to pay separately at each store.
Please check the location of the consolidated tax exemption counter in advance and whether the store is covered by the program.
- QI left my passport at my hotel. Can I apply for tax exemption tomorrow?
- ANo. Tax exemption procedures must be done A at the time of purchase at the location where you purchased your products, so please don’t forget your passport.
Furthermore, please note that even if you use the consolidated tax exemption counter, your products will only qualify for tax exemption procedures on the day they were purchased.
- QCan I get both the liquor tax and consumption tax refunded at a sake brewery?
- AYes. You can also combine general items with consumable items (including alcohol).
However, the total amount, excluding the liquor tax and consumption tax, must be at least 5,000 yen.
- QYou often see“ duty free” at airports and other locations. What is the difference between Tax-free and Duty-free?
- AIn addition to consumption tax“, duty-free" purchases are exempt from customs duties and liquor, tobacco and other taxes.
In general,“ duty-free” purchases cannot be made in the country you are visiting but only in international zones such as airports.
But recently, you can find duty-free stores in some cities in Japan and enjoy“ duty-free” shopping under