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    Does anyone know of a way to find out what the departure tax is for different countries? Also, if there is such a chart--it would be nice to know if same day arrival/departure applies to the tax. I know if you go to Mexico or Paris for a day trip, you still have to pay the departure tax. However, Tokyo lets you avoid the tax if you can show you arrived on the same day as the departure.


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    so if I fly into Narita on Oct.1 and depart Oct. 1 to HNL and can prove this I will not have to pay the departure taxes? And if I return to Narita on Oct. 2 and depart for ATL on Oct. 2 I will again be exepmt from the departure taxes? That would be awesome if so. Thanks for shedding any light on this.

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    To avoid paying the departure tax in Tokyo, you will have to provide the boarding pass for your incoming flight to prove that you arrived on the day you want to depart. The agent will enter that information on a form that exempts you from the departure tax.

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    We had this issue with HKG recently. We always get charged the HKD$120 tax, as they assume worst case we will always be landed in HKG and re-processed. If we are lucky enough to get an onward bp at first sector check in, we can keep it all and make a claim to the airport authority / govt department to seek a refund.

    Not sure if Japan works in a similar way
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    At United we dont get charged if we go to a third country, but if you return to the same country you are charged.

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    I think it depends on how you are listed ... I flew HNL NRT MSP but the NRT flight got in too late to make the flights back to the states, so I had to spend the night. I left the next day , mind you all on the same PNR. I didnt get charged the tax.
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    I have been connecting from elsewhere in Europe, through FRA or LHR on my way back to the US for years now.
    Regardless of the combination of carriers used, I will not pay the departure tax from FRA or LHR as long as I am a through passenger (24 hours of layover max) and can prove it.
    For example FCO to LHR on BA ,then LHR to DFW on AA= departure tax at FCO,no departure tax at LHR.
    The only proof at the counter has been the boarding pass with my name on it.I always keep my zed tickets also,just in case.
    At AA we fly ticketless.Twice I had the tax incorrectly charged at LHR and FRA,and after supplying zed ticket and boarding card to our travel department,I received a refund.
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (nrsa13 @ Jan 2 2010, 02:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I have been connecting from elsewhere in Europe, through FRA or LHR on my way back to the US for years now.
    Regardless of the combination of carriers used, I will not pay the departure tax from FRA or LHR as long as I am a through passenger (24 hours of layover max) and can prove it.[/b]
    Actually it does depend on the combination of carriers used and direction in which you use them. AA can only waive the non-transit taxes (for lack of a better term) if you are connecting from OAL to AA, that&#39;s either done automatically, like when you connect via LHR, or through a manual adjustment when you connect via anywhere other than LHR. The non-transit tax is, however, always collected by AA when you buy a ZED ticket that involves an OAL-to-OAL (e.g., BUD-MA-LHR-BA-PHX) or an AA-to-OAL itinerary (DFW-AA-LHR-BA-MOW). The tax is collected EVEN if you intend to make an immediate connection.

    Keep in mind that you are standby and there is absolutely no guarantee that you will be accommodated within the permitted transit window. Additionally, because you are technically split ticketed and booked/listed in separate PNRs, there is no way the OALs accounting system will know you made an immediate connection so they will bill AA the tax whether it was collected from you or not.

    I&#39;m fairly certain most airlines apply this same or similar logic, although I do know of a couple that do not and are paying a tax to another airline that they did not collect from the employee.
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (AA ZED @ Jan 6 2010, 01:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Actually it does depend on the combination of carriers used and direction in which you use them. AA can only waive the non-transit taxes (for lack of a better term) if you are connecting from OAL to AA,[/b]
    You are correct.I was only referring to return trips connecting with AA flights being the leg out of Europe.Only ZED legs connecting to AA legs will make it happen.I should have written "regardless of the carriers used to connect with AA at LHR,FRA...)
    Zed to Zed either way,and AA to Zed on the way over to Europe,connections wont work as you explained.


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