Foreign Missions in Japan

February 4, 2020

When foreign establishments in Japan and their members including ambassadors accredited and stationed in Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Missions”) purchase goods or receive services at the stores designated by the Commissioner of the National Tax Agency (hereinafter referred to as “Designated Stores”), they can be exempted from consumption tax under certain conditions.

Please be aware that the Missions can purchase goods or receive services at tax-exempted price only at Designated Stores.

[note] The detailed range and conditions of tax exemption of goods and services vary depending on the foreign establishment.

Procedures of tax exemption at “Designated Stores” are the following:

1. The Missions.
    (1) Present “tax exemption card” issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ref. Figure (1)-(ⅰ))
    (2) Present “Identification cards” issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ref. Figure (1)-(ⅱ))
    (3) Fill out the form of “Certificate of Tax Exemption Purchase for Foreign Establishments” and hand it over to stores (ref. Figure (1)-(ⅲ))

2. Designated Stores affirm presented documents, and sell goods at tax-exempted price to the Missions.

3. Designated Stores should keep the signed original forms of “Certificate of Tax Exemption Purchase for Foreign Establishments” for seven years.

(image 1) The Missions.
((image 2) The Missions.

For further information:

Protocol Office, Diplomatic Missions Division, Minister's Secretariat,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
TEL: 03-5501 - 8000 (ext. 2958)

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