Budget 2019: Now, everybody must pay departure tax

A police officer checks the travel documents and passports of passengers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 9, 2014. — Reuters pic
A police officer checks the travel documents and passports of passengers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 9, 2014. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Putrajaya has announced a departure levy for travellers leaving from Malaysian airports starting June 1, 2019.

The levy will be RM20 per head for those departing to Asean countries, and RM40 to other countries.

The rate proposed is consistent or not more than what many other countries are charging,” Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said while tabling Budget 2019 in Parliament here.

For comparison, Lim said Thailand currently charges US$20 (RM83), Hong Kong US$15 (RM63), and Japan US$10 (RM42).

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