New departure tax requirements in the Maldives: why locals and travelers will have to pay
Whether you live in the Maldives or are just vacationing there, you better be prepared to shell out some cash. Residents and travelers will soon have to pay a departure tax, which the country will introduce on January 1, 2022.
President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratified an amendment to the country’s airport taxes and fees law earlier this week, according to Travel + Leisure. The law now includes a departure tax for nobody leave the Maldives by plane.
Rajje, a news site serving the Maldives, said the fees will depend on where passengers live, as well as the class in which they fly. People who live in the Maldives will only have to pay $ 12 if they travel economy class. Non-residents, on the other hand, will pay $ 30 if they travel in the same class.
The costs increase with each class of flight. For business class, travelers will pay up to $ 60. First-class fees can be as high as $ 90 and up to $ 120 for people traveling on private charter planes. Passengers with diplomatic immunity and children under the age of two, however, will not have to pay any fees. Airlines will be responsible for collecting these fees, according to Raajje.
The new departure tax is not the only new tax associated with travel outside the Maldives. Travelers coming from Velanda International Airport, the region’s main airport, will also have to pay a fee of $ 25, known as an airport development fee.
Although the departure tax has not yet been implemented, there are other fees associated with travel to and from the Maldives. Currently, travelers must pay a Airport service charge of $ 25. These fees will remain in effect until December 31 before being replaced by the new fees.
h / t Travel + Leisure