Departure tax bill set for first reading

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 9, 2019.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The finance ministry is slated to table the Departure Levy Bill 2019 for its first reading in Dewan Rakyat, according to an order paper yesterday.

To encourage domestic tourism, the government has in Budget 2019 proposed to impose a departure levy on all outbound travellers by air from June 1.

The proposed rate is two-tiered, namely RM20 for outbound travellers to Asean countries and RM40 to countries outside the region.

“The rate proposed is consistent or not more than what many other countries are charging, including Thailand at US$20 (RM82), Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region) at US$15 and Japan at US$10,” Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said when presenting Budget 2019 last November.