A departure tax is a fee charged (under various names) by a country when a person is leaving the country.
Some countries charge a departure tax only when a person is leaving by air. Various rules apply to the payment of the tax, including payment at the airport to those about to catch a flight (sometimes only in the local currency and sometimes by credit card), or by some prepayment method, or it may be charged to the airlines and included in the airline ticket price.
Departure taxes of various countries
|This table is incomplete. (May 2012)|
|Country||Local currency||US dollar||Notes|
|Australia||A$55||$43||The Passenger Movement Charge is included in the ticket price.|
|Austria||€7 (short distance)
€15 (medium dist.)
€35 (long dist.)
|Domestic flights like short distance, but including value added tax.
Tax levied through carrier of flight.
Information based on Flugabgabegesetz (FlugAbgG).
|Bangladesh||350 taka||$3.50||Charges at land border exits. Must be paid in cash (taka) at any branch of Sonali Bank; a bank booth is available at all land exits.|
|Brunei||BN$5||$4.84||If the final destination is not Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines, then the tax is BN$12. If transiting through one of these countries, the higher tax rate still applies, even if the initial flight destination is located in Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines. Paid in cash at check-in.|
|Cambodia||$25||Included in airline tickets as of 2011|
|China||90 Yuans||$16||Charged to all visitors leaving by air. Fees are included in airline tickets.|
|Costa Rica||₡14,500 (approx)||$29||Charged to all visitors leaving by air. Must be paid in cash (US dollars or colones), or is charged as a cash advance on a credit card.|
|Cuba||25 CUC||$25||Included in air ticket price since April 2015|
|Dominican Republic||884.595 DOP||$20||Paid in cash upon departure|
|Ecuador||$27.15 ($40.80 from Quito airport)||Included in air ticket price|
|Egypt||E£35||$5 (Approx)||Charged to all visitors leaving by air starting from June 1, 2014. Must be paid in cash in Egyptian Pound|
|Fiji||F$200||$125 (Approx)||Fee raised in 2013 |
|Germany||€7.50 (band A countries) / €42.18 all other countries||$10.50 / $63||for more details on Luftverkehrsteuergesetz (LuftVStG) see German air passenger taxes|
|Guyana||$4000 (G)||($20.00 (US).||Payable at the airport on departure.|
|Honduras||700 Lempiras||$37.50||Only applies to air. Small land departure tax.|
|Hong Kong||HK$120 (air) / HK$18 (ferry)||Included in tickets. Refundable in some cases.|
|Iran||750,000 by air, 375,000 for pilgrimage, 250,000 land and sea Rials||$25 by air, $12.5 for pilgrimage, $8 land and sea||Only applies to Iranian citizens. Should be paid at the airport. if you leave country via road transport it is much less.|
|Ireland||€0||The Irish Air Travel Tax (Cáin Aerthaistil) was abolished in the 2014 Budget.|
|Indonesia||200,000 Rupiah / 75,000 Rupiah at some airports, e.g. Bandung||$17||To be paid in cash (IDR only), charged to all visitors leaving by air. Fees are included only in Garuda Indonesia and Citilink tickets.|
|Malaysia||Between RM0 (Rural airport departures) and RM73 (KLIA - Main Terminal for International Non-Asean departures)||$0 (Rural airport departures) and $16 (KLIA - Main Terminal for International Non-Asean departures)||Passenger Service Charge (PSC) (formerly known as 'Airport Tax') is paid by departing passengers. The PSC is collected by the airlines upon purchase of tickets and is included in the ticket price.|
|Mexico||Mx$294||$25||All non-Mexican nationals must pay this fee, except those who have permanent resident status or who are connecting flights |
|Jamaica||$35||Effective June 1, 2016|
|Palau||$50||Departure tax and green fee to non Palau passport holders charged to all visitors in cash or travellers cheques only at airport|
|Philippines||1,620 peso nationals, 750 foreigner.||$36/$17 (approx)||To be paid in cash (peso or dollars) before proceeding to departure immigration hall|
|Samoa||65tālā||$30 (approx)||Departure tax is included in airfare.|
|Thailand||฿700||$22||Included in airline tickets as of 2007|
|Turkey||15.00 ||$6.80 (approx)||Only applies to Turkish citizens. Paid at the airport. Children younger than 7, citizens with resident permits in other countries, and crew members of any commercial road transport, rail transport, ship transport, and aviation vehicles are exempt from payment.|
|United Kingdom||Between £13 (band A, lowest class) and £194 (band D, any other class)||Between $16 (band A, lowest class) and $240 (band D, any other class)||Varies according to the distance traveled and passenger class. See Air Passenger Duty.|
- "Passenger movement charge (PMC)". customs.gov.au. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- Zielflugplätze innerhalb der Kurzstrecke (List of countries)
- Zielflugplätze innerhalb der Mittelstrecke (List of countries)
- Flugabgabe, Bundesministerium für Finanzen
- "Things to Know - Travel Tips". Tourismchina.org. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- "Fast Facts in Costa Rica at Frommer's". Frommers.com. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
- Panapasa, Geraldine, Departure tax to rise, Fiji Times Online, Suva, November 9, 2013
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- "Attention all passengers!". www.klia.com.my. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- "Practical Information". samoa.travel. Samoa Tourism Authority. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
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