Departure tax

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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[edit]

Country Local currency US dollar Notes
Australia A$60 $45 The Passenger Movement Charge is included in the ticket price.[1]
Austria €7 (short distance[2])
€15 (medium dist.[3])
€35 (long dist.)
$8
$17
$39
Domestic flights like short distance, but including value added tax.
Tax levied through carrier of flight.
Information based on Flugabgabegesetz (FlugAbgG).[4]
Bangladesh 500 taka $6.03 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.
Bermuda $35.00 Although the passenger departure tax in Bermuda is levied to the owner of Airline for every departing passenger, this is squarely passed on to the passenger as part of the overall ticket fare. There are exceptions in case of children under 2 years, transit passengers and in some other cases. A tax of $35 is charged for every departing passenger. Also a Yacht arrival Tax in Bermuda is charged to the owner of the arriving yacht. Presently $35 is charged for each passenger arriving by the yacht.
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.[5]
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. Departure taxes are included in most air ticket prices, depending on which airline.[6]
Cuba 25 CUC[7] $25 Included in air ticket price since April 2015
Dominican Republic 884.595 DOP $20 Paid in cash upon departure. Departure taxes are included in most air ticket prices, depending on which airline.
Ecuador $27.15 ($40.80 from Quito airport)[8] Included in air ticket price.
Egypt 410 (approx) $25 Charged to all visitors leaving by air starting from November 2019.[9]
Fiji F$200 $125 (Approx) Fee raised in 2013 [10]
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) $19.20 (approx) 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.[11]
Iran 2,200,000 - 4,400,000 Rials $18- $35 (approx) Only applies to Iranian citizens and should be paid at the airports or Melli bank branches.
1st time of the year: $18
2nd time of the year: $27
3rd time and/or more of the year: $35[12]
Ireland €0 The Irish Air Travel Tax (Cáin Aerthaistil) was abolished in the 2014 Budget.[13]
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.
Jamaica $35 Effective June 1, 2016
Japan ¥1000 $9 Effective Jan 7, 2019. Departure tax is charged to each passenger leaving the country by aircraft or ferry regardless of nationality [14]
Lebanon Economy Class - 50,000 LBP

Business Class - 110,000 LBP

First Class - 150,000 LBP

$33.17 Economy Class

$73 Business Class

$100 First class

From 22 August 2017( Economy class tax was planned to be increased to 60,000 LBP but it was decided to keep it at 50,000 LBP)
Malaysia[15] Within ASEAN

Economy Class - MYR 8

Other Classes - MYR 50


Outside ASEAN

Economy Class - MYR 20

Other Classes - MYR 150

Within ASEAN

Economy Class - $2

Other Classes - $12.50


Outside ASEAN

Economy Class - $5

Other Classes - $37.5

Applies to international departures by air. Exemptions on Effective 1 September 2019. [16]Exemptions:
  • Babies or toddlers under the age of 24-months
  • Passengers on transits not exceeding 12 hours
Mexico Mx$1160[17] $65 All non-Mexican nationals must pay this fee, except those who have permanent resident status or who are connecting flights [18]
Palau $50 Departure tax and green fee to non Palau passport holders charged to all visitors in cash or travellers cheques only at airport
Panama $60 [19] $60 Charged to all visitors leaving by air. Included in airfare.
Peru $30.75 This is for travel back to the US. There are different fees for travel to other places.
Philippines Full travel tax[20]

Economy class - ₱1,620

First class - ₱2,700

Standard Reduced travel tax[21]

Economy class- ₱810

First class - ₱1350

Privileged Reduced travel tax[21]

Economy class- ₱300

First class - ₱400

Full travel tax

Economy class - $33 (approx)

First class - $54 (approx)

Standard Reduced travel tax

Economy class- $16 (approx)

First class - $27 (approx)

Privileged Reduced travel tax

Economy class- $6 (approx)

First class - $8 (approx)

To be paid in cash (peso or dollars) before departure. Travel tax can be paid through partner airlines, travel tax centers at airports, travel tax offices and satellite offices.[22]

Full travel tax

Filipino citizens

Non-immigrant foreign passport holders who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one (1) year)

Standard Reduced travel tax

Minors (from 2 years and one (1) day to 12th birthday on date of travel)

Accredited Filipino journalist whose travel is in pursuit of journalistic assignment

Those authorized by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for reasons of national interest

Privileged Reduced travel tax

Legitimate spouse of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)

Legitimate and unmarried children of an OFW below 21 years of age

Samoa 65tālā $30 (approx) Departure tax is included in airfare.[23]
Saudi Arabia SAR 87 $23.20 Departure tax is included in airfare
Sri Lanka Rs 7000 $46 (approx) Departure tax is included in airfare
Sweden European destinations - 61 SEK

Medium range destinations - 255 SEK

Long range destinations - 408 SEK

European destinations - $6.50

Medium range destinations - $27

Long range destinations - $43.10

As of 1 April 2018 the Departure tax aka the Swedish Aviation Tax is levied on commercial flights carrying passengers and departing from a Swedish airport. It only applies to larger aircraft as aircraft with a seating capacity of 10 or fewer are exempt. [24]
Thailand ฿700 $22 Included in airline tickets as of 2007
Tunisia DT30
Turkey Turkish lira symbol 8x10px.png50.00 [25] $8.98 (approx. as of August 2019) 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Passenger movement charge (PMC)". border.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. ^ Zielflugplätze innerhalb der Kurzstrecke (List of countries)
  3. ^ Zielflugplätze innerhalb der Mittelstrecke Archived 2017-01-15 at the Wayback Machine (List of countries)
  4. ^ Flugabgabe, Bundesministerium für Finanzen
  5. ^ "Things to Know - Travel Tips". Tourismchina.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
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  13. ^ http://budget.gov.ie/Budgets/2014/Documents/Summary%20of%20Budget%202014%20Taxation%20Measures.pdf
  14. ^ "Japan to begin collecting ¥1,000 departure tax from next Monday". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  15. ^ http://www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my/outputp/pua_20190731_PUA213.pdf
  16. ^ Lim, Ida. "Flying from Malaysia? RM8-RM150 departure tax imposed from Sept 1 | Malay Mail". www.malaymail.com. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  17. ^ http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/D_N_I
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2014-07-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ http://www.newsroompanama.com/travel/panama-2/departure-tax-at-tocumen-climbs-to-60
  20. ^ "Full Travel Tax | Tieza". tieza.gov.ph. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  21. ^ a b "Reduced Travel Tax | Tieza". tieza.gov.ph. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  22. ^ "Announcement | Tieza". tieza.gov.ph. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  23. ^ "Practical Information". samoa.travel. Samoa Tourism Authority. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  24. ^ [6] Retrieved 2019-03-24]
  25. ^ http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2019/07/20190719M1-1.htm