President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ratified the first amendment to the Maldives Airport Taxes and Fees Act on Sunday, imposing a departure tax on travelers beginning in 2022.
North-Fuvahmulah MP Mohamed Rasheed presented the bill to the People’s Majlis on behalf of the government in 2019. The bill was approved by 42 legislators on July 5th, 2021.
The Departure Tax will be imposed on January 1, 2022, with the previously passed Airport Service Charge remaining in effect until the end of 2021. However, passengers with diplomatic immunity and children under the age of two would be exempt from the Departure Tax.
In addition to the Departure Tax and the Airport Service Charge, the new amendments mandate an Airport Development Fee for all international passengers travelling through Velana International Airport. Individual airlines would be responsible for collecting the fees for their passengers, according to the amendment.
Locals and foreigners travelling in business class will be taxed USD 60, while those travelling in first class would be charged USD 90, according to the legislation. Foreigners travelling in economy class must pay USD 30 in taxes, while Maldivians must pay USD 12. Furthermore, the fee will be set at USD 120 for travellers departing on private jets.