Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is pushing to defer the implementation of a departure levy expected to kick in on September 1 till after 2020, saying that the levy would hurt tourist arrivals.
The bill for the departure levy was passed in Parliament on April 10.
The levy, which would apply to all air travellers leaving the country, was aimed at spurring domestic tourism. Travellers departing Malaysia for other ASEAN countries would be subject to a RM20 (US$4.86) levy, while travellers departing for other countries would have to fork out RM40.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said he would raise the matter with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Last month, a restructured plan for the levy indicated first and business class passengers departing Malaysia would pay a higher departure levy, sources told The Malaysian Insight.
First and business class passengers travelling to other ASEAN countries would be charged RM20, while economy class passengers would be charged RM8.
Those departing to non-ASEAN destinations in economy class would pay RM50 while those flying in business class and first class would pay RM150.