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Bid to delay departure levy fails

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

SUBANG JAYA – August 2, 2019: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has failed in a bid to delay the implementation of the departure levy which will be imposed on airline passengers leaving the country starting next month due to decision by the Cabinet.

A circular announcing the implementation has been issued today, with implementation to start on September 1.

The levy, which was initially scheduled to be imposed last June 1, has generated a buzz among lawmakers and tourism industry players as they believe it will have a negative effect on tourism.

Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi was against the levy and had early last month said he would appeal to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to have it delayed until at least after the end of the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.

Federation of Asean Travel Associations executive director Datuk Hamzah Rahmat said last month that there will be a drop in tourist arrivals once the levy is imposed.

Malaysia’s departure levy

Flying to Asean countries

Flying to other countries

Economy class

Non-economy class

Economy class

Non-economy class






·       Babies and toddlers <24 months-old

·       Passenger on transit flight through Malaysia (transit time <12 hours

·       Crew on duty (aircraft, vessels)

·       Drivers/ riders/ pillion riders/ passengers of personal-use vehicles (including aircraft, vessels)



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at