The Malaysian government has announced a new tax which will be charged to travellers flying out of Malaysia. The departure tax or levy for outbound air travellers, which was proposed in Budget 2019, will come into effect starting September 1, 2019.
Based on the Departure Levy (Rate of Departure Levy) Order 2019 gazetted by the federal government on July 31, the rates of the departure levy will differ depending on the destination and seat class, as stipulated in the table below.
Any traveller flying out of Malaysia to any of the ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, will have to pay RM8 for the economy class and RM50 for other classes.
Flying beyond ASEAN countries means a traveller will need to fork out more for the departure levy.
However, there will be some exemptions to the departure tax, as can be seen in the table below:
Among the exemptions, any traveller who drives or rides out of Malaysia on any type of vehicle for personal use will NOT be subject to the tax. Any passenger or pillion rider on the vehicle will also not have to pay for the departure tax.
Other exemptions to the departure tax include operators of any water or land vehicle:
So for those opting for a flight out of Malaysia, be prepared to fork out extra money.