To leave the Maldives, tourists and locals will soon have to pay a departure tax.

Prepare to add another price to your budget if you’re planning a trip to the Maldives next year. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldives passed a new modification to the country’s Airport Taxes and Fees Act on Sunday, introducing a departure fee for all travelers departing the Maldives starting January 1, 2022.

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The exit tax applies to both visitors and locals, and it can be paid at any airport in the country. According to a statement released by the President’s Office, the Maldives now has an Airport Service Charge (ASC), which will stay in effect until December 31, 2021, when it will be replaced by this new price schedule.

According to Raajje, a Maldivian news outlet, the departure fee would be charged to each person departing the nation and will be paid in US dollars. The fee schedule is determined on the passenger’s residence and the flight class.

If residents of the Maldives travel in economy class, they will only have to pay $12 USD. Non-residents, on the other hand, must pay $30 USD for economy class.

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The cost of business class increases to $60 for both Maldivians and tourists. All travelers, regardless of residency, will be charged $90 in first class. According to Raajje, the price for people flying on private charter jets is $120 USD. The airlines will be in charge of collecting these charges.

According to the President’s Office, passengers with diplomatic immunity and minors under the age of two will be exempt from the new charge.

In addition to the new departure tax, travellers traveling out of Velana International Airport (MLE), the country’s principal hub, would be charged a $25 Airport Development Fee.

It may not seem like much, but it’s something to keep in mind while planning your Maldivian trip. And depending on the size of your group, the expenses can add up quickly.

Fortunately, there is a way to enjoy this tropical paradise without breaking the bank. While you won’t be able to get an overwater cottage for a bargain, you may still have a fantastic holiday even if you’re on a budget.

Source: travelandleisure.com

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