Domestic flights exempted from M’sian departure tax

|     James Kon     |

THE recently announced departure tax for travellers flying out of Malaysian airports will not apply to domestic flights in Malaysia, for example flights from Kuala Lumpur to Miri and vice versa.

Director of Tourism Malaysia Brunei Darussalam Haji Ibrahim Seddiqi bin Talib revealed this yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of the Sabre Brunei Travel Fair 2019 at OneCity Shopping Centre.

He also pointed out that no departure levy will be imposed for travels via land.

Explaining the departure levy tax which ranges from RM8 to RM150 which will come into force on September 1, he said, “Passengers flying economy class from Malaysia to ASEAN member countries will be imposed a RM8 departure levy, while those who are flying to non-ASEAN member countries in economy class will be charged RM50.”

ASEAN member countries consist of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Director of Tourism Malaysia Brunei Darussalam Haji Ibrahim Seddiqi bin Talib, Chief Commercial Officer of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) Nik Yazmin bin Azman and other officials in a group photo. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Meanwhile, people travelling on first class or business class from Malaysia to ASEAN member countries will be charged a departure levy of RM20, and if they are flying to countries beyond ASEAN, they will be charged RM150.

“We will use the collected monies for the purpose for promoting tourism and upgrading facilities in airports [in Malaysia]. At the end, the government is giving back the monies to the people through the upgrading of facilities,” Haji Ibrahim said.

With regard to the impact of the new taxes, he said, “I feel there will be no impact for Brunei travellers to Malaysia. This is because Brunei is within ASEAN and the departure levy is minimal.”

On the issue of long queues at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post border, Haji Ibrahim clarified that his department has had numerous discussions between customs and immigration representatives as well as the Brunei authorities.

“The long queue only happens during weekends and the holiday season. The Customs Department is making efforts to reduce the queue, with plans to implement a scanning system for vehicle entry permit [processing],” he said.