All travelers flying internationally from the Indian Ocean nation will have to pay the fee starting in January.
Planning a post-pandemic holiday in the Maldives? Airport charges there are about to get a little more expensive. Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has recently ratified a new amendment to the country’s Airport Taxes and Fees Act, paving the way for the introduction of a departure tax applicable to all passengers flying internationally from any airport in the Indian Ocean archipelago next year. This will follow a tiered system that will replace the existing US$25 service charge levied on outbound flyers, in tandem with a US$25 airport development fee at Male’s Velana International Airport.
From January 1, 2022, travelers leaving the Maldives on a commercial airliner will have to fork out an extra US$5 to US$65 per person, depending on which cabin class they are flying. Visitors traveling in economy class must pay US$30, while residents will be eligible for a discounted fee of US$12. The rate doubles to US$60 for all travelers booked into business class, regardless of residency status, and first-class passengers can expect to be charged US$90. Those flying out on private charter jets will be asked to pay US$120 per person. This departure tax will be waived for passengers with diplomatic immunity and children under the age of two.
The US$25 airport development fee at Velana International Airport will still apply in all cases, which means that business-class flyers returning home from the Maldives’ main gateway must pay a combined surcharge of US$85, and first-class passengers US$115. Individual airlines will be responsible for collecting the new departure tax, but it has not been determined whether the charge will be included in the price of a ticket or paid at check-in.