After getting their dose of sun, sand and sea, tourists will soon have to add one more expense to their Maldives holiday — a departure tax.
Starting 1 January 2022, the new departure tax replaces the current Airport Service Charge, which ceases on 31 December 2021.
This fee will apply even to locals, and will take effect at all airports across the country.
According to local news outlet, Raajje, the tax is calculated in US dollars, and fluctuates depending on the passenger's residency and flight class.
For instance, locals travelling in economy class will pay US$12, while foreigners pay US$30 under these same factors.
Those on business class will pay a blanket fee of US$60, whether locals or foreigners.
Private charter travellers pay double the price: US$120.
In addition, all passengers who fly out from Maldives' main hub, Velana International Airport, will need to be mindful of the extra US$25 Airport Development Fee.
Airlines will collect these fees, which remain in effect until end 2022. Only passengers with diplomatic immunity and children under the age of two are exempted from this new departure tax.