Can I get a Departure Tax Refund?
In some instances, the departure tax fee can be refunded. This is usually the case if you are transitioning through airports. In many cases, the tax will not be applied unless you stay for a set duration within the airport or country (usually from 12-24 hours). For example, if you arrive and depart from Hong Kong on the same day, you will be eligible for a departure tax refund of $120 HKD ($15.45 USD).
Do I need to pay departure tax when leaving Malaysia?
Passengers who are departing on a flight from Malaysia from the 1st of September 2019 will now have to pay departure tax. The tax value will range from RM8 ($1.92 USD)to RM150 ($35.92 usd). The details are as follows:
Passengers flying to ASEAN countries
(ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)
Economy Class: RM8
Non-economy Class: RM50
Passengers flying to non-ASEAN countries
Economy Class: RM20
Non-economy Class: RM150
Passengers who meet the following criteria will be exempted from paying the departure tax: babies and toddlers under 24 months; or passengers on transit flights through Malaysia (transit less than 12 hours).
Do I need to pay departure tax when leaving the UK?
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax charged by airlines on all economy flights that leave the UK. It is charged on all outbound flights from the UK, but not inbound flights heading to the UK. As of April 2019, passengers will be charged £26 per person on short haul economy flights to most of Europe, and £172 per person on most long haul flights. From April 2020 this fee will be £26 per person on short haul economy flights to most of Europe, and £176 per person on most long haul flights. More information about APD can be found here.
Passengers pay APD as part of the ticket price. This tax is then passed on to the government.
Do I need to pay departure tax when leaving Costa Rica?
The Costa Rica departure tax, or exit tax, is $29 per person. Costa Rica is introducing a new system, whereby the the departure tax is paid in the air ticket, whic has been phasing in since November of 2014. However, passengers travelling on many airlines from Costa Rica will still need to pay the tax at the airport, at the airport's departure tax collection desk. One major airline that, as of July 2019, still requires paying the fee at the airport is Lufthansa. Check with your airline before you travel!
Do I need to pay departure tax when leaving Jamaica?
An airport departure tax of $35 USD is required when departing from Jamaica. For passengers flying to the USA and Canada, the departure tax is included in the cost of the airline ticket. Passengers flying to the UK on a scheduled airline may be required to pay the departure tax in cash at the airport before departing from Jamaica. Before flying, ask your airline if the tax has been paid in advance or not.