Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka will increase the Embarkation Tax levied on every departing passenger, who has stayed in Sri Lanka for over 24 hours, from January 1, 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The Embarkation Tax will be increased from US$ 25 to US$ 30 from January 1 in line with the budget proposals.
According to Civil Aviation Director General and CEO H. M. C. Nimalsiri the current Embarkation Tax of Rs. 3250.00 levied on every departing passenger will increase to Rs. 4,500 with effect from January 1.
Out of the new levy, US$ 20 would be credited to the Treasury, Daily Mirror reported.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake presenting the 2016 budget proposed to increase the Embarkation Levy from US$ 25 to US$ 30. The Tax is applicable for both ship and air passengers.
Transit passengers who have stayed for less than 24 hours and infants (children under 2 years) are exempted from the Embarkation Tax.
The Minister also proposed to increase the contribution to the Consolidated Fund from the Embarkation Levy from present one third to two thirds of the total collection through this levy.