Foreign travellers entering into Malaysia have had to pay a tourism tax of RM10 (about SGD $10) for each night’s stay at their hotels since the start of the year (1 January 2023).
The tourism tax was first introduced back in 2017, but was suspended in July 2020 because of the pandemic and Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
With life somewhat returning back to normal, the “tourism tax” has since been implemented, much to the disdain of some Singaporeans.
The Royal Malaysia Customs Department said in a bulletin post on 30 December that the tourism tax was implemented on 1 January.
They said that the tax will apply to foreign tourists who are staying at “registered accommodation premises”, and will not apply to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents.