CAIRO: An exit tax on air tickets will now cost Egyptians up to 400 EGP ($50) per trip outside the country, per a presidential decree issued Thursday.
First class and business class tickets of flights taking off from Egypt will have to pay a tax of 400 EGP on Egyptian travelers, while economy class travelers will be taxed 150 EGP.
The tax was first enforced in the tax justice law of 1978 by applying a charge of 10-percent of the ticket’s price, except for students, medical, training, pilgrimage and official trips.
In 1998, the tax was reduced to five percent, at a maximum of 300 EGP for the first class and 100 EGP for the other classes, including free tickets.
However, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s amendment has sparked criticism and mockery online, as social media users suggested that the government apply a tax on the air, clothes, etc.