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The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is currently discussing the possible adjustment of the standard PHP1,620 travel tax to a PHP500 fee for all types of passengers, including non-Filipino passport holders.
Currently, travelers flying to any international destination are required to pay PHP1,620 for economy class and PHP2,700 for first class.
According to a report, the new fee will not only lessen the expense of traveling Filipinos, but it will also go to a proposed Tourist Development Fund (TDF). The TDF will then help develop more infrastructure for tourism.
Under the current Travel Tax Law, TIEZA only receives 50% of the fees collected, while the other half is split between the Commision on Higher Education (CHED), and the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).
Because of an Executive Order is required to establish the TDF, this adjustment is still up in the air, hopefully before the end of the current administration in 2022.
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