Departure tax bill to be gazetted

May 18, 2022

The Government will make legislative amendments to provide transfer passengers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) through the SkyPier Terminal (SPT) via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) an exemption from the Air Passenger Departure Tax (APDT).


The Government will gazette on May 20 the Air Passenger Departure Tax Ordinance (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2022 to specify the arrangement.


The exemption will tie in with the expected commissioning of the SPT at HKIA in 2023. The terminal will enable bridge-to-air passengers from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to enter HKIA through the SPT via the HZMB by land transport approved by the Airport Authority for onward departure by air, much in the same way as existing SkyPier sea-to-air passengers.


The arrangement will encourage more tourists from the Mainland and Macau to make use of HKIA and is conducive to enhancing Hong Kong's status as a regional and international aviation hub, it added.


Under the existing Air Passenger Departure Tax Ordinance, direct transit, connecting airside transfer and SkyPier sea-to-air passengers are exempt from payment of APDT.

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