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Malaysian Authorities Approve New Hotel Tax Regulations

Dear friends and business partners

After months of discussions and unclear releases from various sources, Asian Trails finally has received confirmation on the newly-implemented hotel taxation of customers in Malaysia. The government and tourism authorities, led by the Ministry of Tourism and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department, announced that this new Tourism Tax will be implemented effective 1 September 2017.

  • A fixed amount of RM10 per room per night will be levied directly from the customers at the hotel
  • The enforced RM10 Tourism Tax is for all types of accommodation in Malaysia
  • These taxes do not apply for Malaysian nationals
  • The tax will be applicable for all foreign visitors who check-in on or after 1 September

On 1st of September only hotels who have already received a tax number from the relevant authorities will be able to immediately implement it.

According to the statements we’ve received, there are still a few details to be ironed out and pending further updates from the two aforementioned government offices, we will keep you appraised about any news related.

Asian Trails Malaysia deeply regrets sending a number of updates about this tax implementation measures by the government, often without receiving official confirmation. We continue to check with all authorities for the latest updates.

Should any further questions remain unanswered, you are more than welcome to email us at 

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Malaysia