Tunisia announces departure tax

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According to eTurboNews, Tunisia has announced that, starting in October, all non-resident foreigners will have to pay a departure tax upon leaving the country.

Those affected will have to pay $17 for a departure stamp.

Tunisians, with the exception of those living abroad, and foreigners with residence permits, already pay $35 each time they leave the country.

The new tax was included in a complementary finance law adopted recently as part of measures aimed at helping to bail out the state. The economy has been hard hit by the instability that followed the 2011 revolution which forced out Tunisia’s second president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled from 1987 to 2011.