By: L.N. Reklai

September 28, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee (PPEF), formerly known as Environmental Impact Fee will be implemented this January 1, 2018, according to Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang. [restrict]

The fee is no longer a departure fee to be paid by passengers upon leaving Palau.    RPPL 10-12, the FY 2018 Budget Act amended the fee from departure fee to arrival fee, to be collected upon or prior to arrival.

According to Minister Sadang, the new regulations implementing the fee mandates all airlines to collect the fee on behalf of the Republic, to be incorporated into the airline tickets of passengers.

The law amended some language in the law by not stating them in the new amendment.  Passengers who are exempted from paying the fee in the original law, will now have to pay for it but can be refunded at the airport upon arrival.

RPPL 10-12 does not specify that children below thirteen years of age are eligible for refunds.  Under the original law RPPL 9-49, they were exempted.

For permit holders, only those already in possession of work permit can get refunded but anyone with provisional visa or labor contract are not eligible for refund.

The bill was signed into law yesterday. [restrict]