Law Updates

MOHT Amends Executive Regulation of Tourism Law

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MOHT) published in this week’s Official Gazette Ministerial Decision 1152/1/2/255/2023 Amending Some Provisions of the Executive Regulation of the Tourism Law. This decision amends article 117 of the regulation concerning tourism fee fines.

Prior to the issuance of this new regulation, the fine for the failure to pay tourism fees was a lump sum amount that varied depending on the classification of the tourism establishment. This fees was doubled for every money of delayed payment with no cap.

Under the new amendment, those who fail to pay tourism fees on time will now incur a delay fine of 10% (ten percent) of the value of the fee due per month, calculated after a grace period of 30 (thirty) days from the due date. The fine is capped to the total value of the fee due. The new provision makes no distinction in the value of the fee based on the classification of the establishment in question.

It is worth noting that this amendment was issued a couple of days after the issuance of the new Tourism Law, which may suggest that the MOHT does not expect a brand new executive regulation of the Tourism Law to be issued soon.

The amendment enters into force tomorrow, i.e. 30 October 2023.

You can read the amendment in full in English on the link below: