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Traveling To Tulum Or Cancún? You Now Have To Pay A Tourist Tax
Destinations such as Venice, Bali, and Amsterdam all have a tourist tax, and now, you can add Mexico to the list.
Beginning April 1, Quintana Roo, home to Riviera Maya and cities that have grown to be a favorite amid the pandemic such as Tulum, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun— will now charge an $11 tourist tax.
The new tax was proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González to help fund development throughout the region. Congress passed the legislation in 2020, which is said to generate more than $40 million in additional revenue, the Mexico News Daily reports.
“The budgetary resources that this [tax] provides will permit the state of Quintana Roo to generate jobs and promote the generation of economic centers which will, in turn, produce mainly tourism jobs, which will make our state a strong visitor attraction,” the law reads.
All travelers age 15 and up will have to pay the fee when they either book the trip, arrive, or upon leaving the state. There will also be an option to pay in cash at airport terminals.
Travelers from Belize will pay 10% less, “due to the large number who regularly cross the border to visit nearby Chetumal for short-term visits,” Quintana Roo officials stated.