Heading south of the border for a little sun-kissed getaway from...everything? It's going to cost you a bit more.
Besides shelling out for the flight and the resort, starting on April 1st visitors to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo will now have to pay a new tourist tax. Falling under the fee are the well-known vacation destinations Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum. The $11 US will be collected at the airport or online, either when booking the ticket or on a soon-to-launch website called Visitax.
The new state fee proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González, approved by the state Congress last year will generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.
Director General of the state tax administration, Rodrigo Díaz stated that the new tax will not be made as difficult or an inconvenience to travelers. “It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” Díaz said.
Terminals will also be set up at the airport for people to make their payments. The tax applies to all international visitors over the age of 15.