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How To Pay The New Cancun Tourism Tax Required For All Visitors

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All international visitors to the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum must pay a new tourist tax effective April 1, 2021. The new fee called Visitax will cost 224 pesos (USD $11) per visitor and must be paid before boarding your departure flight. Here is all the information regarding how to fill out the form, pay the tax online and the official website where payment can be made. Children 14 and under are not required to pay the visitor fee.

How To Pay The Cancun Visitax Fee Online

  1. All visitors to Cancun will be required to fill out an online form. The form requires the following information:
  • The date you will be departing Cancun
  • How many people are in your party
  • First and last name of each person in your party
  • Birthdate of each person in your party
  • Passport number
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2. Once visitors have filled out the form, they will be redirected to a secure payment page to complete the online payment which can be made by credit card.

3. Once payment is completed, travelers will be provided with a QR Code that will need to be presented to airport security before boarding their departure flight.


Alternative Payment Methods For Visitax

New electronic terminals are also being set up at the airport where travelers will be able to make a cash payment for the new visitor fee.

Director General of the state tax administration, Rodrigo Díaz stated that the new tax will is not difficult to pay for visitors. “It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” Díaz said.


Who Does The New Tourism Tax Apply To?

The fee applies to the following people:

  • All international travelers visiting the Mexico state of Quintana Roo that are 15 years or older
  • Visitors from Belize will pay 10 percent less
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Who Is Exempt From The Visitax Fee?

  • All national tourists
  • Children 14 and younger

Why Is There A New Visitor Fee?

The new tax is expected to create more jobs and attractions which will better serve tourists long into the future. The state of Quintana is home to the ultra-popular tourist destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum. Throughout the pandemic, Cancun has been the top destinations for Americans and one of the most popular in the world.

Governor Carlos Joaquín González has said that the fee will generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.


Where To Make The Visitax Payment Online

All online payments must be completed through the official government website of Quintana Roo.

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Sunday 30th of May 2021

It’s a scam no one checks it was not added to my flight tickets, there are no booths to pay the tax AA desk don’t know anything about it , payed this by CC prior to leaving US . Have done this 2 times now since April 1


Friday 16th of April 2021

As a note - I recently flew from Cancun to ORD and didn't get hit up for the tax. It's unclear to me whether the plane tickets included this tax, however I'll say that I'm a Residente Temporal and would hope it didn't apply to me.... It's something I have questions about.

Anyways, I suspect if it's included as part of your ticket, I wonder if that's only if you have a flight that starts somewhere else and departs cancun internationally....

But for example my flight out was a layover to CDMX and I was never asked for this, so i wonder if layover connections to other mexican airports before leaving internationally include the tax or not.


Monday 5th of April 2021

I will no longer tip in Quintana Roo and would argue that it is because of the government tax !


Sunday 9th of May 2021

@Jonathan, Much agreed. @Philippe, please be kind to local workers.


Monday 26th of April 2021

@Philippe, what an absurd argument. It's not the hard working people who work at the resorts fault their government is imposing this tax. That would be like saying your not going to tip your waiter/waitress here in the states because the government imposed a new tax. Your tipping individuals for the service they provide.


Sunday 4th of April 2021

Does this apply to all foreigners in Mexico visiting QR? What if you're a non-national resident or on a work visa? What if you're on a tourist visa but get to QR by bus instead of plane? Lots of questions.

This is bad economics besides. If you want less of something, tax the saying goes. Perhaps due to lack of accessible international travel options though many vacationers won't care. Guess we'll see. They should make it easier to pay, such as rolling it into the price when someone buys a plane ticket.


Sunday 4th of April 2021

@Liberty, I understand that those taxes are paid upon international arrival. If as an international tourist you arrive in Cancun with a domestic flight, then I doubt you go through the system.