Beginning April 1, international visitors to the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum will begin paying a new tourist tax. State officials have said the new fee proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González and approved by the state Congress last year, will generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.
Every foreign arrival must pay 224 pesos (USD $11) which will help fund more tourism industry development in the state. Tourists will be able to pay the new tax electronically when they book a trip, during their stay or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax which will launch before the end of the month.
New terminals will also be set up at the airport to make it easy for visitors to make payments. The tax applies to all international visitors over the age of 15.
Director General of the state tax administration, Rodrigo Díaz stated that the new tax will not be difficult to pay for visitors. “It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” Díaz said.
All visitors will pay the same amount of tax with the exception of those from Belize who will pay 10% less due to the large number of people who regularly cross the border to visit Chetumal for short trips.
Cancun International Airport security staff will be on site to help ensure and verify that all tourists have paid the tax before departing the state. The tax does not apply to any national tourists.
Payments for the new taxes will be able to be made online by credit card or at the airport terminals using cash.
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.
Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo continues to defy the odds in the face of the pandemic. While most countries around the world are suffering from low international flight numbers, the resort city of Cancun and surrounding tourism hotspots including Cozumel received 2.4 million passengers in the first 2 months of 2021.
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