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Visitors To Cancun Must Pay New Tourist Tax Starting April 1

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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.

Cancun tourist tax terminals

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.

Flying Into Cancun

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.

Caribbean Cost in Quintana Roo White Sand Beach

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.

Mayan Ruins Near Tulum

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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Tuesday 16th of March 2021

This is nothing new. Because taxes are hidden and built into the cost of services, try coming to Florida where tax over tax is built into your hotel room. We're all being taxed, even if we don't know it. You can't get a vacation anywhere in the United States to compare to Palace Resorts. We will gladly pay $11.00, that's the cost of one beverage when not staying at an all-inclusive!


Monday 15th of March 2021

Finally good news 🙌 ,u don't like ? Don't come to Mx !


Monday 15th of March 2021

Great way to raise some money. Pre covid was going at least once a year to Playa.


Monday 15th of March 2021

I stopped going to Mex resorts charging US $$$Prices yrs ago. It's a third world country.

Richard Hollister

Monday 15th of March 2021

@Jimmy, no where in the US can you find vacations similar to that offered by QR for less money. That product just does not exist.


Sunday 14th of March 2021

So Mexico has the ability to tax anyone that visits a state and has gone through great lengths to ensure everyone pays, but they can't keep their citizens from crossing the border. No thanks.


Monday 5th of April 2021

@Matt, Exactly what I was thinking.