Travelers arriving in Quintana Roo will soon have to pay a new tourism tax. According to Mexico News Daily, officials from the Mexican state revealed that arriving international visitors would be required to pay US$10, depending on the exchange rate, for the privilege of visiting popular tourism destinations like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel. While the new tourism tax is a flat rate for almost every visitor, travelers from Belize not pay “due to the large number who regularly cross the border to visit nearby Chetumal for short-term visits,” Quintana Roo tax administration official Rodrigo Diaz said.
“It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” Diaz continued.
The new tax was proposed by Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez and approved by the state Congress last year, with the program expected to generate an estimated $29.1 million in additional revenue. Travelers will be expected to pay the tax electronically when they book, once they arrive or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax. There will also be an option to pay in cash at airport terminals, but the tax is required for anyone 15 years old and older. Joaquin Gonzalez said the tax was implemented to help fund more tourism industry development throughout the state.
Mexico’s Quintana Roo has unveiled a new payment system to allow travelers to easily pay its new tourism fee. Through the new VISITAX website, travelers will be able to pay the fee and obtain a receipt by filling out a form, which will request the following information:
Number of people traveling
Name, age and passport number of each individual
Once travelers have concluded their stay in Quintana Roo, they must show their receipt at the airport checkpoint prior to boarding. Travelers who don’t have a receipt at the airport will receive assistance and can make the payment at that time. For those travelling in groups, it will be possible to make the payment in one single transaction so long as each individual’s information is provided and included in the form. Individualized receipts will be provided. Visitors crossing the border to Quintana Roo via Belize by land will receive a 100% subsidy.