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Cancun tourist tax increase beginning April 1st

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Beginning April 1st, 2021, you will be paying a little extra to visit Cancun.

According to TravelMarket.com, “Tourists arriving in the Mexican state Quintana Roo, home to popular destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Maya, will have to pay an $11 travel tax beginning April 1.

Foreign travelers will be able to pay the new tax electronically when they book their trip, during their stay, or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax. The payment is obligatory for all foreign visitors over 15. There will be also an option to pay in cash at terminals set up in airports.

Proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González and approved by the state Congress last year, the tax will use the fund tourism development and is expected to generate $29.1 million this year.

It comes at a time tourism to the Mexican Caribbean is picking up. The Director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council (CPTQ), Darío Flota, said at a press conference reported by the Yucatan Times, that the tourist reactivation continues to increase. In total, across all markets, Quintana Roo welcomed over six million tourists in 2020, approximately 52% less than 2019.

The Cancun airport, one of Mexico’s busiest, welcomed about 1.3 million in January. While that’s still 54.7% lower than the same month of 2020, when almost 2.3 million passengers landed there, it’s a sign that post-pandemic travel is underway.”

I just returned from Cancun and I can tell you that all the immigration stations were open and I breezed through in under 10 minutes! Considering that I’ve been to Cancun several times over the last 18 months, my most recent experience at the airport was perfect!

I recently shared with you that the Cancun airport has increased staff: https://www.thecruisegenius.com/cancun-airport-adds-staff-to-make-tourist-experience-better/

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