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#368169 - 02/20/10 03:42 PM VAT leaving Belize City
abtok Offline
We've been to Belize a number of times but can't recall if we still have to use cash only to pay VAT, or if the Goldstein airport now allows credit card/debit card payments. Can anyone respond? Checked their website and it doesn't say. t - 3 days and counting. Thanks!

#368172 - 02/20/10 04:55 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok]
Amanda Syme Offline
The departure tax is typically paid in US dollars in cash. I don't know about credit cards.

#368198 - 02/20/10 07:52 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Amanda Syme]
Phil Offline
Assumming you mean Departure Tax rather than VAT or GST - Most airlines have the departure tax built into the ticket price and so it's already paid. The exception is American Airlines.

#368204 - 02/20/10 09:02 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Phil]
abtok Offline
YEs, I meant departure tax. AA did include it 5 yrs ago. We head down each year and have always assumed cash was necessary.

#368205 - 02/20/10 09:13 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok]
Gela Offline
I have noticed that there were credit card signs at the desk where you pay departure tax (unless your ticket has the fee included) although I have never used a card to pay the tax.
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#368207 - 02/20/10 11:51 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Gela]
tacogirl Offline
An easy way to handle it if it is not already included in your ticket is to stash the money away with your return tickets in USD when you are on your way in that way you have it ready and in the right currency.
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#368208 - 02/20/10 11:54 PM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Gela]
Pam&Dave Offline
We used Credit Card for the departure tax in January because we were on an American Airlines flight and AA does not include that tax in their ticket price. If you have a large group or family, keep that in mind.
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself"

#368209 - 02/21/10 12:05 AM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Pam&Dave]
abtok Offline
Thanks everyone. Our family has grown from just 2 to 5 in the last 5 years...so we are being conscious of cash, etc. Thanks again.

#368210 - 02/21/10 12:17 AM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok]
LoveH20 Offline
So exactly how much is departure tax this year? Sorry I lost count. thanks.

#368214 - 02/21/10 12:52 AM Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: LoveH20]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Departure taxes and fees are now US$39.25. As noted, though, all but one airline includes it in the ticket price.
Lan Sluder/Belize First

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