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VAT leaving Belize City #368169
02/20/10 09:42 AM
02/20/10 09:42 AM
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Chicago, IL USA
abtok Offline OP
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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!

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok] #368172
02/20/10 10:55 AM
02/20/10 10:55 AM
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Amanda Syme Offline

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The departure tax is typically paid in US dollars in cash. I don't know about credit cards.

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Amanda Syme] #368198
02/20/10 01:52 PM
02/20/10 01:52 PM
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Phil Offline
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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.

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Phil] #368204
02/20/10 03:02 PM
02/20/10 03:02 PM
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Chicago, IL USA
abtok Offline OP
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YEs, I meant departure tax. AA did include it 5 yrs ago. We head down each year and have always assumed cash was necessary.

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok] #368205
02/20/10 03:13 PM
02/20/10 03:13 PM
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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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Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Gela] #368207
02/20/10 05:51 PM
02/20/10 05:51 PM
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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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Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Gela] #368208
02/20/10 05:54 PM
02/20/10 05:54 PM
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Aptos, CA
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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.

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Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: Pam&Dave] #368209
02/20/10 06:05 PM
02/20/10 06:05 PM
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Chicago, IL USA
abtok Offline OP
abtok  Offline OP
Thanks everyone. Our family has grown from just 2 to 5 in the last 5 we are being conscious of cash, etc. Thanks again.

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: abtok] #368210
02/20/10 06:17 PM
02/20/10 06:17 PM
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So exactly how much is departure tax this year? Sorry I lost count. thanks.

Re: VAT leaving Belize City [Re: LoveH20] #368214
02/20/10 06:52 PM
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Departure taxes and fees are now US$39.25. As noted, though, all but one airline includes it in the ticket price.

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