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#516286 - 07/29/16 04:44 AM Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing  
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Marty Offline
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The Border Management Agency hereby informs all tour guides, tourist crossing any border point that the NEW departure tax will be $40BZ per person. This is effective August 1.

Departure Processing Fee: $30.00
PACT Fee: $7.50
Border Development Fee: $2.50

EMail: bordermanagementagency@yahoo.
Phone: 823-3039

#516318 - 07/30/16 08:47 AM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Marty]  
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It's unfortunate that the fees for tourists and travelers continue to increase.....IMHO I believe this adds insult to injury with the recent 10% duty increase on Liquor. I also believe it has to do with the BTL monies now payable......However as slow as it is this time of year, there is no shortage of guests letting us know how terribly expensive things are in the country. Guests are specific in comparing us to neighboring countries such as Mexico and other island areas such as Cuba and the ABC's..... If we are not careful we will price ourselves out of the tourism business..... IMHO again,.......Yet still basic economics....


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#516320 - 07/30/16 04:08 PM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Marty]  
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Judyann,

I totally agree with you. I have worked for 25+ years for an airline so have been fortunate enough to travel alot. San Pedro was one of my favorite places even though it is more expensive. Three factors I have noticed that could hurt tourism...

1. Airfares.... airfares to Belize are much more expensive than places in Mexico, Costa Rica, and other places in the Caribbean. I'm not saying you cant find occasional good deals but overall pricing is slightly higher. Plus you add on additional fares from Belize City to San Pedro. I always chose the expensive route of Tropic Air versus the water taxi, mostly to save time.

2.Hotel pricing.... Hotel prices are comparable but most places I have visited in Mexico and the Caribbean were all inclusive hotels. I haven't seen these in San Pedro.

3. Departure taxes.... I hate these... feels like you are being held hostage and have to pay to leave the country. These vary by country, some higher and some lower.

I love San Pedro and return mostly because of the friendliness of the locals. I hate seeing the rise in crime and wish they would get this under control. Every time I suggest Belize as a travel destination to someone they usually say they heard its not safe. This perception needs to get changed or tourism will decrease.

I hope all works out for the best for the people of San Pedro. I truly love this place.

#516322 - 07/30/16 05:17 PM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Marty]  
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Note that airport departure tax is required to be in US dollars.

http://www.pgiabelize.com/passengerinfo.htm

#516326 - 07/31/16 05:07 AM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: tahunt]  
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Margie Offline
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My husband and I are going to AC Sept 1st and are very excited about it. I did not know there was a departure tax. How much is it? Just want to be prepared. Thanks. Just joined the forum and already I am learning a lot!

#516329 - 07/31/16 05:30 AM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Marty]  
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Some tickets include this fee at point of purchase.

#516333 - 07/31/16 06:14 AM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Marty]  
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All countries and airports have departure taxes, usually already included in your tix rate. Departure taxes from the US are round US$40.00, depending on what each state, etc charges. I pay my departure taxes in BZ$.


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#516351 - 07/31/16 09:56 PM Re: Departure Fee Increase for Border Crossing [Re: Margie]  
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