Departure taxes in Mexico, Central and South America… Don’t let them surprise you when you are out of cash at the Airport

Departure taxes in Mexico, Central and South America… Don’t let them surprise you when you are out of cash at the Airport

August 5, 2008

Many countries in Latin America require a payment at the airport prior to departure. Often times you have to pay this amount in cash (usually either local currency or US Dollars).

Argentina: (Buenos Aires EZE) $18 to be paid in USD upon checking in for international flight from Argentina.

  • El Calafate: $18 to be paid in USD at local airport for domestic flights.
  • Trelew: $6.05 to be paid in USD at local airport for domestic flights.
  • Ushuaia: $15 to be paid in USD at local airport for domestic flights.

Belize: (Belize City BZE) $20 Paid in cash at the airport prior to departure.

Bolivia: (La Paz LPB) and (Santa Cruz VVI) $16 airport toll plus $25 traveler tax. ($100 USD reciprocal VISA fee now required for US citizens… check before you fly)

Brazil: (Rio de Janeiro GIG) or (Sao Paulo GRU) None (Included in ticket price). Visa required in advance including $100 reciprocal fee for US citizens.

Chile: (Santiago SCL) $100 to be paid in USD, Visa, Master Card or American Express upon arrival at customs. (This is actually a reciprocal Visa fee)

Costa Rica: (San Jose SJO) and (Liberia LIR) $26 to be paid in USD or local currency prior to checking in with the ticketing booth. Costa Rica now accepts credit cards… however a cash advance fee may apply. Use your debit card to avoid the fee.

Ecuador: (Quito UIO) and (Guayaquil GYE)

  • Guayaquil: $27.15 to be paid in USD upon checking in for international flight.n (Cash only)
  • Quito: $40.80 to be paid in USD upon checking in for international flight. (Cash only)
  • Shell: $3 to be paid in USD upon checking in for domestic flight to & from Kapawi.
  • Galapagos: $10 to be paid in USD for Galapagos Transit Control Card upon checking in for domestic flight to Galapagos. National park fee currently USD 80 per person

Guatemala: (Guatemala City GUA) $30 for international departure, plus $5 per domestic flight, plus $5 fuel surcharge per domestic flight.

Mexico; (Mexico City MEX) Included in ticket price (but over $70… paid when you buy your ticket). The same tax applies to all airports in Mexico

Panama: (Panama City PTY) $20 paid at airport upon departure

Peru: (Lima LIM) $30.25 for international departures, $6.05 for each domestic flight to be paid in USD or local currency after check-in before entering gate area. (cash only)

Uruguay: (Montevideo MVD) $29 to be paid in USD after check-in, before entering gate area.

This information is estimated and is subject to change. Check with the appropriate embassy prior to confirm accuracy prior to departure

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I like the first point you made there, but I am not sure I could reasonably apply that in a postive way.

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