International passengers transiting through the country's four international airports must pay an additional $6 which corresponds to a migration tax.
With the adjustment, the total tax paid by each passenger will be $45.97, which includes the migration services and international departure taxes charged by the concessionaire of the airports in the country.
An announcement has been made that as of December 3rd the $29 corresponding to departure tax will be included in the final price of airline tickets.
The tax collected since 2003 by the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago, starting from December will be included in the final cost of tickets, with the aim of simplifying procedures and avoiding the long lines that travelers have to make in order to pay the tax before leaving the country.
The new tax will be used to fund the security and immigration systems but has already been opposed by tourism operators.
The Ministry of Interior announced that as of February 12 a $15 fee will be charged for entering or exiting Guatemala by air. Bruno Mertins, general manager of the travel agency Turansa believes that "the measure not only make ticket prices to and from Guatemala far more expensive, but it also makes the sector less competitive."
President Lobo has vetoed a $34 fee for nationals and tourists that was firmly opposed by the tourism industry.
The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, recently announced that the controversial "immigration whack" of $34 that was going to be charged to domestic and foreign travelers entering and leaving the country, has been vetoed.
The Lawyers Anticorruption Bar has filed with the Supreme Court a lawsuit against the new immigration fee of $34 approved by Congress.
The lawyer, Mauricio Torres Miller, a member of the Anticorruption Bar, said the suit has been bought because of violation of constitutional provisions.
An article on Proceso Digital’s website states that, "the legal professional also said that the lawsuit, 'is against acts by Congress and by the deputies themselves who once again have violated the Constitution, violated the decree of free movement of people, violated a series of articles that actually harm free movement independently of the economic damage which we have not yet stated. '"
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