Air Transportation: Extra Charges Eliminated

In El Salvador, the Government decided to eliminate the $3.5 fee charged to each passenger entering the country through El Salvador San Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Although the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Salvadoran Association of Airline Representatives (ASLA) opposed this charge, the fee went into effect on March 19, 2021.

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According to the text of the regulation creating this charge, the funds collected through the application of the fee would be used for the administration and operation services of the canine binomials and the treatment of international solid waste and seizures of phytosanitary materials at the airport platform.

Weeks after this charge was announced, the Salvadoran authorities decided to backtrack and abolished this measure.

In his Twitter account, David Martinez, Minister of Agriculture, explained that "... days ago a note was circulated by IATA and ASLA mentioning to reconsider an 'agricultural fee' of $3.50 applied to travelers entering our country. Therefore, after a detailed analysis, I have decided to cancel the tariff."

The publication dated May 11 details that the authorities will begin with "... a detailed technical analysis process for the benefit of the population, which we will make known at a later date."

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