Tourism in Costa Rica: NO to New Tax

The union of tourist businesses is asking the new government to repeal the decree that increases by $1 the amount that each person must pay when entering or leaving the country.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The National Chamber of Tourism argues that in regards to the new charge of $1 " ... it is opposed to this guideline, considering it a double charge that would be made by two dependencies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, for the same service."

From a statement issued by rom the National Chamber of Tourism:

Canatur is asking for a repeal of the decree that makes entering or exiting the country more expensive. Canatur and CCH expressed their opposition to this collection, in 2016, considering it is a double charge for the same service.

For its part, the Airline Association could oppose applying the charge to air tickets.

The National Chamber of Tourism has asked the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, to repeal a decree left by the previous government by which the amount that people must pay on entering or leaving the country is increased by one dollar.

Read full release (in Spanish).

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