I've heard that there's a fee for leaving the airports in other countries. For Example, I'm flying into Belize, and I was told I would have to pay a $40.00 fee to exit the airport. Is this true or a scam?
Also, if it is true, is there a site I can go to that lists fees for things like this?
In many countries, if a passenger, after arriving, waits in the departure part of the airport for a second flight to another country, that passenger is considered a transit passenger. Transit passengers do not pay departure tax, or need a visa. However, when that passenger, leaves the airport (to visit the city, ect.)and later returns to catch a second flight out of the country, then he or she often must pay departure tax. In some countries, if a passenger went out to visit the city and came back with in a certain length of time, no tax is required.
In my experience, Hong Kong would let visitor visit the city in a short length of time (12 or 24 hours?) without having to pay departure tax. In Tokyo, when my plane comes in at 7 or 8 am, I often take the train and go down town. In the evening I come back and check in for the flight to the US. If I showed my boarding pass for the flight which I came in with, the check in agent get me a waiver to go to the departure area free. In Bangkok, as soon as you go out, it cost you about 10 dollars (400 bahts ?)to get back in.
I wonder, if that 40 dollar fee you mentioned, could that be a visa fee, or permits to stay in the country for a length of time?
Yes, you do have to pay the exit fee to leave Belize. We just spent 3 weeks there in March. We loved it and plan to go back. It's a fairly expensive country to visit, but has a lot of pluses.
I think Bangkok is now 500 bahts
It was a bit of a shock! I'd just spent all my change too, so I had to get more cash out on my card....
Wow that seems pretty ridiculous to pay a fee just to leave. How will I know if they try to overcharge me? Can anyone tell me a site that lists airport departure fees?
I know it's a bit of a scandel, but an easy way to make money out of the tourists. In Turkey you have to pay like £10 or something to get in, but if you give them a £20, you don't get any change.....
Grin and bear it...