absolutely it's reciprocal...like most immigration laws it seems...and they'll get it somewhere whether it's in the ticket price or at the airport...I have nothing to back this up, but I suspect "fees/taxes" are much more when they're hidden in the ticket price!
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 2, 2008, at 8:30 AM by msmitheman ]
I haven't paid any attention to Australia's departure tax for years as it is included in the airfare price and the amount isn't detailed in the invoice. I believe the tax is now levied at $47 AUD per departure.
Went to my nearest FlightCentre office today to get a quote.
Depart on Cathay Pacific mid-February Perth -> Hong Kong -> New Delhi returning mid-March.
The quote states verbatim -
2 Adult fare at $1,263.00 per person
plus taxes of 790.39 per person
Total airfare based on cash price is :
$2,526.00 plus taxes of $1,580.78
Total price including all PREPAID taxes, charges & fees : $4,106.78
I'm gonna e-mail them tomorrow and ask for a full breakdown of the taxes, charges and fees.
Sander: I understand & support the concept of reciprocity, however you need to compare 'apple with apples', not 'apples with oranges', I fully support countries that charge reciprocal visa fees. In this case, the Chileans are charging an additional 'transit tax' for the amount of the visa fee charged to its nationals by particular countries ie. US, Canada, Australia etc., on travellers that are only transiting through Santiago airport, not actually applying for a Chilean visa!