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$18 Departure FEE Buenos Aires? Any other countries?

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1. Posted by mironowski (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Is it true about a $18 departure fee in Buenos Aires airport? This is the first time I've heard of entry/departure fees? How many other countries are involved in this tax on tourists/travelers? I don't think we should support them.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I have paid departure fees at a number of airports. Some of them make you pay in cash at the airport (I'm talking to you Vancouver), some of them include it in the price of the ticket (looking straight at you Toronto).

These fees are often used to pay for airport expansions.

As for not supporting them, what is your suggestion on how not to pay? I tried getting through Vancouver once without paying the departure tax, and had no luck.


3. Posted by mironowski (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Regarding not supporting them... Just don't fly to a country/aiport that has an entry/departure fee. Plenty of other places to visit that are free and won't charge for visiting them. Otherwise if I really want to visit a place I'll figure a way around it. Such as Chile, fly to Argentina and take bus over to Chile on end of my trip. My plane has a stop in Santiago, so I can catch it and thankfully there isn't any departure fee.

4. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

There is a BB$25 (US$13) departure tax upon leaving Barbados.

5. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 11y

I just went form MOntevideo to BA and there is also a 110 peso tax to pay also. Gay

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

The departure tax is definitely annoying, but I believe you would severely limit the places you could travel by boycotting it entirely. In my experience, many or most countries feature this last minute slap to the wallet, the US and Canada included I think.

7. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Yes there is a BBD$25.00/US$13.00 departure tax from the airport only in Barbados. It is supposed to be earmarked for airport expansion etc.. (which is currently going on).

Take a look at your air tickets out of the US. There are several taxes you pay.. one of those, even though it might not say it. is actually a US Departure tax. The only difference is you pay it in your ticket and not at the actual airport.

probably the same for Canada and other countries as well.

8. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

i was sooo angry when i had to pay this- found such a cheap gol ticket, was happy and then this, 10% of the ticket price....
yes, to get out of cuba_ 25....

shame on them

but the rest of argetn life is cheap

9. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

We have a departure tax from NZ & yes I have come accross it in various other places..

10. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Well, it is a bit of a traveler tax, but then, who else uses airports?
Just check with your travel agent, or your online booking...all the information is required to be there.

There is a $25 US departure tax from Jamaica and Antigua, and I think it $20 US from Panama, and these are not included in your ticket price. I wanted to ask the airport officials in Montego Bay if they would keep me if I didn't pay, but thought better of it. Any excuse to extend a vacation....

Just do a little research ahead of time and there should be no (or fewer) surprises.

BTW, from personal experience, it is almost impossible to cash a Visa Travelers Check in Panama. Amex only, we were told at 15 different banks.

Happy travels.