March 10, 2008

Airport Departure Tax is a Greedy Annoyance
Lima, Peru

Many countries have the nasty little habit of charging a fee to enter or leave their country—as if the money a tourist or traveler will be injecting into the local economy isn't enough, you've got to pay repeated tributes to the local government.

Visa fees are upfront, overt assaults on your savings, whereas the sneaky airport departure tax is one that can stab at you unexpectedly, just as you're washing your hands of a country.

Not only are airport departure taxes a bureaucratic nuisance, but they can be confusing and difficult to deal with.

Travelers leaving via airports—the most common scene for such fees—have to consistently ask themselves questions: Is there a departure tax in this country? How much is it? Has it been included in my airline ticket or not? Do they only accept cash? Will they give me change back? Can I pay in the local currency, or do I have to pay in U.S. dollars? What in the hell is this departure tax for, anyway?

I'm a shoestring traveler—I take the cheapest flights, regardless. US$50 in savings on airfare can feed me for a week or two.

Lima's international airport

So when I'm asked to pay US$30.25 to leave Lima's airport—just for the privilege of using the airport—I'm angered. This fee doesn't exist at overland border crossings because only 1/10 of the collected money would make it back to the capital. Airports are easier environments to control, so governments gouge where they can.

Over 7.5 million passengers arrived, transited, or departed from Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport in 2007.

Taking a hypothetical stab at the number of departing international passengers—say 35% of total passengers—that leaves us with about 2.6 million people who had to pay the $30.25 departure fee.

Multiplying the departure fee against the assumed number passenger departures last year brings us to a figure: $79.4 million U.S. dollars.

That's nearly $220,000 collected from passengers every day, simply for the privilege of taking an international flight out of the airport—an absolutely appalling figure.

The value of US$220,000 in Peru is undeniably staggering. What airport services could possibly warrant the collection of such a fee? We're talking about the wages and economy of a heavily impoverished, second-world country here. This is greed and corruption, fueled by opportunity, at an obscene level.

Please, tell me the departure fee is being used to provide better lives for the people of Peru. Tell me they're using the funds to turn desert into farmland, and favelas into communities with running water and telephone service. Tell me my departure dollars are being used to aid the victims of the earthquakes that perpetually ravage the homes constructed of dirt, sticks, and corrugated tin in the southern reaches of the country.

Tell me these things, because otherwise, all I see is a bandit holding me hostage at the airport, refusing to let me fly until I cough up the cash. All I see is governmental corruption, greed, and extortion, shoved right in my face.

Perhaps had they wrapped this fee up into my total ticket price, it would've been more transparent, like the fuel surcharges and other security fee nonsense I'm forced to pay for on each flight. But charging me $30.25 to let Aidric depart from the airport—an infant sitting on a lap who wasn't even occupying a seat on the plane—is absolutely unforgivable. It's shameless greed, pure and simple.

For me to have plopped down $90.75 in cash so that my girlfriend, our two-month-old son, and I can take a flight has really struck a nerve.

I've had it with Peru. I'm done. I'm sick of looking at it. I'm sick of dealing with it. And it'll take an act of god to get me back in this country within another 10 years, maybe more. Scratch off another country in South America that I've no interest in revisiting again.

Goodbye Peru, I won't miss you in the least.

Comments:

The United States

Roosh

March 14th, 2008

You won't miss much, though the girls in miraflores weren't bad

The United States

babak

March 14th, 2008

maybe the fee is for airport maintenance… it is very expense to keep something like a airport in good shape, runways, electronics, not to mention all the moving parts in for instance the baggage belts. maybe they have a airport tax so the airport can pay for itself…. And they probably change international travelers the tax because locals pay for it out of their income or property taxes…

The United States

Craig | travelvice.com

March 14th, 2008

This is pretty weird: A company called Fraport acquired 100% ownership of Lima's airport last year.

With the acquisition of Alterra Lima Holdings' 57.25 percent stake, Fraport now owns all of the Lima Airport shares. Up to a maximum of 40 percent of the shares will be sold to Peruvian investors and the World Bank investment fund (IFC), whereby Fraport will retain at least 60 percent over the long term. Lima Airport is considered to be a success-oriented investment in an interesting growth market.

Lovely.

@Babak: That's like justifying a $15 bucket of popcorn at a movie theatre because they don't make enough profit off the sale of tickets and the such. Only difference here is that I'm being forced to pay for something I see no advertised justification for, or return on. I don't pay for overpriced popcorn. I don't like paying for overpriced departure fees.

Canada

Jen/YVR

March 14th, 2008

When I first started in the travel biz, 11 years ago, airport departure taxes weren't too common. It was a time when everyone in the travel industry was making alot more money. For airports, security was (relatively) minimal, environmental levies were essentially non-existant - it just plain cost less to run the whole deal.

These days, alot of airports charge departure taxes in addition to the ones charged by the country and city. Every commercially used airport in Canada charges a tax - ranging from $5 - $15 (paltry compared to Lima's $30+, and I think reasonable, considering the quality of most Canadian airports))but they are charged on your ticket. We moved from the whole surprise-don't-you-wish-you-had-hung-onto-those-last-few-remaining-Canadian-dollars-instead-of-buying-smoked-salmon-and-maple-candy-because-now-you-can't-leave-Vancouver-Airport tax that you only found out about as you tried to head through security. It's now all hidden in those codes that a non-travel industry person could care less about - but certainly still there.

The biggest difference between the tax charged in Lima and the tax charged in, say, Vancouver, or Hong Kong (who not only charges a tax, but also a surcharge - believe it or not, two different things, both costing you money), is that the latter two are recognized as some of the most beautiful, functional, pleasant airports in the world. That $15 and $5, respectively, go a long way. Lima - not so much.

So I definitely have to wonder along with you, Craig - where the hell is all that money going?

The United States

Willie

April 13th, 2008

Actually departure fees are included in most airfares, you just don't see them. Some countries receive the fee directly from you and others through the airline. You pay either way. Thats why some airfares look cheap, because they don't show the taxes until you check-out. Taxes are taxes.

Chile requires US citizens to pay $100 to get a visa, but good for many years. A departure fee isn't going to stop me from enjoying my travels. Traveling costs money. If you can eat for $50 for two weeks, don't complain….you've saved plenty…or obviously cheap. Count your blessings.

Peru

andrea

May 19th, 2008

I agree that the departure tax has gone up since the renovations at the airport started some years ago, I don't know if you were in Lima before but I assure you that a lot of investment went into trying to fix it up…
but
It's also true that life in Peru is cheap enough in comparison.

Brazil

Marga

June 18th, 2008

Just to leave a register: US airports are charging up to US$ 300,00 of foreigners at the arrival or departure of international flights. It is almost the cost of the airline ticket!

Peru

travel dude

September 2nd, 2008

Its amazing. I have lived in Lima for over one year and they keep raising the departure tax every few months with no end in site.

As Obama says "Enough!"

Peru

Steve Ayres

October 29th, 2008

I've been in Peru two weeks and I'm tired of having to pay a fee every time I take a flight, even for a 20 minute flight over the Nazca lines!

I'd be much happier if fees were included in the airfare, so you don't have to find cash to pay the fee at the last minute, or have to remember to keep back the right money.

I'm tempted to find as many 1 centimo coins as possible to pay the fee, no one else accepts them but I assume they can't refuse them as they gave them to me on my domestic flights.

As for Peru, I've been, wasn't impressed, won't go back.

The United Kingdom

Sergio

November 18th, 2008

You may be a cheap traveller m8, security charges at airports in the US are in excess of $50 USD. It is only fair to pay such fees. These are for security purposes. Just pay up buddy. Stop nagging. The charges are totally justifiable.

The United States

Erik

November 19th, 2008

The difference is in the US, the fees are sold with the ticket. No additional cash requirement. Paying cash to an official at an airport amounts to a tourist tax, basically. How do I know that cash isn't going into a corrupt official's pocket as son as I turn around? I have the same issue with paying for a visa upon arrival in Turkey - US citizens must pay $20 in US cash. No application, no vetting. So tell me what this is for?

And let's not get started on the futility of the security related fees in the US and how ridiculous DHS and TSA have screwed things up. So much hypocrisy.

The United States

kp

February 23rd, 2009

i feel your pain, but have you ever looked at your receipt for a domestic (US) airfare? the US fed charges you upto $28 (for roundtrip) in airport usage and security fee. the difference between the US and Peru (or most of the other S American countries), is that US does is in stealth mode, as part of your up front cost.

The United Kingdom

Andy K

March 14th, 2009

If you think that is bad, in the UK we are charged around £30 ($40 depending on the FX rate). Some airlines now offer fares as low as £9 to get customers (Aerlingus). In the UK new International high speed trains are replacing air travel altogether, in fact several airlines are looking to invest in train ventures. The infrastructure has cost billions to install and include moving the track across London and building the new Ebbsfleet International Railway Station in Kent.

Then there is the Maglev train in Japan, capable of 4000 mph. Although it does not travel that fast yet it could, which means plans could become a secoundary form of transport in the future, with less funding safety measures and general costs to the environment, train may well beat plane for land travel atleast.

Peru

Gunnar

March 28th, 2009

I only paid US$348 on Expedia for my roundtrip flight from JFK to Lima so I can't complain at an extra US$30 departure tax. In fact Peru is so cheap I saved hundreds of dollars! You are overreacting when you say you don't want to return to Peru. You should remember all the great stuff Peru offers.

The United States

Monica

April 10th, 2009

I just paid (2 weeks ago) an airport departure tax of $35.00 US when I flew out of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I had so much fun in Honduras and Guatemala and saved so much money on food and lodging that I did not care. I did wonder what it was for, but I pay much more than that with all the fees tacked onto the US airfares. I head to Ecuador and Peru in July and am looking forward to it. At least I know now that I have to pay to leave. Only paid $231.00 for my ticket so it's a small price to pay.

The United States

Carrie Poulin

June 2nd, 2009

Has anyone heard of this??? INFANT TAX AT AIRPORTS! I travel between Canada and the US to visit family all the time and have always taken an infant with me. First, my daughter and now my son. This is the first time I've ever been charged/aware of being charged an INFANT TAX. I just recently booked a flight leaving Cedar Rapids, IA to Saskatoon, SK Canada… paid full price for 3 tickets and intended my 1 yr old to be my lap child. AND NOW THEY WANT TO CHARGE ME $12.00 to have him as a lap child!!! What a scam!!! I called United Airlines and was told that its a "Canadian Government thing and has nothing to do with the airline". Bull-shit, like I said, I've never been made aware of this before.

Colombia

Rick Bergstrom

June 5th, 2009

OK, all good stuff, but what about this scam: I noticed that if I book a one-way flight from LAX to Cartagena, Colombia, the "US international departure tax" is $16.10…but, if I book a RT ticket on the same airline (Spirit) from Cartagena to LAX, of course there is the Colombian departure tax, but the "US international departure tax" is now shown as $32.20!…..Hey, I'm not departing the US twice, am I? And, of course, try to get some bureaucrat to give a straight answer! Sheeesh!

The United Kingdom

Yves Albrecht

July 2nd, 2009

hello, I payed 31 USD at Lima airport three weeks ago, but was surprised that passengers of some american airlines (e.g. delta, AA and/or continental) did not have to pay the tax. Does anybody know the reason for that ? In principle I was on a transfer flight (passengers on transfer not leaving the closed sector do not need to pay the fee), but I had to claim my baggage again for re-check-in, and therefore re-enter the departure sector. Then they charged me the fee, although I had arrived and departured within a short time.

China

Zictor

July 5th, 2009

It's interesting how these small things really DO piss you off. Not going into the merit of the existence of such taxes, but they would bother much less if the taxes were already included in the ticket. PLUS, paying officials is asking for corruption.

The United States

Santiago

July 10th, 2009

While I believe the 31 USD at Lima is too much, these are taxes almost every airport in the world charges. In the case of Lima, they go directly to the company that manages the airport: LAP. The government has a stake in the airport, so you can argue that some tax money goes to the government as well. I understand most people are really pissed off, but the only bad policy of Lima airport is that they don't include that tax in the ticket.

As for Yves: The Peruvian government is aware of this inconvenience for passengers and they asked the airlines to start including the tax in the ticket. I noticed Delta includes it in your ticket, but unfortunately it will take time for every airline to implement that new regulation.

The United Kingdom

fed-up with extra fees traveller

August 1st, 2009

Low cost airlines in the UK have fares as low as £1 ($1.50 approx) but then charge for eveything including mandatory on-line check in. With Ryanair there is no way possible to check-in for your flight for free. A flight usually works out a lot more costly than some of the full-fare airlines. It is not only the airports and governments that are not transparent with customers!!

The United States

WNB

September 15th, 2009

This is for Rick. The $16.10 isn't a departurte tax per se, it is an International Tax for ALL flights to or from the US. It is a flat fee because the journey crosses boarders and the US cannot apply their normal 7.5% tax for it. The reason countries such as Peru or Costa Rica charge a departure tax in cash is so they actually RECEIVE it at the time of departure instead of waiting for the airline to cut them a check for the amount. ALL countries have departure taxes, only the poorer countries charge it in cash while the others are built into the airfare. To dimiss a country because of this is petty and perhaps traveling abroad is not for you. Stay at home

Canada

Brenda

September 18th, 2009

Yves Albrecht: The reason those travelling with American Airlines, etc. didn't have to pay is because the fee is included in the ticket price. Not sure why all other airlines don't include it as well.

The United States

Carlitos

November 19th, 2009

Yves Albreth: The American companies have an agreement with the Airport Administrators in Lima to include the fee in the ticket. This is part of the good service the airlines try to provide to their customers. Other airlines simply do not have such agreement. It bothers to go to the airline counter to be told you have to go to the second floor to pay a fee. Most people do not have cash and they don't take credit cards. Watch out if you are traveling in any american airlines and you go and pay, they will take the money anyway. By the way the Lima Airport administrator is a british private company that was hired by the goverment to do the administration for 20 years. So far they are doing a terrible job. If you visit their Web Site http://www.lap.com.pe/lap_portal/ingles/tuua.html you may notice that they do not inform that travelers of american airlines do not have to pay, they don't tell either that the fee have to be paid in cash only.

Peru

Stefano

November 27th, 2009

every where around the world is an airport fee but they included on the ticket so you dont feel paying 30 dollars or what ever amount of money is required. If you dont have money to pay for things like taxes DONT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE. US charges us 100usd for an apoinment to ask for a visa, if they say no sorry we loose the money we should also charge people like you to go in to our contry like Bolivia does and its getting reed of people like you cheap bastard!!! we dont want you around either, if see you around i kick you out me self !!!!

Peru

Julius Cano

December 1st, 2009

Hello,
I am Peruvian. The charges you wrote about are totally justifiable. They charged you anywhere in the world, it is your problem if you notice it or not. I have 2 American visas and I had to pay more than $100 each. I was lucky enough to get it but if I didn´t the American Embassy wasn't going to give me a penny back. Where do that money go? I have no clue mister.
I've been in the States as a tourist 7 o 8 times. I have very good friends there, and no, they are not Illegal; some of them are Americans who enjoyed Peru when they visited and who didn't complain for what they had to pay because they know that you always have to pay for that!
If you do not want to return to our country, that is your choice. Sad to know you couldn't enjoy it. Peru is more than Lima. There are very fascinating places to discover, I mean if you really like to travel and experience a place. if you are those who just sit and wait for the tourist bus to take you where they want you to go, you knew nothing.
There are tons of places in the US that seemed boring to me, and some others seemed terrific and full of life. I have to say I will visit your country again in the near future (not planning to stay pal, I have a very good life in my place) and when I had to pay for my taxes or be registered as a terrorist just for the fact I am a South American (and SO proud of it) I won't complain. I know those are the rules of the game, like it or not.

The United States

Tatiana

December 2nd, 2009

Stefano: deja tu complejo de inferioridad de lado y lee bien de lo que están hablando aca. Te lo digo en español porque es OBVIO que no sabes inglés. Si supieras inglés sabrías que nadie está hablando de que te negaron la visa y ahora en tu frustración tercermundista odias a los americanos. El tema es sobre impuestos de salida, para que te enteres. "Cheap bastard"? Te atreves a usar esa frase después de que lloras públicamente por tus $100? POR FAVOR! Y ya es hora de que te enteres también que es una compañía Alemana la dueña del aeropuerto Jorge Chávez, o sea la que se beneficia de los impuestos. Y quiero ver cómo vas a "kick you out me self" (querrás decir "MYSELF"?) a Craig, jaja, qué patético comentario, demostrando tu sub-cultura. Dedícate a aprender a escribir correctamente, mejor. Talvez así la próxima vez que juntes tus $100 te digan que sí y puedas venir a este país limpiar baños, no sin antes pagar tu impuesto de salida a los bolsillos Alemanes y tengas un motivo más para quejarte.

Peru

Julius Cano

December 2nd, 2009

Hola Tatiana. Tu mensaje si en un momento fue para coregir lo que dijo el otro forista terminó también bastante insultante. De hecho, se podría decir lo mismo de otra manera y enseñarle formas al forista anterior. Por otro lado pienso que tines razón en lo que mencionas acerca que este foro es para hablar de los impuestos aeropuertarios y no de la visa, pero de la misma forma yo también lo mencioné porque es un tema que tal vez muchos americanos no sepan y piensen que nuestros gobiernos son los únicos que quieren sacar ventaja de la situación turística o migrante.
Well, I only hope this message will be useful to clarify the doubts about airport taxes which MUST be paid everywhere, knowing it or not.
Lima, Peru

The United States

Tatiana

December 2nd, 2009

Julius, esa era mi intención. El tal "Stefano" se presenta aquí a hacer 1. un comentario fuera de lugar 2. mal escrito 3. ofensivo. No me corresponde enseñarle a ser gente. Por otro lado, tu comentario me gustó. Me pareció muy bien articulado, aunque también hayas mencionado el tema de la visa, pero sólo fue eso: mención. Vaya diferencia. Pero eso sí te digo algo: claro que Craig sabe (y muchísimos otros americanos) lo que cuesta un proceso de aplicación a una visa americana, pero esa no es la única visa pagada en el mundo. Es absurdo que hay gente que se queje de ciertos costos que van muy de acuerdo con el costo de vida del país al que se pretende viajar. Si para alguien es mucho dinero, entonces no es un destino apropiado para esa persona. Por otro lado, hay muchos países donde sólo pagan visa los portadores de pasaportes Americanos y Europeos. Te doy algunos ejemplos que los hemos vivido juntos: Indonesia, Turquía, Brasil, Tailandia. Yo no tuve que pagar, nuestro hijo tampoco, pero sí Craig.

Volviendo al tema de esta entrada, lo absurdo es que en aquel momento Aidric tenía sólo 2 meses, ni siquiera tenía boarding pass y nos hacen pagar $31 por su uso del aeropuerto?? No te parece ridículo? Si uno viaja solo son sólo $31, pero en familia eso va sumando, y más absurdo aún en un aeropuerto que no ofrece nada espectacular al viajante. Te invito a que veas la página web de, por ejemplo, el aeropuerto Changi de Singapore, un país que es más pequeño que nuestra capital: http://www.changiairport.com/changi/en/index.html

Argentina

Done with South America

December 8th, 2009

I have been in South America now for 2 months and conisistantly each and every country and city I visit attempts to fuck me any wich way possible financially. For their half assed infastructure and services. The answer is to not come back. They are not getting another dime out of me. When tourism drops off they have can have themselves to thank.

Argentina

dennis

December 24th, 2009

argentina is about to join the game. 131 for americans but only 70 for canadians, etc. easy money.

The United States

Craig | travelvice.com

December 24th, 2009

This is UNBELIEVABLE.

It looks like it is now official:

(main page: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/)

USA: USD $131 (for life of passport)
Canadian: USD $70 (*single entry)
Australian: USD $100 (for life of passport)

The form says the payment can be in pesos, US dollars, credit cards or travellers checks.

This is not a Visa requirement, but rather a penalty in return for high visa fees for Argentineans to these countries.

……………….

Acccording to the US Embassy alert it is to start DECEMBER 20, but only for arrivals at the international airport in Buenos Aires (so far).

http://spanish.argentina.usembassy.gov/index.html

Airport Entry Fee

December 11, 2009

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that on
December 20, 2009, the Government of Argentina will begin charging
American Citizens visiting Argentina for business or tourism an entry
fee of $131 U.S. dollars. The fee will be collected only at Buenos
Aires Ezeiza International Airport. Once paid, the fee permits multiple
entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with United States
visa reciprocity. Americans may pay in dollars, by credit card, or with
travelers checks.

U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in
the U.S. for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas
Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight
Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at
(202)-501-4444. For any emergencies involving American citizens, please
contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy's
Consular Section, located at 4300 Avenida Colombia, 1425 Buenos Aires;
telephone+54-11-5777-4354; after hours emergency telephone
+54-11-5777-4873; ACS unit fax +54-11-5777-4293; e-mail
BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov; web page http://argentina.usembassy.gov
.

Americans living or traveling in Argentina are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui
so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Argentina. Americans without internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Germany

Bohemian Butterfly

December 26th, 2009

Wow! Some of you need to do a bit of research into taxes, etc. Sadly, these taxes are NOT used to improve the lives of the Peruvian people, in fact everything in Peru, including the natural gas, Peru trainline to Machu Picchu, the airport and even Cusqueno beer are owned by FOREIGN companies or the Elitists with the world bank. Meanwhile the Peruvian people in Cusco and most areas cannot afford gas central heating (even though the gas comes from just outside Cusco) and their homes are FREEZING in the 4 month long winter period (I know because I am in one) ! Foreign corporations are robbing Peru of its rich natural resources and the people suffer with often less than $200 per month to survive on!
I find Peru an amazing country of diversity, delicious food, and much life and color in spite of their many years of poverty. I don't agree with the airport tax because it (along with the extortionate parking fees) are lining the pockets of the already rich elitists who ignore the state of others' well-being. The taxes are not about security, good facilities, etc. because those costs are already covered by the large fees airlines pay just to be able to land at any particular airport.
Wake up and help the locals of any country by buying their locally produced art, clothing, etc. directly at local 'artesanas' markets and realize the extortion being practiced is likely by elitists from your very own country–NOT the peruvians! The 'eco-friendly' policies the companies preach in the US and Canada are completely forgotten when they drill for oil in Peru, strip it of its' natural gas, and mine for gold. Just go visit the rainforest and see the 'eco-friendly' pipelines for yourself! Wake up and realize most of the corruption you see is orchestrated by your very own Western country!

Argentina

jojo

January 6th, 2010

can anyone advise on the current international departure tax from Santiago de Chile…. for UK citizen…. thanks

The United States

Betty

January 7th, 2010

It was interesting to read all the comments. I just wanted to know how much was the airport tax in Lima Peru and got to this site. I wonder if there is an an airport tax in Cusco too?

The United States

Cora

January 20th, 2010

I just paid $40.80 USD to leave Quito Ecuador. I gave the man $41 and he gave me twenty cents…in pennies. The $31 I have paid several times to leave Peru sounds better and better. I'll soon be en route to Bucharest, Romania. Does anyone know what the airport tax will be there?

Peru

Ed

January 30th, 2010

This is hilarious! If you're so upset about the departure tax to leave Peru, take a look at your ticket and see what the departure AND arrival taxes are for entering and exiting the United States! Not to mention the fees the government charges people from Peru and most other countries to obtain a Visa ($130, granted that's for 10 years, but they still pay US departure and arrival taxes). You're getting off easy with Peru's tax, be glad they don't make you pay for a visa like Brazil does!

Brazil

Paulo Viera

February 13th, 2010

At first you could be anger.But relax,life is short, we in South America need to pay the wages and "extras" of politicians and theirs associates so the motto is "BRAZIL THE COUNTRY OF TAXES"

The United States

Dave

August 7th, 2010

If you look at the taxes with Spirit airlines there charging you same exit tax as the one you leave the country like San pedro sula in Honduras. Your being charge double.

Colombia

Matt

September 27th, 2010

I'll never go back to Peru. Customs took one of my laptops on the way in because I didn't declare it properly, got screwed on pretty much everything while there, and taxed on the way out. I'm sure it's got some nice landscapes, but definitely not worth the problems.

And yes, the US screws most foreigners with their $140 visa fee that you most likely won't get anyway. I dropped almost $1k USD on visa application, travel expenses, documentation, etc. for my girlfriend and she got denied for no good reason. Government is big business folks, and unfortunately they've got a monopoly! Stay home, crack some beers, and watch the travel channel.

Peru

truth

October 5th, 2010

an airline pays an airport for the use of the facilities of the airport therefore the airport is built to cater to the use of airline’s departures and arrivals.

Therefore any airport tax is simply a way local governments gain moneys and for a third world local government moneys would most probably be disbursed to specified officials as bonus for anything like houses, boats, cars, girlfriends etc etcs, it’s simply a way to take…

The United States

scs

December 31st, 2010

Just returned from Peru via Lima. I dont have a problem with the airport tax, except it should have been included in the ticket like Panama does. Also note that every one has to pay this tax, including Peruvians leaving the country, unlike for a US visa where you have to fork $130 with no assurance of getting a visa. And compared to Chile and Argentina, Peru is a bargain ($131 entrance fees for US Citizens if entering through Santiago or Buenos Aires airports).

Spain

Andrea

February 17th, 2011

Just so everyone knows, the airport departure fee in Lima is now included in the ticket!

Peru

Craig | travelvice.com

February 17th, 2011

@Andrea - correct. As of 1 Jan 2011 the departure tax at the airports in Lima and Cuzco have been folded into the ticket price. (US$31 for an international departure, I believe.)

I'm currently in Tarapoto, Peru, and the US$7.40 domestic departure tax (per ticket) was included with my TACA Perú flight purchase. Travelers need to make sure the check-in desk places a sticker on the backs of the tickets to show security that the tax has been paid.

Other regional airports will still make you pay the fee before departing. Tarapoto's domestic departure tax is S/. 11.

Australia

Aussie7

April 14th, 2011

Just went to raratonga in the cook islands for honeymoon.. Great place typical island living good weather nice beaches etc.. We spent over 3000 au dollars there in 8 days.. Which was fine we allowed a bit.. But then on departure were asked to pay $110.00 - 55 each to get out.. No one had mentioned this to us the whole time leading up, although I was expecting about $20 this was ridiculous.. After what we had spent there couldn't believe it. And seriously what the $@&k is it for! Load of s&@t!

Guatemala

Malana Ashlie

October 2nd, 2011

This has probably (already) been pointed out by this time…however, check your US ticket breakdown. Depart AND arrival taxes from U.S. airports are added into the price of the ticket.

A Delta flight from Honduras into Atlanta might be on sale for $350. but the Atlanta airport taxes will cause the final total to double the price.

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