If you’re planning a vacation to Cancun visit tax or any other destination in Mexico, there’s something you should be aware of. There is a new tax that has been introduced and will affect all international travelers traveling to and from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (home to popular destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum). The fee, known as the Cancun Visitor Tax or Visitax, is currently 241 pesos ($12 USD) per traveler and must be paid prior to departure via an online portal.
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The new tax is effective as of April 1st, 2021, and will apply to all international travelers who arrive in and depart from the city. You can pay the Visitax online before your trip (recommended) or in person at the airport or various tourism booths around town. The process is simple and should only take a few minutes. You will need to provide your name, passport number, nationality, and travel dates to complete the payment. Once you submit your information you will receive a digital receipt that you can present upon arrival at the airport.
If you are traveling with a group, you can include everyone in one payment transaction to make the process even easier. If you do not pay the tax before your trip, you may be fined or denied boarding on flights leaving Cancun. We are happy to see that Mexico is taking this proactive approach to address the issue and hope it will help deter future incidents.