Quintana Roo’s New Tourism Tax Goes Into Effect April 1st
The state of Quintana Roo has just implemented a new mandatory tax, VISITAX, to be paid by visitors departing Cancun and Cozumel on April 1st, 2021 and onward.
The tax is approximately $10.00 USD per person (depending on the current exchange rate).
Visitors can pay prior to departing for their resort, at the Cancun or Cozumel Airport upon arrival or departure, or at any time prior to their departure back home. However, we highly recommend travelers complete the transaction prior to the commencement of their vacation by visiting the secure VISITAX website, (change between Spanish and English on the upper right of the screen). You will be asked to answer a few questions: name(s), age(s), passport number(s), departure date, and data for electronic payment. Upon completion of payment, you will receive a receipt in the form of a QR code. Payment for families and groups may be made in a single transaction with individual QR code receipts provided.
Kiosks will also be available at the Cancun and Cozumel airports to collect payment and provide a QR code, and assistance will be available. However, lines may get long so we are recommending travelers complete the transaction prior to leaving the USA. Passengers will not be allowed through airport security upon their departure from Cancun/Cozumel without a valid QR code.
We apologize for the short notice but unfortunately, the payment information was just communicated by the state government. Thank you for your understanding.
All You Need to Know about the New Tourist Tax (VISITAX) in Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo is one of the best tourist destinations in Mexico, preferred by tourists from all across the globe. Travelers arriving in Quintana Roo will soon have to pay a new tourism tax.
The state of Quintana Roo, which includes the popular beach resorts of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel, will soon levy a tax of 224 pesos ($11 USD) per tourist beginning April 1st.
The new tax was proposed by Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez and approved by the state Congress last year, with the program expected to generate an estimated $29.1 million in additional revenue.
Travelers will be expected to pay the tax electronically when they book, once they arrive, or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax. There will also be an option to pay in cash at airport terminals, but the tax is required for anyone 15 years old and older.
Joaquin Gonzalez said the tax was implemented to help fund more tourism industry development throughout the state.
“It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” Diaz continued.