Beginning April 1, international visitors to the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun, Costa Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum will begin paying a new tourist tax. State officials have said the new fee proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González and approved by the state Congress last year, will generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.
Every foreign arrival must pay 224 pesos (approx $11 USD) which will help fund more tourism industry development in the state. Exchange rates may vary the amount. Tourists will be able to pay the new tax during their stay or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax which will launch before the end of the month.
UPDATE: The online payment site is now live:
Visitors will have the option to access http://visitax.gob.mx/, where they will complete a brief questionnaire and make the payment. The VISITAX form will request the following information:
• Number of people traveling
• Name, age, and passport number of each individual
• Departure date
New terminals will also be set up at the airport to make it easy for visitors to make payments. The tax applies to all international visitors over the age of 15.
Cancun International Airport security staff will be on site to help ensure and verify that all tourists have paid the tax before departing the state. The tax does not apply to any national tourists.
Payments for the new taxes will be able to be made online by credit card or at the airport terminals using cash.
The new tax is expected to create more jobs and attractions which will better serve tourists long into the future. The state of Quintana is home to the ultra-popular tourist destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum. Throughout the pandemic, Cancun has been the top destinations for Americans and one of the most popular in the world.