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State’s new Visitax comes into effect for international travelers

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — As of April 1, the state’s new Visitax takes force, a tax that will see international visitors pay 224 peso or $10 USD per person, during their stay. The tax, which is enforced by SATQ (Sistema de Administración Tributaria de Quintana Roo), can be paid before or during a stay or upon departure at the airport.

Visitors paying during their stay can do so online, where they are then required to download proof of payment. Groups and families can pay in one lump sum but with individual receipts. For those preferring to pay upon departure, personnel across state airports will be on hand to assist departing tourists with the payment of the tax.

During a press conference, the head of the Quintana Roo Tourism Secretariat, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, reported that the Secretary of Finance and Planning has already begun collecting the tax through international online bookings.

“The system by which it is charged is digital and we expect that 90 percent of payments will be made this way, which can be done before the trip, during or before returning,” she said adding that for the past few weeks, international visitors arriving on or after April 1 have been making the payments online during the time of their reservation.