As annoying and sometimes expensive as they are, we have to live with departure taxes. Over the last year or so, many countries have added these taxes. They can range from approximately 20 CAD in Vancouver, B.C. Canada (YVR) to 90 GBP for a First/Business Class ride from the U.K. to the U.S., 45 GBP in Economy class. Ouch!
Most countries in Europe has a departure tax, sometimes it is a tad cheaper if you are transiting within 24 hours. You can usually pay at the airport or pay your airline when you get home. Usually if you are traveling on another carrier than your own, the taxes are in the pass you bought. They sometimes double the cost of the pass! Some countries such as Trinidad and Tobago (100 TT), Dominican Republic (20 USD) and Bonaire (20 USD) have a special booth set up to collect this taxes.
No sense in complaining, just be prepared. Check with your fellow employees on what the tax is for the city you are visiting and how it is paid. Some countries only take cash in local currency while others will take credit cards. Usually they need exact change as well.
Taxes in General
In the U.S. there are quite a bit of taxes as well, but most airlines absorb that for you so you don’t realize it. But when you purchase an OA ticket you realize how much the taxes are. As an example a ticket from say Japan to the U.S. will have a lot of taxes on it, while one to Canada will have none or very little.
The NY Times just did an article on taxes at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/business/02fees.html?ref=travel. This make a very good read so please take a look.
Be prepared before you travel internationally, you should be prepared before you travel in general. Do your research by checking the airport Web sites, fellow passriders and in person when you visit different countries. Also, just have some cash available for departures taxes before you leave a country where one is necessary. Have a credit card handy or a debit card so you can use a local ATM if necessary. Don’t spend all your money on shopping.
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on all this? Do you have any stories as you were not prepared? Do you have any tips for your fellow passrider? Please share with us.
Have a great trip and plan for the departure taxes.