Assembly Considers Adding Exit Tax To Plane Fare

September 2, 2005

A bill under discussion in the Legislative Assembly proposes adding the $26 exit tax people must pay when leaving Costa Rica by plane to the price of airline tickets in hopes of reducing the lines people stand in to pay the tax.Now, the tax must be paid at one of the desks installed by the bank Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago (Bancrédito) in the airport. Bancrédito receives a 5% commission on the approximately $31.2 million it collects from 1.2 million passengers.Social Christian Unity Party legislator Olman Vargas, who is promoting the bill, said the plan already has the approval of the Association of Airlines and Alterra Partners, the private company contracted by the government to run the airport.However, he said, the Finance Ministry takes issue with the law, principally because it would take the airlines two weeks to turn in the collected funds to the government, while Bancrédito does it immediately.

You may be interested

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador
Weather
2053 views
Weather
2053 views

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador

AFP - December 10, 2017

Three people have died in Costa Rica, includiing two Swiss tourists, and one in El Salvador as a result of…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
2456 views
Environment and Wildlife
2456 views

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the…

National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula
Cruises
2073 views
Cruises
2073 views

National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions ship makes first visit to Osa Peninsula

The Tico Times - December 8, 2017

National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions touched down for the first time on Costa Rica's renowned Osa Peninsula this week for…