PARIS – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the travel industry is struggling to rebound in the face of restrictions and closures. Countries that relied heavily on tourism in the past are particularly struggling.
As a result, some have resorted to the introduction of a next “tourist tax” in 2022.
But many places already have tourist taxes in place and if you’ve traveled abroad you’ve probably paid one before. You may never have noticed it, as it sometimes carries over to airline tickets or the taxes you pay at your hotel.
Euronews has done all the research, so here’s everything you need to know about which countries you have to pay to enter.
Thailand introduces tourist tax in 2022
Thailand would introduce a tourist tax of 300 baht (€8) from April.
The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand told Reuters that part of the fee “was used to take care of tourists” as there were times when health insurance did not cover them.
It will also help fund new developments of tourist attractions, such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Venice will introduce a tourist tax in 2022
Venice may soon start charging tourists who visit from summer 2022.
Italian newspaper La Stampa reported in August that several measures had been proposed to control tourist numbers, such as an online reservation system. But more efforts need to be made to reduce the number, including entry fees into the city.
The proposed levy would vary between €3 and €10, depending on whether it is low or high season.
The EU introduces a tourist tax in 2022
By the end of 2022, non-EU citizens, including Americans, Australians, Britons and other travelers from outside the Schengen area, will need to complete a €7 application to enter.
Those under 18 or over 70 will not have to pay a fee.
Many countries have already implemented a tourist tax, for various reasons. For some, it’s about trying to curb tourist numbers and prevent overtourism.
For others, it’s almost like a sustainability tax on every visitor. The money from these taxes is used to maintain tourist facilities and protect natural resources.
In Austria, you pay accommodation tax for the night, which varies depending on the province you are in. In Vienna or Salzburg you will pay an extra 3.02% on the hotel bill per person. The tourist tax is also known as Tourismusgesetz and Berherbergungsbeiträge.
The tourist tax in Belgium also applies to accommodation, for each night you stay there. The fee is sometimes included in the price of the hotel room, but some separate the cost and make it extra, so you should check your bill carefully. Antwerp and Bruges charge a rate per room. The rate in Brussels varies according to the size and classification of the hotel. Usually it’s around €7.50.
While in most countries tourist taxes are less than around €20, Bhutan’s tax is very high in comparison. The minimum daily rate for most foreigners is: $250 (€228) per person per day in high season and slightly less in low season. But it covers a lot, including accommodation, in-country transportation, a guide, food, and entrance fees.
Bulgaria applies a tourist tax on overnight stays. It is very low and varies by area and hotel classification — up to around €1.50.
Most Caribbean islands have resort taxes added to the cost of the hotel or a departure fee. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and -Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands all have some form of visitor fee. Fees range from €13 in the Bahamas to €45 in Antigua and Barbuda.
Croatia increased its tourist tax in 2019. The increased rate, however, only applies during the high season in summer. Visitors pay around 10 kuna (€1.33) per person per night.
You only have to pay tourist tax in the Czech Republic when you visit the capital, Prague. It is very small (less than €1) and paid per person, per night, up to 60 nights. The tax does not apply to children under 18.
There is a “tourist tax” to be paid in France. It is added to your hotel bill and varies depending on the city you are in. Rates range from €0.20 to around €4 per person per night. Tourist hotspots like Paris and Lyon use the money to maintain tourist infrastructure.
Germany has what they call a “culture tax” (a kulturförderabgabe), as well as a “bed tax” (a bettensteuer), in cities like Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. The charge is approximately 5% of your hotel bill.
The tourist tax in Greece is based on the star rating of the hotel or the number of rooms you rent. This can go up to €4 per room. It was introduced by the Greek Ministry of Tourism to help reduce the country’s debt.
Tourist taxes in Hungary only apply in Budapest. Travelers must pay an additional 4% each night based on their room rate.
Resort taxes in Indonesia only apply in Bali. In 2019, a new law stipulates that foreign visitors to the Indonesian island must pay a fee of around €9. Revenue from the tax would be directed to programs that help preserve the environment and Balinese culture.
Tourist taxes in Italy depend on where you are. Venice could introduce its own tax in the summer of 2022. Meanwhile, Rome’s fees range from €3 to €7 per night depending on room type, but some smaller towns charge more.
In Japan, it is a departure tax. Visitors to Japan pay 1,000 yen (around €8) when leaving the country. The official tourism website says the small tax makes “a significant difference” to the economy.
Malaysian tourist tax is a flat rate and applies per night of stay. It’s not much more than about 4€ a night.
Many tourists, people on working holidays and some students and workers coming to New Zealand must pay an International Conservation and Tourism Tax (IVL) upon arrival. But Australians are exempt. It’s NZ$35, or about €21.
The Netherlands has a land tourist tax and a water tourist tax. In Amsterdam, this represents 7% of the cost of a hotel room. This is called toeristenbelasting.
Portugal’s low tourist tax is paid per night per person and only applies to guests 13 years and older. It’s around 2€. You only have to pay it for the first seven days of your stay.
The tourist tax in Slovenia varies depending on the location and classification of the hotel. It is slightly higher in major cities and resorts, including Ljubljana and Bled — around €3.
If you go to Ibiza or Majorca, you will have to pay a tourist tax. The sustainable tourist tax, which applies to holiday accommodation in the Spanish Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera), also applies to every holidaymaker aged 16 or over. In high season, the tax can reach up to €4 per night.
The tourist tax in Switzerland varies by location. The cost is per night and per person and is approximately €2.20. Accommodation quotes usually don’t include tourist tax – it’s shown as a separate amount, so it’s easier to track. And this only applies to stays of less than 40 days.
A hotel tax or lodging tax for travelers who rent accommodation is charged in most of the United States. It is also called tourist tax. Fees apply to hotels, motels and inns. The higher rate would be paid in Houston, with a 17% tax on your hotel bill. —Euronews