Taxes

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Taxes

Departure tax—separate from the $10 tourist card you must purchase on entering the country—is $20 and almost always included in the price of your ticket. The government tax (ITBIS) is a whopping 16% and is added to almost everything—bills at restaurants, hotels, sports activities, rental cars, and items at the supermercados that are not considered basic, including imports. It's not a VAT, as it's paid in addition to the price.

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