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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 05:39 AM
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Costa Rica airport tax now $28

An increase of $2 as of Nov. 1.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 06:44 AM
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This, the obscene traffic ticket fines (seemingly singled out for non-CR drivers), tourism taxes, among other things, could serve to kill the golden goose of tourism. In a global bad economy, these are very bad moves, IMO.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 03:01 PM
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I do not think anyone will be burdened by the $2.00 increase ,
it is just that at this time it leaves a bit of a bad taste in your mouth.

All governments are trying to balance their spending on the tax payers..since we are a bottomless pit
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 04:10 PM
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We just paid $40 per person exit tax from Panama. Most airlines include it in the ticket price but Taca does not. Taxes are a fact of life.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 05:41 PM
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Thanks for the update, Jeff.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 07:49 PM
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Yes, you sure pay a lot more than $28 to the U.S. in air taxes, but it's included in the price of the ticket, so we don't see it in the same way we do when leaving Cotsa Rica. I don't understand why Costa Rica can't do that. Back when there were three tiers of taxes (citizens, residents, tourists) I could understand airlines and travel agencies not being able to collect the tax, but now everybody pays the same amount.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 08:00 PM
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I agree with you, Percy, about the "bad taste," although I've paid the tax so many times it doesn't bother me. It's sort of the last thing you have to do before leaving Costa Rica: forking over that money. I can see where someone would feel nickled and dimed.

I remember when you used to have to buy $26 worth of the tax stamps and they pasted them in your passport. A trip to Costa Rica used up a lot of space in your passport. They don't do that any longer.
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Old Nov 21st, 2011, 10:05 PM
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Guys. Tourism died in CR about three years ago. Have fun in Nicaragua.Nicaragua is a picture of CR 20 years back.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 05:09 AM
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I disagree with that statement. I think tourism was perhaps ill in Costa Rica three years ago because of the collapse of the world financial markets, but it was ill in Nicaragua and everywhere else too. Both places are making a comeback after the lackluster year of 2009.

Don't get me wrong. I love going to Nicaragua precisely because it is so different than visiting Costa Rica. It has attractions that Costa Rica doesn't have (and vice-versa too). Yet in terms of infrastructure and tourism numbers, Costa Rica leaves Nicaragua far behind.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica - Completely different countries in every way even 20 years ago. Both worth a visit, but tough for me to compare the 2... I prefer CR myself, that's why I live here, but these days looking at Panama as an alternative as things degrade in CR.

Time will tell...
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Old Nov 22nd, 2011, 09:07 PM
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incabod, would you explain what you mean by "as things degrade in CR"?

Jeff, thanks. We like to have the exact money ready. It would simplify things to pay the tax as part of the airfare.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2011, 04:55 AM
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We were pleasantly surprised when we went to Belize and tried to pay the airport tax, and they told us it was already taken care of in our airfare ticket.
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Old Nov 29th, 2011, 03:24 PM
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I think incabod is seeing the same downward spiral the rest of us living in CR are seeing. During the time that I've lived here full time (going on 10 years this Jan) the country has changed dramatically. Tourists don't see it or simply aren't exposed to much of the day to day problems of increased crime, choking traffic and rising cost of living and a plethora of other changes taking place ... It been sad to see such a beautiful country filled with such beautiful people fall apart... I love Costa Rica and don't want to leave but am seriously considering it as well.
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Old Nov 29th, 2011, 04:53 PM
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I agree that visitors never see the Costa Rica that those of us who live here do. I've traveled enough, though, to know that the grass is not necessarily greener somehwere else. I've sat in with enough groups of expats in other countries (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico) to know that the conversation always turns to "Things are not the same as they were when we came here." It doesn't matter what the country is. That's where the discussion always steers. The problems in Costa Rica are real, but when I hear some of the stories that foreigners in other Latin American countries tell, Costa Rica doesn't seem quite so bad.
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Old Nov 29th, 2011, 07:07 PM
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We paid $30 at the hotel, and $26 of that was for the fee. I had to pay $60 in Peru for a fake vaccination card to be able to leave Peru to go to Costa Rica so at least the airport fee is posted and legal!
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Old Nov 30th, 2011, 09:36 AM
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If you charge this fee with a credit card they will treat it as a cash advance and it will cost you whatever your bank charges for cash advance ($10-ish???). So don't do that.
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Old Nov 30th, 2011, 09:37 AM
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This week I just found out that Costa Ricans pay $44 for the airport tax, I don't see it posted but that's what a resident said....
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Old Dec 17th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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And a few weeks later I found out that was incorrect, she paid the same amount as me when she was flying to the US. She thinks maybe it was more in the past? (a few years ago).
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Old Dec 17th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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It used to be a three-tiered tax: 1) foreign tourists; 2) Costa Rican citizens; 3) foreign residents. Everybody went to $26 about 8-10 years ago. Now it's $28 as of Nov. 1.
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Old Dec 20th, 2011, 12:28 PM
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Forgive me, everyone, but when you pay this exit tax - is it in cash? US$?
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