$5 land and sea exit tax still in legislative hopper

One of the bills that has been put aside while lawmakers wrestled with the value-added tax plan is a proposal to charge anyone leaving Costa Rica by land or water $5. Air travelers already are assessed a $15arrival fee that usually is included in their airline ticket price.

Until now those crossing the border from Panamá or Nicaragua did not face a special tax.

Air travelers also have to pay a $26 departure tax. The amount was raised recently. So a family of four tourists now would pay $172 in airport taxes. Some of the money is designated for the civil aviation agency and also for the airport.

The proposed tax for marine visitors and those who leave by land would be just $5. The measure already has been sent to committee, and may surface after May 1.

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