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Everything you Need to know About Mexico Departure Tax

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Updated 12.02.2016

If you’ve Googled Mexico departure tax and you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re off to Mexico soon. So, we’re giving you a high five for picking one of our top destinations. So now you have booked and the countdown is on, it is time to look at the more practical side of your Mexico holiday, everything you need to know about Mexico departure tax.

What is a Departure Tax?

Departure tax is a fee charged to a person when leaving the country, in this case Mexico. Loads of countries have some sort of entry or exit tax but depending on your tour operator, this cost may be covered in the price of your ticket.

Below is a list of the main airlines used for holidays to Mexico but if you are unsure we always recommend checking.

British Airways – Included in the cost before you travel

Virgin – Included in the cost before you travel

Thomas Cook – Pre-payable when you pay your balance*

Thomson – Payable on departure from Mexico

What do I Have to do?

If you’re travelling from the UK, you will receive a tourist card on board the aircraft which will need to be completed before entering the country.

Top Tip – Make sure you have a pen handy because you often find there’s never enough to go around the full aircraft.

Do Children Have to Pay Departure Tax?

Yes. The rule is that everyone who has a seat on the aircraft must pay departure tax. If you’re travelling with an infant under the age of 2, providing they sit on your knee during the flight, then there will be no charge for this child.

What Happens if I Lose my Tourist Card?

You will be unable to leave Mexico as the card proves that you entered the country legally. Don’t worry, you won’t be forced to stay in Mexico sunning yourself and drinking tequila for the remainder of your days. You can fill out a form and pay a fee of 525 Mexican peso’s* at the Banamex Bank or pay at fine at the airport. This can be a real hassle so the best advice is to keep your tourist card safe with your passport.

*prices are subject to change.

What do I have to do When I Leave Mexico?

When you arrive at the airport proceed to the check-in desk, this is where you will pay your departure tax. But make sure you have the correct change as card payments are not accepted. The current cost is around 900 Mexican Peso’s – $65 (approx.), which is around £45.00. We also recommend that you check your tour operator for any updated charges as some tour operators now include the cost of your tourist card in the cost of your holiday.

Important – The departure tax is controlled locally and is subject to change without notice. Always check with your rep in resort for up to date information.

One thing’s for sure, once you have arrived in Mexico you’ll have an amazing holiday.

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* Thomas Cook now include departure tax in with the cost of your holiday, providing your holiday is flying with Thomas Cook and not a third party tour operator.

* Update 14.08.2018

If you’re travelling from May 2019 with TUI, your departure tax is included on all long haul destinations.