Caribbean Jamaica piles on new air and hotel taxes By Gay Nagle Myers / June 25, 2012 Share 1 -- Jamaica will hit visitors with two new taxes this summer. All international arriving visitors will be required to pay a new $20 arrival tax, effective Aug. 1. This is in addition to a $20 arrival tax that took effect last October and a departure tax that is 1800 Jamaican dollars (about $20), meaning that visitors arriving by air will soon pay $60 just to visit Jamaica. The new tax will be rolled into the price of the airline ticket, just like the two existing air taxes. A new accommodations tax, effective Sept. 1, is set at $4 per room, per night for hotels with more than 100 guestrooms. The tax is $2 per room, per night for hotels with 51 to 100 rooms, and $1 for hotels with up to 50 rooms. Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.