Jamaica piles on new air and hotel taxes

By Gay Nagle Myers
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.

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