Cayman Islands' air departure tax to double

NEW YORK -- The Cayman Islands' departure tax for air passengers has doubled from $10 to $20 per person and will take effect once the new law is officially published.

The increase does not affect the cruise ship departure tax. A government spokesman said that a portion of the new tax will be earmarked for an environmental protection fund.

The increase puts the Cayman Islands' exit tax at about the same level as other Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

Aruba currently charges the highest exit tax of $34.25; Saba and St. Eustatius charge the lowest tax of $10 each.

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