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It is a tax introduced by governments to reduce over-tourism and create income from the large numbers of travelers entering the destination. Why should you care? Because the tax is coming out of your back pocket!
Do I need to pay the fee every time I enter these countries?
Yes, however, the cost is often included in the accommodation price.
Now that that is out of the way, let's get to the juicy part. Which countries are introducing this tax, and which countries already have it:
Valencia in Spain will impose a tourist tax in 2024
In Italy, Venice will begin charging tourists a fee in 2024
A tourist tax will be imposed on travelers visiting Bali from February 14th, 2024
Starting in 2025, the EU will begin implementing a new tourist visa, in which non-EU citizens traveling from outside the Schengen zone will need to fill out a €7 ($7.48) application to enter the country.
Austria: the cost of tourist tax is typically added onto your accommodation, and is around 3.2% in Vienna.
Belgium: in Brussels, the tourist tax is usually below $2.72, and it's added to your accommodation cost, but it varies from city to city.
Bhutan: has a whopping daily Sustainable Development Fee of $200 for adults. 😱
Bulgaria: tourist tax in Bulgaria varies on destination and hotel standard, but it is usually below $1.74.
Caribbean Islands: most Caribbean islands charge tourist tax, and the price ranges depending on the island – in St Lucia, for example, it is around 8%, whereas in the Dominican Republic, it is 18%- something to keep in mind!
Croatia: the cost of a tourist tax in Croatia depends on the season you are traveling in and where you are staying, but it's around $1.33 per day.
Czech Republic: in Prague, tourist tax typically costs around CZK 50 per night (around $2.18).
France: here, the tourist tax is based on where you stay, but the standard cost is between $1.07 and $2.67 per night.
Germany: it varies from city to city – in Berlin, the standard tourist tax is 5% of the accommodation price.
Greece: the price you pay in Greece depends on the standard and size of your accommodation; usually, $4.28 per night maximum.
Hungary: travelers should expect to pay 4% of the cost of accommodation per night.
Italy: depending on the city the tourist tax can be between $2.14 and $7.48 per night.
Japan: if you travel to Japan, expect to pay 100 and 500 yen (between $0.74 and $3.68) in tourist tax.
Malaysia: in 2023, the cost of tourist tax across Malaysia is $4.27 per night.
New Zealand: travelers visiting New Zealand have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) which costs NZD 35 ($23)
Portugal: charges tourist tax in 13 cities, including Lisbon and Porto. The cost is $2.14 per night.
Thailand: the expected tourist tax for travelers visiting Thailand is around $9.
The Netherlands: Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most expensive places for tourist tax – currently the rate states at 7% of accommodation price plus a flat rate of €3 ($3.20)per person per night
Switzerland: the price of tourist tax here varies depending on the destination, and it's around $2.35 per person per night.
Slovenia: again, the rate changes from destination to destination (higher in cities than in more rural areas), but generally the cost is around €3 ($3.20)
Spain: several cities in Spain have recently decided to raise the price of tourist tax, and other cities are in discussions about following suit. In Barcelona, the fee is €4 ($427), whereas in the Balearic Islands, the fee is between €1 ($1.07).