There are no exceptions, not even your diplomatic status or employment authorization. The plan would be implemented in Q4 of 2022 and take the form of a 300 Baht fee that would be added to your inbound airfare. The governor of Thailand’s Tourism Authority announced that a portion of the expense will “be used to take care of tourists” because there have been occasions where travelers’ health insurance has not covered them. Entry and exit fees, though historically charged in Thailand, really have a negligible long-term effect on the number of persons using the turnstiles. However, because of its “poor timing” and the fact that it will be used as a kind of required insurance for up to 30 days, the new entry fee is already generating headlines in Thailand. Is Thailand the only country in the world to impose a tourism tax at the moment? There are still a lot of unresolved issues with it. Of course not. Thailand is getting ready to enact a 300 baht “tourist” entrance tax. It isn’t truly a tourist tax, though, as it applies to YOU and EVERY other foreign visitor to Thailand. Many countries already had tourist taxes in place, some of which were hard to locate (applied as value-added taxes, hotel taxes, or levies buried in other taxes), while others were more obvious (hidden in the inbound airfare). Many countries are making efforts to repair their seriously damaged tourism industries. Thailand and other countries that depend heavily on tourism for a portion of their GDP are especially eager to convince their visitors to come back. This time, though, they will also take out 300 baht before entering.
Let’s look at the global distribution of tourist fees. The list is by no means all-inclusive and serves only as an example.
Australia instead imposes a Goods and Services Tax on the bulk of its goods and services instead of a separate tourist tax. Visitors could receive a partial reimbursement of these taxes.
In Austria, there is a hotel tax that you must pay. In Vienna or Salzburg, you’ll increase each guest’s lodging cost by 3.02 percent (the locations of “The Sound of Music”). The tourism levy is also known as the Berherbergungsbeiträge and the Tourismusgesetz.
Each night that you stay in Belgium, you are required to pay a hotel tax. Each room in Antwerp and Bruges costs money. Prices vary in various parts of Brussels. Normally, it costs €7.50.
Bhutan has one of the highest tourism taxes in the world. The average daily charge for foreign visitors is about US$250 (€228) per person per day, a little less in the off-season. However, it includes all entrance fees in addition to lodging, domestic travel, a guide, and meals. It seems like a great offer!
Bulgaria charges a tourist tax of around €1.50 per nightly stay.
The majority of Caribbean islands charge travelers departure or hotel taxes.
From €13 in the Bahamas to €45 in Antigua & Barbuda, there are various tourist taxes. Additionally, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, and Croatia levy them.
In Croatia, there is a €1.33 tourism tax, however, it only applies in the summer.
Only in Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital is there a tourist tax of slightly less than €1.
Dubai and the UAE
The following fees may be levied by restaurants, lodging establishments, hotel flats, and resorts in the UAE: a 10% tax on the nightly rate, a 10% service charge, a 10% municipality fee, a 6–10% city tax, and a 10% tourism fee.
Hotels in Dubai charge a “Tourism Dirham Fee” of between US$2 and US$5 per room, per night of occupancy (for a maximum of 30 consecutive nights).
In France, the per-person hotel tax varies from $0.20 to approximately $4 per night.
There is what they call a “bed tax” in some of Germany’s larger cities, including Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Berlin, which equates to around 5% of your hotel bill.
Greece levies a roughly €4 lodging tax per room, per night.
Budapest’s hotel taxes only apply to 4% of the entire price.
Indonesian tourist fees, which average $10 per room per night, apply only to Bali.
Venice may introduce a tourism tax this year. Additionally, prices in Rome range from €3 to €7 per night, depending on the hotel’s design. Other well-known tourist spots levied their tariffs as well.
Visitors to Japan are required to pay an exit fee of roughly USD 8.
A flat-rate per-person accommodation tax of roughly $4 is levied by Malaysia per night.
The Nepal Tourism Board requires an USD 8.80 service fee from each departing traveler. With the addition of the new airport service tax, the base price of an airline ticket—excluding fare and fuel surcharges—will jump to US$62.
Visitors to the Land of the Long White Cloud must pay a $35 New Zealand tourism and conservation charge when they arrive. Australians are exempt.
In the Netherlands, a 7% hotel room tax is added to the cost of lodging.
In Portugal, any visitors older than 13 must pay a hotel fee. It costs about $2 and is only required for the first week of your visit.
If you make any purchases in Singapore as a visitor totaling more than S$100 (including Goods and Services Tax) at participating stores, you can claim a refund on the 7% GST you paid. It kind of gets difficult. Visitors must pay indirect taxes, some of which is refundable after departure.
In popular tourist destinations like Ljubljana and Bled, there is a $3 hotel charge.
You must pay the Sustainable Tourist Tax, which is assessed on lodging in Spain’s Balearic Islands if you are 16 years of age or older (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera). The charge might amount to US dollars per person, per night during the busiest times.
There are several different tourism taxes in Switzerland. As much as USD 2.20 per person per night can be charged.
The chancellor announced a variety of actions in reaction to the Covid-19 outbreak in July 2020, including a temporary 5 percent Value Added Tax surcharge on the majority of tourism- and hospitality-related firms.
There is a charge for hotel reservations made by visitors visiting the US. It is also known as an occupancy tax. In Houston, the highest rate—up to 17 percent—is imposed on a state-by-state basis.