All international travelers to the state of Quintana Roo including popular destinations like Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Bacalar are required to pay this new mandatory fee called Mexican visitax. In short, the Mexican visitax is a tourist tax that was introduced in April 2021 and is charged to all foreign tourists staying more than one day in any accommodation establishment in Quintana Roo such as hotels, resorts, villas, condos, home rentals, etc.
Guests can easily make this payment online through the official VISITAX website, with just a few easy steps including name, email, nationality, passport number, and travel dates. After making a secure payment with a credit card, visitors will receive an electronic receipt with a QR code which must be shown to airport security when departing the state of Quintana Roo before boarding their departure flight. Alternatively, travelers can also make this payment at the many tourist booths set up around Cancun and at the airport.
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It is important to note that Mexican citizens and residents, as well as children under the age of 4 are exempt from paying this VISITAX tourist tax. Also, the VISITAX is not included in your hotel or airline booking and must be paid separately from other fees and taxes. While this adds just a little bit more hassle to travel in Mexico, it is important to know and understand as you continue planning your next trip to the Yucatan Peninsula.