Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Departure Fee Clarification

It seems there really are people reading this thing and I wanted to clarify a couple of things on the departure tax.

You have to pay whether you're flying one-way or round-trip. The increase doesn't hit until Dec 1st. So here's the deal:

If you're traveling in November, you will be checking in and then will go to the departure fee window. If you're a resident (even if only temporary - like on a work permit), you'll pay $50EC/$19US.  If you're a non-resident, you'll pay $60EC/$22US.  Then you get to proceed to security and wait in another line.

If traveling in December, we'll all get to enjoy paying $100EC/$37US.  The breakdown is as follows:

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT TAX $22.00USD
AIRPORT AUTHORITY TAXES  $12.00USD
AIRPORT PASSENGER TAXES   $3.00USD

All tickets purchased since November 11th for December travel should already include this fee (although I think for now we're just talking about LIAT flights; the rest of the airlines should start following suit soon). If it is on your ticket, you get to bypass the window and save some time.

If you've already bought a ticket for December travel and the fees aren't on your ticket, I'm not sure what exactly you'll run into. They'll likely have the dreaded window available until the backlog is cleared out (or they'll close it and just not charge - wouldn't that be luck?). Just be prepared to pay a fee to leave - and have $20-$40US on you so you don't find yourself "stuck" here.

By the way, I got my info from Karen Warner at Trafalgar Travel (Facebook Group), so if you have any other questions about travel or want to make reservations, she's your go-to gal.