Hi, travelling from England, is it best to take US dollars or Mexican peso's - mainly to be used for tipping and to purchase a couple of excursions. I understand the departure tax has to be paid in Peso's, is this correct? Many thanks in advance, Carrie
Please bring pesos, as that is the currency of Mexico. Especially if you are using them for tips; it is so NOT true that pesos aren't valuable (?!), wow, to the person who answered that. It is not fair to the workers who have to go spend their precious day off lining up at a bank and go through all the hassle of exchanging those US bills when they could go buy groceries, etc directly with their families. Always bring the currency of the country that you are in, it's just common sense !
The amount changes with exchange rate but you should get an email from your rep with amount just before you travel. Can pay in peso dollar or gbp
Mexican peso were best when we was there. And the tax can be paid in a variety of different currency but peso's were the cheapest way.
If you’ve Googled Mexico departure tax and you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re off to Mexico soon. So, we’re giving you a high five for picking one of our top destinations. So now you have booked and the countdown is on, it is time to look at the more practical side of your Mexico holiday, everything you need to know about Mexico departure tax.
What is a Departure Tax?
Departure tax is a fee charged to a person when leaving the country, in this case Mexico. Loads of countries have some sort of entry or exit tax but depending on your tour operator, this cost may be covered in the price of your ticket.
Below is a list of the main airlines used for holidays to Mexico but if you are unsure we always recommend checking.
British Airways – Included in the cost before you travel
Virgin – Included in the cost before you travel
Thomas Cook – Pre-payable when you pay your balance*
Thomson – Payable on departure from Mexico
What do I Have to do?
If you’re travelling from the UK, you will receive a tourist card on board the aircraft which will need to be completed before entering the country.
Top Tip – Make sure you have a pen handy because you often find there’s never enough to go around the full aircraft.
Do Children Have to Pay Departure Tax?
Yes. The rule is that everyone who has a seat on the aircraft must pay departure tax. If you’re travelling with an infant under the age of 2, providing they sit on your knee during the flight, then there will be no charge for this child.
What Happens if I Lose my Tourist Card?
You will be unable to leave Mexico as the card proves that you entered the country legally. Don’t worry, you won’t be forced to stay in Mexico sunning yourself and drinking tequila for the remainder of your days. You can fill out a form and pay a fee of 525 Mexican peso’s* at the Banamex Bank or pay at fine at the airport. This can be a real hassle so the best advice is to keep your tourist card safe with your passport.
*prices are subject to change.
What do I have to do When I Leave Mexico?
When you arrive at the airport proceed to the check-in desk, this is where you will pay your departure tax. But make sure you have the correct change as card payments are not accepted. The current cost is around 900 Mexican Peso’s – $65 (approx.), which is around £45.00. We also recommend that you check your tour operator for any updated charges as some tour operators now include the cost of your tourist card in the cost of your holiday.
Important – The departure tax is controlled locally and is subject to change without notice. Always check with your rep in resort for up to date information.
One thing’s for sure, once you have arrived in Mexico you’ll have an amazing holiday.
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* Thomas Cook now include departure tax in with the cost of your holiday, providing your holiday is flying with Thomas Cook and not a third party tour operator.
Hi, you can take either peso's or American dollars. We paid for everything including tips in peso's. The airport tax can be paid in peso's, dollars, or the pound, it does not matter which.
Hope this is helpful. Happy holiday☀️
There isn't a departure tax in Mexico anymore - we weren't charged it and our tour rep told us it had been discontinued. The recommendation from our own tourist agency and their rep in Mexico was to take pesos. Our experience was that they wanted pesos more because they had to go and line up at their bank to change the American dollars and the exchange rate was terrible. Unfortunately we were told by some Mexican friends that because of the difficult political situation between the US and Mexico that it is not always the best thing to be identified as an American. I don't think this is the case at any of the resorts but the street vendors etc. may be a different story. We have been to Mexico more than a dozen times and have never had a single problem, the Mexican people are warm and welcoming.
Tipping in dollars is best as pesos are not very valuable to them unless you give them a couple hundreds. Dollars are also best for purchasing excursions as the prices are marked in dollars. However, you should take extra pesos if you plan on purchasing things during excursions or at gift shops as they mainly ask for pesos. Also, keep in mind that the exchange rate may seem like a lot but tourist destinations know this and average out the price so it'll seem like you're paying a lot, like a magnet for 60 pesos, when in reality is technically £3.
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