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What it Costs to Leave SXM #210533
12/04/2019 05:10 PM
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I have not looked at the fine print on a ticket of late and see the departure fee/tax is now $39 in addition to other fees.

Sint Maarten Airport Improvement Fee $5.50
Sint Maarten Airport Departure Tax SXM $39.00
Sint Maarten Passenger Screening Fee $11.82

And about another $41 in taxes/fees coming back into the US.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210534
12/04/2019 05:13 PM
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That is what shows on our tickets too.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210536
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For our very first trip in 1973 the departure tax was a whopping big $2.00 per person. Onward and upward!😊😊


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: pat] #210539
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Our first stay wasn’t until 1991, and I can’t recall how much the departure tax was, but I do seem to remember paying it upon departure versus having it added to the price of the ticket. I think I’m remembering correctly.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: thesimpsons] #210540
12/04/2019 07:41 PM
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Yes. Paying on departure is the way it was in the past many years ago. Not know on the major airlines.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: thesimpsons] #210546
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Yes, that is how it used to be. Our first stay over was 1993 and I think it was either $3 or $5 then and you paid it at a window at the airport.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210557
12/04/2019 11:15 PM
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And now they hope that you just don't notice it, as it is part of all the other fees and taxes on your tickets... frown

Sneak it in on ya.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: BeachKitten] #210559
12/04/2019 11:31 PM
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No sneak. Just convenient to not have to pay at another booth at airport like before.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: BeachKitten] #210565
12/05/2019 07:20 AM
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Yes, pretty much as you stated but it is better to not have to go to various places to pay each tax. This was on a one way from SXM to DAY, just under $100 in taxes, and another $40 or so to depart the US.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210586
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Those charges have been that way for quite a few years.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210661
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Originally Posted by ruralcarrier
Yes, pretty much as you stated but it is better to not have to go to various places to pay each tax. This was on a one way from SXM to DAY, just under $100 in taxes, and another $40 or so to depart the US.


Back in the "old" airport, one of us would go to the tax window (praying we had enough cash left! lol) and the other would wait in line to check-in with the airline. Always worked.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210673
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Please bring back 2013 when our dollar was par with USD! mad Here’s the charges (one ticket) for our flight in Canadian $ out of Toronto

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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: OllieEh] #210674
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Wow, guess we should not whine about US taxes, huh??


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210676
12/06/2019 02:57 PM
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plus 25% extra for accommodations, plus 25% extra for groceries, plus 25% extra for alcohol, plus 25% extra for dinners out...

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: OllieEh] #210679
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Originally Posted by OllieEh
plus 25% extra for accommodations, plus 25% extra for groceries, plus 25% extra for alcohol, plus 25% extra for dinners out...

But, Canada does have some decent flights from many areas if that is any consolation.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210694
12/06/2019 10:05 PM
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Maybe my last visit this past November. Those fees are ridiculous

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: BeachKitten] #210704
12/07/2019 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by BeachKitten
Originally Posted by ruralcarrier
Yes, pretty much as you stated but it is better to not have to go to various places to pay each tax. This was on a one way from SXM to DAY, just under $100 in taxes, and another $40 or so to depart the US.


Back in the "old" airport, one of us would go to the tax window (praying we had enough cash left! lol) and the other would wait in line to check-in with the airline. Always worked.

Same way to us too.

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: JoeC047] #210707
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And this is what it costs to come back to the US. Roughly $41 in my case. Around $100, give or take, on a single ticket.

United States Immigration User Fee $7.00
United States Customs User Fee $5.89
United States APHIS Passenger Fee Passengers $3.96
US International Arrival Tax $18.60
United States Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fee $5.60


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210723
12/07/2019 09:32 AM
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I believe it's over $300 in taxes and fees to fly from London to the US

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: JoeC047] #210725
12/07/2019 09:36 AM
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Joe--gotta say, there might be a lot of reasons why a person would stop coming to SXM. The cost of the taxes on the ticket to me, no way should be one of them, compared to the cost of the rest of the trip, literal pennies in the bucket..


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: Tonythepilot] #210726
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No idea but it would not surprise me.

I just did a quick check, flying from Heathrow to where I live and the taxes/surcharges converted to about $323.00 on a 1 way ticket.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210727
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..which amounts to LESS than a one way ticket to SXM from there. Something is wrong with that picture...


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: ruralcarrier] #210729
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My point was that the SXM departure tax could be a lot worse

Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: Carol_Hill] #210731
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I picked some random dates and got a round trip fare from LHR to SXM (with return) of $729 total. Of this amount the actual fare is around $145 with the balance being taxes and fees. Pretty amazing considering that is about what I just paid for air I booked. One way from LHR to SXM was substantially higher.


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Re: What it Costs to Leave SXM [Re: Tonythepilot] #210732
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Originally Posted by Tonythepilot
My point was that the SXM departure tax could be a lot worse

True. One either wants to go and pays the price or they choose not to. I had not looked at the fare breakdown for a couple of trips and did not realize SXM was now $39.


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