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New $20 Tax for Visiting Venezuela is Hardly a Breath of Fresh Air

Where: Venezuela
July 29, 2014 at 7:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

It might not be the destination of the summer, but there’s plenty of people heading to and through Venezuela. The country is hardly rolling out the welcome mat for those visiting the airport, as their latest airport tax is a little less than enjoyable.

Beginning earlier this month travel from Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport got a little more expensive, as the country’s government started levying a new tax on those arriving at the airport. It’s kind of an air tax—like for breathing the air—and it will set you back 127 bolivars, which is about $20, or so.

The fee is helping to offset the new air handling system just installed at the airport that uses a number of things—including a little ozone—to make the air inside the terminal so fresh and so clean. Officials claim that the fancy pants stuff will help cut down on bacterial growth to protect those heading through the airport. Opponents will likely claim otherwise!

That’s all fine and well, but it sounds like the airport should prioritize some of their other pending problems instead. It’s kind of unfortunate that this is now in place, but in another way it’s a little funny and expected from a spot like Venezuela. Just be sure to save some cash for your trip out of town.

[Photo: Marcio Cabral de Moura]

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