|By Cathy Forehand (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Friday, July 25, 2008 - 12:59 pm:|
Last July when we were here, we paid our dep. tax at the airport a few days before leaving. Yesterday we went to the airport to pay and the girl said it has to be done after you get your boarding pass and cannot be done unless it's the same day you are leaving. Had not seen any posts about this change, and when we questioned her about it, she acted like she did not understand fully what we were saying. Does anyone know why in the world they would make this so difficult by not allowing you to come by in advance and pay?
|By RA. I'm stylin now (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2826) on Friday, July 25, 2008 - 1:03 pm:|
Cathy, it seems to depend on who is working in the tax booth. Some people have been able to pay prior to having a boarding pass and others were not.
|By Vince DePietro (Bellevue Bonaire Condo ) (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1594) on Friday, July 25, 2008 - 4:20 pm:|
Cathy..Believe it or not, a lot of things on Bonaire are difficult to get done. Things just don't work the way they do back home. I think it has something to do with the sun.
|By Rog & Karen ~ guess where we are? (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #599) on Friday, July 25, 2008 - 8:11 pm:|
Cathy, we were able to buy our departure tax today for tomorrow AM Continental departure... the gals at Belmar were really surprised when I told them.
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6878) on Friday, July 25, 2008 - 10:44 pm:|
We did not have to present boarding passes on JUne 8 when we departed this year. Paid the tax while the "other half" stood in the check in line. Paid for two people when one of us was not even at the booth. I guess it depends on how things are going in line and who is in the booth, as RA commented. The sun, for sure! Have fun! cb
|By michael gaynor (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3257) on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 11:12 am:|
The official word from BIA is that the tax is to be collected with presentation of boarding pass. That being said...I have heard many different scenarios...I guess it is the luck of the draw..now with the new JFK/BON flight, it will be interesting to see how many more lines it will take until the system can be streamlined. I imagine once the airport gets finished with all the construction, they will take time to find out how to relieve congestion.
|By Carole B. (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6885) on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 12:31 pm:|
One can only hope,Michael!! We're on the "maiden" flight down and back ( I guess) with Delta in December. We're the guinea pigs, I guess, LOL. No problem, THAT kind of "test" I will gladly partake in! Carole
|By Cathy Forehand (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:58 am:|
So when we left Saturday a.m. the gal in the booth said the rule had been changed in January 08 so that you had to have your boarding pass to pay the tax. That was the story Saturday, YMMV. ha.
|By Yo MO - Meet me at the 3Day in Atlanta (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3895) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 1:16 pm:|
And I know we've talked about this before but I don't recall ever reading if anyone knew WHY you now have to have your boarding pass before paying your departure tax. Could it be an issue of changing the tax on a regular basis (I know this is not the case just trying to think of reasons why) or to ensure that you are purchasing a departure tax for the correct area/country? Isn't the tax different if you are flying to say Curacao versus the US or Europe?
|By ***Boat Chick*** (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6152) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 2:30 pm:|
YoMo, the word from the airport officials was they wanted to assure that ALL travelers paid the departure tax...
|By Yo MO - Meet me at the 3Day in Atlanta (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3905) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:04 pm:|
Hmm - I don't see how that works any differently. If you pay AFTER you get your boarding pass but no one checks it then why is it different. Oh this is just WAY too confusing.
|By Brad Ford (BonaireTalker - Post #28) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:08 pm:|
I can conceive of no scenario (except arrive by plane - depart some other way)where it makes any difference when you pay your departure tax.
|By Tom Schamp (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #130) on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:12 pm:|
Life would be a LOT simpler if we (the US) would just ANNEX many of the more popular Caribbean islands.
|By ralph (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 3:18 pm:|
We paid our departure tax on July 26th in the a.m for our flight out July 27th. No questions asked. When we got in line on the 27th we told the people behind us to go pay their taxes before they even started to check people in and they had no problem getting it done.
|By Brian* (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4017) on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 4:06 am:|
|By Dave Goodwin (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #315) on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 9:14 am:|
|By Brian* (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4018) on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 10:14 am:|
|By Jan Klos - ( Hamlet Bonaire ) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #702) on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:23 pm:|
There are different departure tax rates, depending on where your next flight lands. However, when you left Aruba for the states, you paid a full Aruban departure tax. It might have been included with your airfare. Also if you land in Aruba and continue on to Bonaire, you pay their interisland rate as well. Many of the Carribean Islands departure taxes are paid by the airlines. Sure makes it a simpler process for the traveler.
|By Brad Ford (BonaireTalker - Post #29) on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 5:02 pm:|
Jan, you very probably are right regarding the taxes embedded in the ticket and such. I will shout from the roof tops that I don't understand why/how/how much. I know I was prepared to pay the full amount in Bonaire, and would rather pay bonaire than aruba, but it really doesn't matter much to me.
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