|By Greg & Lani Muelrath (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 6:44 pm:|
Attempted today to pay fees for Delta (SFO-AUA) frequent flier mile ticket. I thought the fee of $66 was a bit steep and the agent responded that $33 of the fare was for the entrance tax to Aruba. Me:"We're no going to Aruba. We'll be in transit to catch connecting flight to Bonaire." Agent:"Sorry, the entrance tax is locked in. You have to pay it." I didn't buy the ticket.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #5625) on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 7:02 pm:|
It's actually the Aruba departure tax, not entrance tax. And I don't think there's any way around it. However, when you leave Bonaire, instead of paying the $20 international departure tax per person, you can pay the cheaper (not sure how much it is) Aruba departure tax.
|By Margarite and Jim Hix (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2112) on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 7:47 pm:|
Greg I simply Googled " Aruba departure tax"
|By Greg & Lani Muelrath (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 9:49 pm:|
Hi Jimmy, and thanks for the info. If I interpreted the policy corrected, it states passengers in transit to and from Bonaire pay no tax in Aruba. This doesn't align with Jake's comment, so I double-checked the official website for Reina Beatrix Airport, and your info is accurate.
|By Margarite and Jim Hix (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2113) on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 8:20 am:|
Greg, I assume that you are "purchasing" a round trip ticket. No matter what they "call" the tax you are paying for, I would ask them for "proof" that you paid the tax, in a form that would satisfy Aruba that the "Departure Tax" had indeed been paid. I personally doubt Delta can provide this doucument. We fly DFW to Curacao, then CUR to BON. Even the small inter-island airline charges the PFC, which is not much, for flying from one island to another, this charge is part of the ticket price, at least this is my understanding. We also pay the Curacao PFC charge when leaving CUR for MIA. Although, that charge is much less than the Aruba PFC.
|By Jim Woodward (BonaireTalker - Post #69) on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 8:23 am:|
I used Delta miles to Aruba in July/August 04. No problem. I transited to Bonaire the same day on Bonaire Exel and paid no Aruba tax as part of my Delta tickee price or on the island.
|By John"Smack"Anderson (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1037) on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 7:34 am:|
My last three trips were through Aruba and I did not have to pay departure tax there, only the $20 tax leaving Bonaire. I was told I am considered "in transit" so the Aruba tax is waived. That was also written on my ticket. I would say the agent is wrong, by my experience.
Visit: The Bonaire WebCams - Current Bonaire images and weather!
The Bonaire Insider - the latest tourism news about Bonaire
The Bonaire Information Site, InfoBonaire
Search Bonaire - Search top Bonaire Web sites