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Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

London
posts: 59
Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

Hi there,

Sadly, our trip comes to an end this week and we'll be making our way home from San Jose airport on Wednesday. I understand that the departure tax is currently $29, is that correct? Also, is it possible to pay it in a mix of dollars and colones, or does it have to be just one currency or the other? I know they take cards but I'd prefer to pay cash.

Thanks in advance!

A

Costa Rica
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reviews: 23
1. Re: Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

Yes, it's $29.

Every time I have paid it, you could use a mixture of dollars and colones. However, the last time I paid it (Liberia airport in February), the lady said... "No... one or the other." So I don't know if it was just her or if this is something new.

Edited: 9:23 pm, April 21, 2013
Barrie, Canada
posts: 1,672
reviews: 33
2. Re: Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

Yes you can do a mix, but at SJO it really doesn't matter because there is a real bank right beside the counter where you can exchange your leftover colones to US dollars at a fair rate.

London
posts: 59
3. Re: Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

Thanks both!

San Jose, Costa Rica
Destination Expert
for Costa Rica
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4. Re: Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

No problema you can mix the two currency...I have had do it a number of times!

roadadvisorj

5. Re: Departure tax - mixed currency payment possible?

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