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Departure Tax

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Departure Tax

Hi all... our family are traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia this month. My question is: we are doing a side trip to Siem Reap from Saigon before returning to Vietnam... shall we have to pay international departure taxes twice? ie: when we leave to go to Cambodia and then again when we leave to go back to Australia? I hope not.. the multiple entry visas alone were crminally expensive (A$120 per adult, A$100 for kids).

Thanks one and all for their help.

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1. Re: Departure Tax

departure taxes are inbuilt into your air tickets so you should not be paying as you leave any longer.

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The good news is that you don't have to pay the Vietnam airport tax when you fly out... assuming that you bought the tickets not too long ago. The bad news is that you already have paid for it.. twice... @ USD 14.00 a pop.

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Barrattt,

It would appear that most booking companies out of Australia are now including the VN departure Tax----This is not necessarily the case for people booking from other countries---it would appear that some countries agents are not necessarily doing this ---So, it is always worthwhile asking when making the booking---the payment booths still exist!

plover

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Thanks one and all for the info.... fingers crossed that it's already paid. When we take our annual trip to Bali we always have to allow that 100,00 Rp per person on our way out. Thought it might be the same in VN.

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plover.. do you think that it works a bit like in Thailand when they changed the system from "passenger pays as they leave" to "passengers pay when they buy the ticket"?

So that tickets bought before a certain time didn't have the tax included.. but that tickets bought after a certain time did?. I flew out of Vietnam early June and again late July.. and both times was the tax included (I bought the tickets first week in June).

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Hi Mose,

The inclusion of the departure tax on a ticket bought in OZ has only been something that happened in the last 12 months ---I , flew into VN in May and again in June---I bought my May entry ticket in February 2007 in OZ---I bought my June entry ticket in Singapore at the VN airline agent in Singapore the day before I left for VN----I paid no Departure Tax on both tickets.

However I have just made a quick trip to VN for 10 days and arrived home yesterday ( flying SIA)---I had the departure tax in my ticket.

I noticed the booths still existed and were getting patronage----so some countries / agents( ? ) are not including the tax!----I will be back again in November and again in January for 6 months so I will try and clear this up at some time.

There seemed to be a " cut off " date last year when this happened----still a little confusing!

confusing thoughts

plover

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yes... that does sound very confusing, plover.... I guess whichever way.. we only pay it once.. :-)... either at time of ticketting or at time of departure... but one would have thought there would be a cutoff date to work with... thanks for your comment anyhow:-)

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The P always confuses me. I bet in the west some somewhere people still need to check.

In my case in April and May I didn’t pay any departure tax in both Bangkok and HCMC.

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Does it actually say on your ticket that departure tax is payed, or is it a separate ticket?????

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No it doesn't clearly state the airport tax.. there is no amount printed or any code that looks like USD 14.00.. I actually took a look at my (paper) picket before I replyed to the question.... I guess the travel agent and the gate or boarding agent would be able to tell you. I also presume it would show up in the "detail" if we book on line.