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Thomson Departure Tax

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Thomson Departure Tax

It's been a while since we travelled with Thomson and had to pay the dreaded departure tax ourselves. I know it is $40 but does anyone know what they will accept in pounds sterling?

Thanks

Mtwapa, Kenya
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1. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

I've never paid but understand from people who have that it can vary with the exchange rate, $40 was around £25 for quite a while but the £ has slipped recently so it should be around £26 or £27 (don't know if they accept coins or will round up or down to £30 or £25) you can also pay in shillings should be around 3,400 shillings.

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2. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Hello, I read somewhere that you are best to pay in US dollars, as for some reason if you pay in pounds then they are asking for £60?? If I can find the source I'll update this as I haven't been myself personally

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3. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Does this help??

thomson.co.uk/editorial/…departure-tax.html

We paid in $ last year I think

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4. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Thanks all. Sounds like it is best to get some dollars.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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5. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

I've never heard of anybody being charged £60, none of the people who have reported back on here have mentioned being asked for anything like that they have all said they paid the straight dollar equivalent. Have also searched the web and the above post was the only example I could find of £60, every other mention was for £25. So I would be interested to see the source if Gillian can find it.

Why bother buying dollars just for this, why not pay in shillings that you will be buying or withdrawing anyway?

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6. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Yes that sounds the best idea! It's just at the end of the holiday I always hang onto as many shillings as I can as proof to myself I will be coming back!!

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7. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

To avoid being reaped off just pay in dollars as they require, otherwise you will be given inflated exchange rates.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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8. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Travelhtt,

that is not what TA members have reported back on this forum, the vast majority of Thomson's UK package tour customers are unlikely to have any dollars, they are most likely to have Pounds, some may not even have any shillings

Edited: 3:29 am, April 24, 2013
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9. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

We normally pay in sterling or KHS and are even given change back if we do not have the correct amount.

Since the tax came in we have never used dollars and in fact never take dollars out with us.

Normallly English £ and around £200 in khs to keep us going when we arrive for tips etc until we get to a bank or forex.

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10. Re: Thomson Departure Tax

Sorry if I'm wrong about it being £60, I've found where I got it, I read it on someone's review of the Amani Tiwi Beach Resort. It was posted on the 4th April this year so obviously just took it as being someone's experience.