The Bahamas government has instituted new aviation taxes: $50 for arriving private aircraft and $75 in and $75 out for commercial operators. This tax, labled a “processing fee” for General Declaration forms, also applies for technical fuel stops.
“Departure taxes do not apply for a fuel stop, although I received reports this year of some Out Island customs officers charging the fee,” reports Jim Parker at Caribbean Flying Adventures. “I’ll be flying non-stop tomorrow from south Florida to the northern coast of the Dominican Republic in order to avoid the Bahamas.”
In addition there is a passenger departure tax of $25, which also applies to the crew. The new regulation states that the $25 also applies to children below the age of 6.
“So now your day trip to Bimini with three passengers in your C172 opens with a $150 bill before you even begin spending your tourism dollars,” Parker said. “The Bahamas reaps millions in tourism dollars from private aviation. These new taxes will certainly discourage many pilots from visiting the Bahamas and will result in a net loss of revenue for the economy.”
Parker reports he has written the Minister of Transport and Aviation to ask that she raise this issue at the most senior levels of government. “My suggestion was to exempt private flights for tourism,” he said.
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