Panama Departure Tax

Old Aug 2, 15, 3:04 pm
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Panama Departure Tax

Hi all,
I'm going to be in Panama for two days (coming back from Colombia). I'm flying there on a UA reward ticket, and when I paid the taxes, I was charged a Panama Departure tax:

Fare Breakdown
Airfare: 0.00 USD
Panama Airport Security Fee: 2.50
Panama Departure Tax: 40.00
Colombia Airport Tax: 37.00
Columbia Resident Exit Tax : 35.00
U.S. Customs User Fee: 5.50
U.S. Immigration User Fee: 7.00
U.S. APHIS User Fee: 5.00
Per Person Total: 132.00 USD

From I understand, this is a tax everyone departing Panama pays, and there is no way to get a refund of it (a la "Colombia Resident Exit Tax"). Is this accurate?
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Old Aug 2, 15, 9:58 pm
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The tax is not refundable.
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Old Apr 7, 16, 11:39 am
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What if you are there less than 24 hours? It's not included in my ticket I wonder if I will have to pay in the airport.
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