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Costa Rica departure tax - included in ticket?

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Old Jun 28, 17, 1:04 pm
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Costa Rica departure tax - included in ticket?

We will be flying out of Liberia next week. Everything I had read before the trip indicated that we would have to pay the $29 Costa Rican departure tax in person, but as I started researching payment options it seems as though it might already be included in the ticket price (as of the last year or so). I have asked United twice and received two different answers. The ticket receipt shows two tax items totaling $29. Anyone on the site have first hand experience with this out of Liberia? Thanks.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 1:19 pm
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When I visited (2014) LIB, the departure tax was not included in the ticket & it was paid at the hotel upon check-out and a form indicating we paid was given to us. My receipt shows these fees were included in the airfare:
Costa Rica Common Area User Charge: 3.52
Costa Rica Security Fee: 5.30
Costa Rica Tourism Arrival Tax: 15.00
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Old Jun 28, 17, 1:23 pm
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You can always just do a search on united.com.

Here is what I see for a sample search for LIR-IAH one way.

Costa Rica Transportation Sales Tax $8.90
U.S. Transportation Tax $18.00
Costa Rica Security Fee $2.69
International Boarding Tax $27.00
Costa Rica Baggage Inspection Fee $2.00
Costa Rica Common Area User Charge $3.58
U.S. Customs User Fee $5.50
U.S. Immigration User Fee $7.00
U.S. APHIS User Fee $3.96
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Old Jun 28, 17, 1:51 pm
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Hmm. So - yeah on a sample UA itin ex-LIR I see the "B1" surcharge (Costa Rica Boarding Tax, currently 27 USD or 15590 CRC) included in the price of the ticket. Is that the departure tax you're thinking of?

This discussion says the tax is included in most airlines' tickets: http://costa-rica-guide.com/practica...departure-tax/

If you pay again, get a receipt clearly indicating what you paid for, and get a refund from someone.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 2:52 pm
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I must plead ignorance. Having fluged in and out every nine or ten months for the last six years. I remember paying separately until @three years ago. My memory is that UA collects, Avianca mostly, Copa collects, Spirit eh, just keep a few colones and you'll be alright.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 4:45 pm
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My last 2 times out of SJO, I did not have to pay. The time before that it was separate and had to pay at the airport. I believe United includes this now.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 6:13 pm
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June 2016 I flew from SJO and did not pay separate. The UA agent checking me in had to look at my eticket to see if it was paid in the ticket or not as the system was quite new at the time. Now it should be standard procedure as tickets are only valid for a maximum of 1 year.
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