British Virgin Islands to levy environmental fee on visitors

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Visitors arriving by air in the British Virgin Islands will pay a $10 environmental and tourism levy per person, effective Sept. 1.

The fee will be collected at the airport by customs. Residents, visitors 2 years old and under, visitors in transit who do not leave the airport, and guests of the government are exempt. Cruise passengers don’t have to pay the fee.

The government said the proceeds will be used toward environmental protection and improvement, climate change policies and the maintenance and development of tourist sites and activities.

BVI visitors already pay a $20 departure tax, which is included in the price of an airline ticket.

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