Venice’s Parliament has approved a bill to introduce a special tax that will be paid by tourists entering the city.
The levy will affect tourists arriving in the city by buses, planes, trains, cruise liners, and water taxis. At the same time, it will affect only those guests of the city who intend to visit Venice as part of a day trip. Those who plan to stay in the city for more than a day (that is, overnight), will pay a tourist fee.
The size of the new tax will depend on the season. So, in the period of November-April, when the flow of tourists is on the decline, the fee will be 3 euros. But in the peak period of May – October, the tax will be increased to 10 euros.
The tax will be levied from July 1, 2020. Previously, it was planned to enter from January 1, but the city authorities refused this idea. Bankcards or cash in special terminals can pay the fee. In this case, for organized groups of tourists, the tax may be included in the cost of the tour.
But what the city authorities will do with those who refuse to pay the tax is not yet clear. However, the legislator has previously proposed to introduce a fine, the size of which could reach 450 euros.