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The bill No.20,576 goal is to charge $15 to any tourist who enters the country by land or sea.
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Tourism rejects the new bill for an
extra charge $15 to tourist

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Authorities of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute oppose to the $15 extra charge bill that will make prices more expensive for tourists.

Maria Amalia Revelo, the Tourism minister, said the agency rejects bill No.20,576, which is being studied by deputies in the Legislative Assembly, and whose goal is to charge $15 to any tourist who enters the country by land or sea.

"We are growing in quality and quantity, the logical thing in an environment of economic reactivation, is to protect the development of tourism, an industry that generates employment and social progress," said the minister.

In addition to this bill, another one is also being analyzed. That is bill No.21,152, which would force tourists to have medical insurance with Social Security (known as CCSS).

According to Revelo, this bill threatens the autonomy of administration of social insurance and is also incompatible with the relation between worker-employer legal requirements, and on the other hand the concept of registration of a tourist to the Social Security system.

According to the Revelo, also the Ministry of Labor is opposing this bill because the concept of Social Security was created to protect the relationship between boss and employee, and also in accordance with Article 73, second paragraph, of the Political Constitution, "insurance (referring to social insurance as protection for the worker and their family) may not be transferred or used for purposes other than social insurance."

According to the statistics of the Tourism Institute, in 2018, for the first time, were registered more than three million arrivals of international tourists to the country.

Between January and May of 2019, the growth of international arrivals by air was 5 percent. Most of the tourists came from Canada 11 percent;
Germany 13.1 percent, Austria 6.3 percent, United States 5.9 percent; ; and the United Kingdom 5.6 percent.

According to the statistics of the Central Bank, the tourism sector increased from 4.4 percent in 2012 to 6.3 percent in 2016. In addition, the tourism sector employs at least 211,213 workers.

Could the new two bills diminish the attractive of Costa Rica for tourists? We would like to know your thoughts on this story.  Send your comments to: news@amcostarica.com



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