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State likely to approve new Playa del Carmen ferry crossing fee to tourists

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — State officials are preparing to meet regarding a new fee aimed at tourists using the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry services.

State officials are preparing for a new charge at the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal that will likely be 16 peso per person. The new fee, which has not yet officially been approved, will only be applied to tourists and not proven residents of Quintana Roo.

The collected money will go to the municipal coffers of Cozumel says Eduardo Martínez Arcila, presidente of la Gran Comisión, who also adds the new fee is imminent since a rate has been determined.

He says that the collected money would benefit Cozumel in matters of security and sanitation, although they have yet to define how the money will be monitored or managed.

“There is a request to congress, so it has to become an initiative and yes, it would be established in the crossing of boats. The national perspective is that there will be cuts. We have to strengthen the finances of the communes,” he said.

He explained that the fee will only be applied when crossing from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel on either of the two ferry services that currently operate out of the Playa del Carmen maritime terminal, adding that it will only be charged to visitors who are not proven Quintana Roo residents.

In mid-November a notice was posted at the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal announcing an additional 16 peso fee to cross, however, at the time, terminal authorities denied knowing anything about the fee and the sign was quickly removed. 

Toward the end of November, Isla Mujeres announced its intention to charge visitors crossing from Cancun mainland to the island a fee under the newly approved collection of right law. That fee is set to begin on the first day of the New Year.