From this month, airports across Mexico - including Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta - will refund sales taxes to UK visitors. The refund will apply to tourists travelling by plane or by sea, and for those spending a minimum of 1,200 Mexican Pesos, including VAT (approx £60).
Visitors applying for the refund will receive 50% of the total amount on the spot, not exceeding 10,000 Mexican Pesos (approx £500). The remaining 50% will be paid electronically within 40 days into the visitor«s bank or credit account
Oscar Fitch, Director General of the Mexico Tourism Board, said: “This scheme brings Mexico in line with a number of other international tourism destinations. It demonstrates the importance placed on the visitor experience in ensuring overseas visitors feel welcome in Mexico.”
The refund scheme applies to items including clothing and electronics, and excludes services such as accommodation and meals.
In its second phase the scheme will be rolled out to include the following airports: Monterrey, Cozumel, El Baj’o, Mazatlán and Morelia. Subsequently, the service will be available from all airports and sea ports in Mexico, including Acapulco, Mazatlán and Huatulco.