Fabi727 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
I want to buy tickets online in London for travel between Caracas and Bogota with a stopover in Panama. I have heard that if these are purchased in London for travellers living in Venezuela there is a surcharge levied at Simon Bolivar airport on such tickets by the Venezuelan authorities to make up for lost tax revenue despite the fact that the price indicates that all taxes are included in the total price. Can anyone please advise me whether the Venezuelans levy such a tax?
Luisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2577 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
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I wish I could give you an answer but I have no clue about this tax thing. I suggest that you buy the tickets here in Venezuela and pay with Venezuelan Bolivares (Bs.) as it's cheaper. I don't know if you are aware that here we have a currency exchange restriction that doesn't allow us venezuelan to buy US $ or any other currency, so people that want to buy foreign cash pay a higher price than the current fixed echange rate set by the goverment. For example right now if you want to buy 1 $US dollar from someone that's selling cash, it will cost you Bs. 2500, but if you go to a currency exchange shop or a bank and want to change 1 US dollar to Bolivares, you will receive only Bs. 1920 for each USD as this is the fixed exchange rate.
So my suggestion is that if you got a friend here in Venezuela, sell him US dollars at 2500 Bs/$ and then use your Bs. to buy the ticket. In the airline business they use the oficial currency exchange rate.
You must pay this no matter where you bought your ticket. After you checkin you must go to a counter where you pay an airport official those fees and they give you a sticker that you must present before you board you flight. Hope this helps.