Published on : Friday, October 11, 2019
The tax will be introduced for all tourists arriving by plane, water taxi, cruise ships, trains or coach who don’t wish to stay overnight. The initiative will be launched on July 1, 2020. The fine amount will be used for the upkeep of the city and also improve the quality of life of the residents. While during the low season, tourists will have to pay €3, they will need to pay €8 during the high season. Tourists will have to pay €10 during the summer season to access the World Heritage site which encompasses the city centre and islands of the Venice Lagoon.
The City Council announced on Thursday that the decision regarding imposing fee had been given the go-ahead after it was proposed more than a year ago.
The municipal councillor for the budget, Michele Zuin, said that people coming for work or study purpose won’t be charged and those visiting family would also not be charged.
Zuin said that the new system was being imposed to make people responsible who visit the city even for a day.
The fee collection drive would be launched in early 2020, with a web app allowing people to pay with their credit card, Paypal and bank transfer. Authorities are planning to introduce a completely electronic system by 2022.
As per the plan, the fee structure would be revised after two years after studying how busy Venice was on a particular day. As of now, the local authorities are taking steps to deter tourists from engaging in a disrespectful manner. Cops handed out fines to around 100 tourists this summer for anti-social behaviour.
In June this year, a woman was fined €250 for sunbathing in a bikini.