The new Venice Tourist tax

venice tourist tax

Update July 2019

The introduction of the Venice Tourist tax has been postponed again. This time it’s supposed to start not until the 1st of January 2020, instead of September 1. Obvious technical and practical problems are the reasons. 

Update July 2019

So they’ve put it on hold again. It’s a complicated project and the transporting companies, trains, buses, taxis have raised all kinds of questions. The Venice tourist tax should have been a flat 3 euro from September the 1st 2019, and from January 1, 2020, it should have developed into four levels, from green to black, 3, 6,8 or 10 euro depending on the calculated flow of tourists into the old town.

At this point, we do not know if the higher fee will be implemented directly from January 1, or if there will still be a 3 euro-period. In October there will be additional information. The representatives of the city have declared that there could be a total revision of everything. We will know more then.

It’s easy to see that it is a very complicated thing to set up. Many of the collaborators are not enthusiastic about it, to say the least. I would expect some changes and possibly they will postpone it once more. But let’s wait until October. 

Who has to pay?

Anyone who’s coming into Venice or the Islands in the lagoon and doesn’t stay in a hotel, B&B or any other official accommodation inside the city, Venice or Mestre, and thus already is paying the local city tax of 2 – 5 euro. To be absolutely clear: If you pay the tourism tax, Tassa di soggiorno, at the hotel you don’t have to pay the new access fee.

The New Tourist/Access tax VeniceExcluded:

  • Residents in Venice.
    • Residents in Veneto.
    • Tenants in Venice or the island in the lagoon with a non-tourist contract, with family. 
    • Spouses, partners, and relatives up to the 3rd degree to anyone living in Venice or on any of the islands in the lagoon. 
    • Anyone with a valid “Venezia Unica” travel document
    • Employees in Venice, or self-employed. Also, anyone who’s there for a meeting or a temporary appointment, etc.
    • Anyone who has a house in Venice and pays the tax, IMU, for that property, with family. 
    • Students and pupils of any educational facility in Venice or on any of the islands in the lagoon.
    • Anyone who’s in for voluntary work, for health treatment, other official business, etc, etc. Also, those who accompany and/or assist people who’re in Venice for medical treatment.
    • Anyone who participates in sports competitions recognized by the CONI, its Federations or by authorized Sports Associations, e.g. Venice Marathon.
    • Children under 6 years of age.
    • People with severe disability and assistant.
    • Those born within the city of Venice. If you live in Sydney or Kairo doesn’t matter. If you were born here you’re excluded.
    • And a whole lot of other cases…

How do you pay?

Click here for the update July 2019

Any official transport service who brings in people to Venice, trains, buses, taxis, ships and even anyone who lands on the airport at Lido (… which would be improbable) will provide the tickets. Either as a separate ticket or as an addition to the existing one. The companies selling the ticket have to make sure the tax is paid, asking documentation of the reason for exclusion. It will be them the authorities will put pressure on.

The Major has spoken of the necessity to book in advance to be able to get in. But he’s also declared that no one will be left outside. From 2022 there could be a smart chip and the possibility to read it off from a distance. Probably checking all the traffic coming in without putting up the infamous gates at the entrance.

He’s also been talking about making Venice a ZTL, limited traffic area, much like the C-zone in Milan. That way nobody could access the city in a private car, and thus sneaking in without paying the tax through the official transportation.

He talks a lot our Major.

About fines. For the single tourist, there will be fines from 100 to 450 if you don’t pay. But it seems that this could only be carried out if you declare falsely… Since it’s the transport company who’s responsible and they should enforce the payment or at least inform about it. But we still don’t know exactly how this is going to be done.

For them, the bus-, train-, and taxi companies, on the other hand, the fines will be a little heavier.

For those staying in a hotel outside of the city of Venice, which includes Mestre and Marghera, the fee will be partial… If you’re not staying at a typical tourist location (… read Jesolo). In that case, you’ll pay full price.

The second part – Update July 2019

Here’s a link to the city of Venice web site explaining everything more thoroughly in Italian.