Do visitors have to pay a tourist tax in the Canary Islands?

Published on September 12, 2023
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Do you need to pay a tourist tax when on holiday in Tenerife, Canary Islands?

As the Canary Islands are one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations, many visitors wonder whether they'll need to pay a tourist tax, similar to those that already exist in places like Catalonia or the Balearic Islands.

So is there a tourist tax in the Canary Islands?

No, at the moment you don't need to pay a tourist tax during your stay at a hotel or registered private accommodation in the Canary Islands.

This rule applies to all the Canary Islands, meaning that there's no tourist tax in either Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro, or La Graciosa.

Will there be a tourist tax imposed in the Canary Islands as well?

Currently, there's nothing certain, but there are talks in the local Canary Islands Parliament about introducing a tourist tax in the Canaries as well, but so far this initiative has been rejected by the other parties.

The possibility of implementing a tourist tax in the Canary Islands has become a recurring debate, as a proposal coming from the political party Podemos, but the Ministry of Tourism has argued that this could affect the Canary Islands economy, as it can discourage the arrival of visitors and harm the tourism sector.

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