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New tourist tax per night in hotspot for everyone aged 12 and over

A new tourist tax has now been introduced in one of the most beautiful parts of Portugal, the municipality has announced – also for people staying in caravans and camping. In a press statement, the Algarve said that all tourists must pay tourist tax for overnight stays for each person over 12 years old, all year round.

In a press release, the municipality announced the new measure, noting that the income generated will be used to improve the tourist infrastructure at a local level. It said: “In a municipality where tourism plays a fundamental role in the economy and where growing tourist demand has led to greater pressure on equipment, municipal infrastructure, urban and natural space, this tax represents a new source of financing that, in addition on logic, will allow improvements to be made in the municipal public and private assets, the provision of public information and support services for tourists and cultural and recreational services in the city.”

The tourist tax in the municipality where tourist hotspots are located, including Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo and Porches, is €1 per night in low season (between November 1 and March 31) and €2 per night in high season (between April 1 and October 31), up to a maximum of seven consecutive nights, will be charged to all guests aged 13 (thirteen) or older.

Lagoa’s municipal tourist tax, which requires tourists to pay fees for overnight stays in all accommodation facilities, will also apply to the Algarve, Portugal’s top tourist destination.

The tourist tax costs €1 between November and March, which is described as low season. During the high season, which represents the months of April to October, tourists pay €2 per night.

It applies to anyone staying in hotels, apartment hotels, inns, tourist villages, tourist apartments, tourist complexes (resorts), residential tourism enterprises, rural tourism enterprises, parks, camping and caravan parks and local accommodation (houses, apartments, accommodation companies, as well as hostels).

There are tax exemptions, including for guests up to and including 12 (twelve) years old; guests with disabilities, with a disability equal to or greater than 60%; national and foreign students attending the University of Algarve at the beginning of each academic year using tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments, up to a maximum of 60 (sixty) consecutive days; guests whose stay is based on treatment by a doctor, up to and including a supervisor; and guests whose stay is the subject of a proven offer from a tourist company or a local accommodation company.

The fee is collected and then delivered to the Municipality of Lagoa by tourism institutions on an electronic platform created by the Municipality for this purpose.