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Permanent Residents of Mexico Are Eligible for (Airline) Mexico Tourism Tax Refund!

Mexico Tourism Tax Refund

Mexico Tourism Tax Refund

If you are a Permanent Resident of Mexico and travel by air to, from and through Mexico, you are eligible for a refund of the Mexican Tourism Tax included in the price of your ticket–usually in the $25.00 to $30.00 USD range-within 12 months of the ticket issuance.

Each airline has their own procedural requirements for applying for the refund so you will want to check with your carrier for their specifications…but whether traveling as an individual, a couple or a family, those total amounts can really add up and it is absolutely worth taking the time to apply!

I recently went through the process with both Alaska & Delta Airlines and will walk you through my experience with each. I hope the information is helpful and paves the way for you to get your refund(s)!

Alaska Airline

With Alaska Airline we used to simply request a tourism tax refund form the ticket agent when checking in, fill it out right then and there and then receive the refund within a couple of weeks. But the last few times we have flown Alaska, we were instructed to apply online. I got onto Alaska’s online chat and the agent instructed me to do one of the following (I did both for good measure):

1. Fax to #206-392-7587:

  • Passenger’s Name as Appears on Ticket
  • Confirmation Number
  • Ticket number
  • Copy of Both Front and Back of Mexico Permanent Resident Card 


2. Mail All of The Above Documentation to:

Alaska Airline
Refunds Department
P.O Box 68900
Seattle, WA

I was told to expect the refund in 7 to 10 business days.

Last Summer’s Alaska Airline Round Trip from Puerto Vallarta to San Diego (times 4!) 

Mexico Tourism Tax Refund

Total Refund Due: $116.08 USD

Delta Airline

For Delta Airline, I was first directed to fill out a form online but the system wouldn’t accept my ticket number and prompted me to call their 1-800-847-0578 number. The agent took all of my information (full name, ticket number) and then, while still on the line, sent me an email asking me to reply with attached copies of the front and back of our Mexican Permanent Resident Cards. Easy Peasy! We are due the refund to the credit card used for the purchase within seven business days.

Our Recent Delta Airline Round Trip from Puerto Vallarta to Salt Lake City (times 4!) 

Mexico Tourism Tax Refund

Total Refund Due: $115.60 USD

According to both Alaska and Delta, there are also other circumstances (citizens, diplomats, infants under age of two, transit/transfer passengers) in which a Mexican Tourism Tax refund is given. Again, please check directly with your own individual carrier for their specifications. 

I hope this information has been useful and puts a few dollars back into your pocket to be used for more fun and adventure!

Do you have any experience in getting your Mexican Tourism Tax back? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments section below.


Katie O’Grady

Others that have written on this topic:

How to Get a Refund of The Mexico Tourism Tax by TEX MEX EXPATS 

How to request Mexico Tourism Tax refunds for airline flights by citizens and residents by Yucatan Times

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About the author: Internationally-Acclaimed Author & Relocation Coach Katie O’Grady is a 4th generation San Diegan who together with her retired Firefighter hubby and their now 16-year-old twins immigrated to Mexico in 2012. Los O’Gradys in Mexico is InterNations Top Expat Mexico Blog and has been featured on various distinguished platforms including Elephant Journal, Yucatan Times, and Huffington Post. Eight years into their Mexico adventure, Katie and her family continue to embrace their reinvented, reinspired lives where tacos and fun are part of their daily round! If you are interested in learning about raising bilingual, bicultural children and creating a life of design, feel free to contact Katie at [email protected] and on the following platforms: Facebook Instagram Pinterest

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  • mikel miller February 8, 2020, 6:23 am

    Thanks for info, Katie! Did not know. I’ll ask for refund on next trip.

    • Katie O'Grady February 9, 2020, 11:32 am

      Hi Mikel!

      You are more than welcome. Remember that you can apply for up to a year from the date of the ticket’s issuance (of course double check with your airline), so get working on pulling those records up! Well worth the time in my book!

      Katie 🙂

  • linda laino February 9, 2020, 8:51 am

    Hi Katie! I was very curious and intrigued about this…but I don’t see that line (Mexican tourism tax) on any of my old tickets…is it only on certain airlines?
    Thanks and hope all well with your familty 🙂

    • Katie O'Grady February 9, 2020, 11:34 am

      Hi Linda!
      Yes, I too had to do some digging with a few of the flight receipts, but they were there! On several I had to click on the hyperlink that read “other taxes”.
      Which airline(s) do you usually fly with?
      If you have all of your flight records from 12 months within the date of the ticket issuance, and you are a PR of Mexico, you should qualify.
      See if the airline has an online chat feature or customer service number you can call. My experience was that not “all” representatives where well-informed so it took a little persistence and patience but for 300 dollars, I say well worth it!
      Good Luck!
      Katie 🙂

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