Venice To Start Charging Day Visitors With An Entry Fee Soon

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Apart from paying a charge of €3, you will also have to pre-book your day visit to the Italian city.

If a Venice trip is what you have in mind for this summer, make sure to keep your entry permit handy. The island city will soon begin to charge an entry fee of €3 (INR 246/-) from its day visitors, starting May 1 this year. The decision was taken keeping in mind the heavy tourist inflow to Venice every year. However, students and the tourists there for an overnight stay, are left exempted from the same, since the hotel tariffs in the city already include a tourist fee.

Additionally, from next year on, this fee will vary from €3 (INR 246), €6 (490) upto €10 (INR 820/-), depending on the inflow during the day. The levy charges will be incorporated into tickets of tourists who arrive by cruise ship, in water taxis and by plane or train. If caught, the defaulters will have to pay a hefty fine of €100 (INR 8,200/-), which can go as high as €450 (INR 36,000/-). An online system for pre-booking day visits will also be introduced in 2020. Alternatively, you can avoid all the hassle by snagging a Venezia Unica pass that will cover entrance, public transportation, and even pre-paid entry to a few popular spots in the city.

As per records, over 60,000 tourists visit the city during a day without staying the night, and contribute very little to economic growth. Outnumbering the total of 55,000 residents, this huge number of tourists imposes a great stress on transportation, sewage and other services. Hence, the money raised would go after cleaning and maintaining the lagoon city.

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