All About the Tax and Fee Codes on Your Airline Ticket

So you've just spent $1299.90 on an airline ticket with a list price of $773. Do you have any idea what the $321.90 in taxes and fees are?

As governments and other taxing authorities get more and more creative, the number of different extra costs that appear on your ticket continue to get longer and longer.

We remember, “back in the good old days”, when a domestic ticket typically had only one fee, and international tickets three or four.  Now, depending on where you fly, you might see as many as a dozen or more.

But you also need to realize that not all the taxes and fees you see on your ticket are truly what they seem.  The airline you’re flying might well be trying to sneak in some extra money that it keeps for itself, enabling it to keep its apparent fare low and to vaguely blame “the government” for all the “taxes” on its low fare.

So if you’re ever noticed and been upset that the taxes and fees seem to be greater than the airfare on your ticket, perhaps you’re just falling victim to the airline’s own perfidy.

Here’s an incomplete list of tax/fee codes to help you decode these costs.  If your ticket has another code on it, please send us a copy of the ticket and we’ll try to help you figure it out.  There is a complete list published by IATA, which contains more than 1500 entries!  Unfortunately, they charge $4599 for a web download of this information (we kid you not – see this page). 

Do you have a mystery tax code on your ticket you don’t understand?

Please first check to see if it is in the long list below.  The list is alphabetical.  At least three quarters of all requests we get are for codes already in the list!

If it’s not in the list already, use this form to send in its details and we’ll research it for you.

We need the details of your itinerary and ideally a copy of your ticket so as to research the code.

Note – the column on the right for “Date Verified” is the last time we looked up and confirmed the tax code.  All undated tax codes date back to about August 2019.  (Our sense is that tax codes change from time to time.)
CodePaid ToDescriptionDate Verified
A1Costa RicaBaggage Inspection Fee10/31/20
A6TunisiaTourism Tax12/23/20
A7BoliviaPassenger Service Charge10/25/21
A9MoroccoInternational Tourism Tax10/17/21
AADominican RepublicAirport Departure Tax Intl11/27/20
ABHaitiAirport Departure Tax International10/31/20
AEUAEPassenger Service Charge Intl2/7/21
AGAntigua and BarbudaTicket Tax8/20/21
AHPanamaAirport Security Fee Departures/Arrivals10/12/22
AJVenezuelaAirport Exit Tax International11/27/20
AKVenezuelaAirport Departure Tax11/27/20
AMArmeniaState Tax International2/3/21
ARArgentinaTicket Tax2/3/21
ATAustriaPassenger Security Charge12/22/21
AUAustraliaPassenger Movement Charge9/27/22
AXVietnamPassenger Service Charge Domestic1/6/20
AYUnited States“Sept 11” Security Fee, currently (2021) $5.60 one way or $11.20 roundtrip10/12/22
B1Costa RicaBoarding Tax10/31/20
B6NepalAirport Development Fee6/9/20
B8BelarusAirport Infrastructure Development Fee2/3/21
B9LibyaSecurity Tax12/23/20
BBBarbadosValue Added Tax12/22/21
BEBelgiumPassenger Service and Security Charge11/27/20
BGBulgariaPassenger Charge2/3/21
BHBahrainPassenger Service Fee International2/14/21
BLBermudaAviation Security Fee8/4/20
BMBermudaPassenger Tax8/4/20
BOBoliviaSales Tax10/25/21
BPSouth KoreaInternational Psc Departure Tax And Global Disease Eradication Fund2/3/21
BRBrazilEmbarkation Fee International2/3/21
BUBelizeAirport Development Fee2/3/21
BZBelizeTicket Tax2/3/21
C2VenezuelaBiosecurity Service Fee Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
C4VietnamPassenger And Baggage Security Screening Service Charge6/9/20
C7MyanmarAdvance Passenger Information User Charge International Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
C9BahamasValue Added Tax11/27/20
CACanadaAir Travelers Security Charge12/22/21
CENew ZealandAviation Security Screening Levy Domestic10/25/21
CHSwitzerlandAirport Passenger Security And Noise Charge11/27/20
CJNetherlandsSecurity Service Charge12/22/21
CNChinaAirport Fee (varies per airport)10/17/21
COColombiaAirport Tax11/27/20
CRCosta RicaTransportation Tax10/31/20
CUCubaPassenger Services Airport Tax10/12/22
CZCzech RepublicEmbarkation Tax2/3/21
D3LithuaniaPassenger Service Charge Departures2/3/21
D5IndonesiaPassenger Service Charge10/25/21
D9JordanCute User Fee (ie Common User Terminal Equipment)11/27/20
DCRomaniaSecurity Charge2/3/21
DDTrinidad and TobagoConcourse Fee International2/13/21
DEGermanyAirport Security Charge (varies per airport)10/17/21
DGColombiaResident Exit Tax Timbre11/27/20
DHHaitiPassenger Facility Charge Arrival10/31/20
DIBarbadosAirport Facilitation Fee International12/22/21
DODominican RepublicTransportation Tax11/27/20
DQFinlandSecurity Charge12/22/21
DYPeruTourism Arrival Tax10/25/21
E2EcuadorInfrastructure Tax Arrivals10/25/21
E3Saudi ArabiaSecurity Charges Intl Departure/Arrival2/7/21
E6BermudaAir Terminal Improvement Fee8/4/20
E7ThailandAdvance Passenger Processing User Charge10/17/21
EABahamasPassenger Departure Tax11/27/20
ECEcuadorGovernment Transportation Tax2/3/21
EDEcuadorTourism Fee International2/3/21
EEEstoniaPassenger Fee2/3/21
EGEgyptSolidarity Tax (formerly/aka Transportation Tax)8/27/20
EKJamaicaPassenger Service and Security Fee12/22/21
ELJamaicaAirport Improvement Fee12/22/21
ENBermudaPassenger Facility Charge8/4/20
EQEgyptService Charge9/27/22
EUVenezuelaInac Civil Aviation Services Improvement Fee11/27/20
EVSouth AfricaPassenger Safety Charge2/3/21
EXItalySecurity Bag Charge12/22/21
EYFijiAirport Departure Tax2/3/21
EZFijiAirport Security Charge2/3/21
F1New ZealandBorder Clearance Levy Intl Arrival & Departure10/25/21
F3PanamaAirport Development Fee10/12/22
F6UAEPassenger Facilities Charge9/27/22
F7EgyptQuarantine Fees10/17/21
FAFijiAirport Development Charge2/3/21
FCNicaraguaTerminal Fee Intl2/3/21
FDNicaraguaTourism Fee Intl2/3/21
FEHungarySecurity Charge12/22/21
FIFinlandPassenger Fee12/22/21
FNItalyVAT on other ticket fees7/18/20
FPHaitiSecurity Control Fee10/31/20
FRFrance & DependenciesCivil Aviation Tax and Airport Tax (8/10/21)
Airport Tax Domestic And International (10/17/21)
FSCosta Rica
(formerly Airline)
Common Area User Charge Departure
(formerly Fuel Surcharge)
FUBelizeConservation Tax2/3/21
FVBelizePassenger Service Fee2/3/21
FWBelizeSecurity Fee International2/3/21
FXUzbekistanSecurity Tax10/17/21
FZPanamaAirport Departure Tax10/12/22
G1MalaysiaDeparture Levy10/17/21
G2NorwayAirport Passenger Tax11/27/20
G3Hong KongAirport Construction Fee10/17/21
G4QatarPassenger Facility Charge9/27/22
G8ThailandIntl Arrival or Departure Fee10/17/21
GBUnited KingdomAir Passenger Duty varies depending on distance flown and class of service £13 – £172 as of 201912/22/21
GJBahamasAirport Facility Fee Departure11/27/20
GKBahamasSecurity Fee11/27/20
GRGreeceAirport Development Charge11/27/20
GZKuwaitAirport Service Charge International10/17/21
H4LebanonAPI PNR Security Charge Arrival2/3/21
H8MalaysiaRegulatory Charge Domestic And International10/17/21
HBItalyCouncil City Tax12/22/21
HGJamaicaTourism Enhancement Fee Intl11/27/20
HIHaitiImmigration Processing Fee Arrival10/31/20
HJJapanPassenger Facility Charge, Domestic Departures6/9/20
HKHong KongPassenger Departure Tax10/17/21
HLKyrgyzstanAirport Development Charge International10/17/21
HMBahrainPassenger Facility Fee2/14/21
HQJordanEmbarkation Tax International11/27/20
HUHungaryAirport Departure Tax12/22/21
HWPeruAirport Departure Tax10/25/21
I2OmanSecurity Fee2/3/21
I5Hong KongPassenger Security Charge10/17/21
I6IranPassenger Safety Oversight Services Fees2/13/21
I8OmanCommon Use Passenger Processing Systems2/3/21
IANew ZealandPassenger Security Charge Intl10/25/21
IDIndonesiaValue Added Tax Passengers Domestic10/25/21
IFEl SalvadorAirport Departure Tax Intl3/26/21
IGEl SalvadorImmigration Fee3/26/21
IKCosta RicaSecurity Fee International Arriving/Departing2/3/21
ILIsraelDeparture Passenger Airport Tax International2/3/21
IMEl SalvadorTourism Contribution Fee Intl3/26/21
INIndiaUser Development Fee Departures1/13/20
IOSaudi ArabiaAirport Building Charge For Departures and Arrivals2/7/21
IQIraqDeparture Tax8/27/20
IRIranAirport Tax International2/13/21
ISIcelandAirport Service Charge12/1/21
ITItalyEmbarkation Tax12/22/21
IZFrancePassenger Solidarity Tax varies depending on destination and class of service €1.13 – €45.07 as of 20191/20/20
J9PortugalCarbon Tax11/10/21
JCVietnamPassenger Service Charge International6/9/20
JDSpainDeparture Charge2/9/21
JGBarbadosPassenger Service Charge International12/22/21
JHBarbadosSecurity Fee International12/22/21
JKEgyptDeparture Fee9/27/22
JMJamaicaStamp Tax12/22/21
JPJapanConsumption Tax6/9/20
JSColombiaTourism Tax
JTJamaicaPassenger Facility Charge12/22/21
K3IndiaGoods And Service Tax Interim Domestic10/31/20
K7Saudi ArabiaValue Added Tax1/13/20
KCArmeniaPassenger Airport and Security Charge2/3/21
KGKyrgyzstanPassenger Service Charge10/17/21
KJJordanCivil Aviation Fee
KKNew ZealandPassenger Service Charge Intl Arrival & Departure10/25/21
KOHaitiTerritorial Development Tax10/31/20
KPNorth KoreaPassenger Service Charge International
KTTrinidad and TobagoPassenger Service Charge International2/13/21
KWKuwaitAirport Departure Tax10/17/21
L2KuwaitTransfer Fee
L7SingaporeAirport Development Levy10/17/21
L8Dominican RepublicTourism Tax1/6/20
LGSerbiaSecurity Charge2/3/21
LIPhilippinesPassenger Service Charge8/4/20
LJSwedenAviation Tax2/3/21
LKSri LankaEmbarkation Tax3/9/20
LTLithuaniaAirport Tax2/3/21
LVLatviaPassenger Departure & Security Charge2/3/21
LYLibyaTicket Tax12/23/20
M3BarbadosAirport Service Charge12/22/21
M6TurkeyInternational Flights Security Charge12/22/21
MAMoroccoPassenger Service Charge10/17/21
MJItalyPassenger Service Charge on Departures12/22/21
MMMyanmarPassenger Service Charge11/27/20
MOMacauAirport Security Tax1/6/20
MXMexicoTransportation Tax IVA Domestic10/17/21
MYMalaysiaPassenger Service And Security Charge10/17/21
N4KuwaitPassenger Service Charge Departure10/17/21
N5SudanCommon User Passenger Processing System Cupps Fee2/14/21
N8Costa RicaSales Tax10/31/20
NCNew CaledoniaPassenger Service Charge
NDPolandPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
NGNigeriaSales Tax2/3/21
NHJordanPassenger Terminal Use Fee11/27/20
NINicaraguaSales Hacienda Tax2/3/21
NPNepalPassenger Service Charge6/9/20
NQNepalTourism Service Fee6/9/20
NRNauruDeparture Fee – newly created Aug 1, 20208/5/20
NWCosta RicaTourism Arrival Tax1/20/20
NYSudanPassenger Service Charge2/14/21
NZNew ZealandGoods and Services Tax10/25/21
O2EgyptDeparture Service Fee9/27/22
O4FranceSolidarity Tax Surplus1/20/20
O5ArgentinaInclusive and Solidarity Tax Pais2/3/21
O7JordaySecurity Charge Departures11/27/20
O9EgyptCute Cupps Fee9/27/22
OBAirlineBooking Fee and Surcharges
OGSpainAviation Safety and Security Fee2/9/21
OIJapanPassenger Security Service Charge2/3/21
OMOmanAirport Tax2/3/21
OPSingaporeAviation Levy2/3/21
OREcuadorAirport Tax10/25/21
OYGermanyAir Transport Tax10/17/21
P2IndiaAviation Security Fee10/31/20
P4IndonesiaMandatory Travel Insurance Tax Iwjr10/25/21
P5Costa RicaSupplemental Security Fee Departures2/3/21
P6LebanonCovid19 PCR Test Fee2/3/21
PBPakistanAdvance Tax International
PFFrench PolynesiaLocal Departure Tax8/10/21
PHPhilippinesTravel Tax8/4/20
POBahamasPassenger Processing Fee11/27/20
PTPortugalSecurity Tax11/10/21
PXNicaraguaAirport Security Charge2/3/21
PZQatarPassenger Service Charge Arrivals9/27/22
Q1ArgentinaFiscal Tax Afip Rg2/3/21
Q3KyrgyzstanPassenger Terminal Use Charge10/17/21
Q5CubaSanitary Tax10/12/22
Q7EgyptDevelopment Stamp Duty Tax1/29/21
Q8French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia Domestic Intra Islands Solidarity Tax8/10/21
QAQatarAirport Fee Intl9/27/22
QBEcuadorAirport Tax10/25/21
QCAustraliaUsed to be Cairns Airport Authority Fee
QDAustriaAir Transport Levy Domestic11/27/20
QHEgyptEmbarkation Tax9/27/22
QIEcuadorAirport Auxiliary Facilities Tax10/25/21
Airline Passenger Levy
(Formerly was Sydney noise levy)
QMBoliviaService Charge Domestic10/25/21
QOArgentinaCustom And Immigration Services Tax International 12/22/21
QPTurkmenistanPassenger Safety And Airport Development Charge10/25/21
QRAustraliaPassenger Service Charge Domestic Departure/Arrival12/22/21
QTNigeriaAirport Service Charge2/3/21
QVSpainSecurity Tax2/9/21
QWFrancePassenger Service Charge Domestic1/20/20
QXFrancePassenger Service Charge Intl12/22/21
R1UKExceptional Regulatory Charge12/1/21
R9QatarPassenger Safety and Security Fee Pssf9/27/22
RAGermanyPassenger Service Charge International Departure11/10/21
RCCanadaHarmonized Sales Tax11/27/20
RDGermanyPassenger Service Charge Domestic Departure11/27/20
RFSerbiaCad Passenger Charge2/3/21
RGPakistanFederal Excise Duty Red10/25/21
RIRussiaTerminal Use Charge (Departure or Arrival)10/17/21
RKTunisiaSecurity Tax12/23/20
RLTunisiaEmbarkation Tax International12/23/20
RNNetherlandsPassenger Service Charge12/22/21
RORomaniaAirport Departure Tax2/3/21
RSSerbiaPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
S4EgyptIntl Advanced Passenger Info Fee Departures9/27/22
SGSingaporePassenger Service And Security Fee10/17/21
SHAntigua and BarbudaAirport Administration Charge Departure8/20/21
SPPakistanEmbarkation Fee10/25/21
SQCanadaAirport Improvement Fee12/22/21
SWJapanPassenger Service Facilities Charge Intl2/3/21
TENigeriaSecurity Charge2/3/21
TKJapanInternational Tourist Tax2/3/21
TMTurkmenistanPassenger Airport Tax Departures10/25/21
TPUAEPassenger Security and Safety Fee2/13/21
TQArgentinaSecurity Tax Domestic And International12/22/21
TRTurkeyAirport Service Charge International12/22/21
TSThailandPassenger Service Charge10/17/21
TTTrinidad and TobagoValue Added Tax2/13/21
TUKenyaPassenger Airport Service Charge Intl10/17/21
TWTaiwanAirport Service Charge International10/17/21
TYDominican RepublicAerocom Fee Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
UAUkraineSecurity Charge2/3/21
UBUnited KingdomPassenger Service Charge Departures12/22/21
UCJamaicaPassenger Aviation Service Charge Arrivals12/22/21
UDUkraineState Charge2/3/21
UHRussiaSecurity Charge International2/3/21
UJKazakhstanPassenger Service Charge10/17/21
UKMexicoTourism Tax Derecho No Inmigrante2/3/21
UMSouth AfricaASC Charge2/3/21
UOAustraliaGoods And Services Tax12/22/21
UPIrelandPassenger Charge10/17/21
UQIreland (or US?)Inspection Pre-clearance Charge (flights to US)10/17/21
USUnited StatesInternational Arrival/Departure Tax (currently $19.70 each way as of 2022) or 7.5% (as of 2019) US Domestic Transportation Tax10/12/22
UXDominican RepublicAirport Authority Fee Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
UZUzbekistanAirport Departure Tax10/17/21
VBDominican RepublicAirport Infrastructure Fee Arrival/Departure11/27/20
VQTurkeyAirport Service Charge Domestic12/22/21
VTItalySecurity Charge12/22/21
VVNetherlandsNoise Isolation Charge (2/3/21)
State Tax (10/17/21)
WCSouth AfricaAir Passenger Tax2/3/21
WDJamaicaTravel Tax Intl12/22/21
WGAustraliaSafety and Security Charge Departure9/27/22
WLFinlandPassenger Fee Intl Transfer2/3/21
WNMacaoPassenger Service Charge1/6/20
WOIndiaPassenger Service Fee10/31/20
WPGreecePassenger Terminal Facilities Charge11/27/20
WQGreecePassenger Security Charge11/27/20
WTEcuadorSecurity Fee10/25/21
WVLibyaAirport Departure Tax12/23/20
WXNew ZealandPassenger Levy Domestic10/25/21
WYAustraliaPassenger Service Charge Departure/Arrival Intl9/27/22
XAUnited StatesAPHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Fee (currently $3.96 as of 2022)10/12/22
XDMexicoAirport Departure Tax Tua Intl10/17/21
XFUnited StatesPassenger Facility Charge (up to $4.50 per applicable airport as of 2022)10/12/22
XGCanadaGoods and Services Tax12/22/21
XKEgyptDevelopment Fee8/27/20
XLEgyptStamp Tax8/27/20
XMLatviaSecurity Charge2/3/21
XOMexicoTransportation Tax IVA International10/17/21
XRArgentinaAirport Tax International12/22/21
XTExtra tax total, details shown elsewhere10/17/21
XUFinlandAir Transport Supervision Charge12/22/21
XVMexicoAirport Departure Tax Tua Domestic10/17/21
XWPolandAirport Tax2/3/21
XYUnited StatesImmigration Fee (currently $7 as of 2022)10/12/22
YASwedenPassenger Charge12/22/21
YCUnited StatesCustoms Fee (currently $6.52 as of 2022)10/12/22
YDPakistanInfrastructure Development Charge10/25/21
YKUkraineAirport Passenger Charge2/3/21
YMIndiaDevelopment Fee1/13/20
YNVenezuelaLuxury Tax11/27/20
YPPortugalPassenger Service Charge at various airports11/10/21
YQAirlineExtra fee (instead of simply charging a higher fare)10/12/22
YRAirlineExtra fee (instead of simply charging a higher fare)12/22/21
YSColombiaSales Tax IVA11/27/20
YWBoliviaExit Tax10/25/21
YXKuwaitPassenger Service Charge11/27/20
ZASouth AfricaPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
ZFBulgariaSecurity Charge2/3/21
ZNNorwayPassenger Charge12/22/21
ZODenmarkPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
ZPUnited StatesSegment Tax, goes to FAA12/22/21
ZQChileAirport Facility Charge International12/22/21
ZRUAEIntl Advanced Passenger Info Fee Arrivals & Departures9/27/22
ZUIcelandPassenger Fee Keflavik12/1/21
ZYAustriaPassenger Service Charge12/22/21
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