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 Charge1/6/20
AADominican RepublicAirport Departure Tax Intl11/27/20
ABHaitiAirport Departure Tax International10/31/20
AEUAEPassenger Service Charge Intl2/7/21
AHPanamaAirport Security Fee Departures/Arrivals2/3/21
AJVenezuelaAirport Exit Tax International11/27/20
AKVenezuelaAirport Departure Tax11/27/20
AMArmeniaState Tax International2/3/21
ARArgentinaTicket Tax2/3/21
ATAustriaPassenger Security Charge11/27/20
AUAustraliaPassenger Movement Charge6/9/20
AXVietnamPassenger Service Charge Domestic1/6/20
AYUnited States“Sept 11” Security Fee, currently (2021) $5.60 one way or $11.20 roundtrip2/13/21
B1Costa RicaBoarding Tax10/31/20
B6NepalAirport Development Fee6/9/20
B8BelarusAirport Infrastructure Development Fee2/3/21
B9LibyaSecurity Tax12/23/20
BBBarbadosValue Added Tax11/27/20
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 Tax1/6/20
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 Charge2/3/21
CENew ZealandAviation Security Screening Levy Domestic1/6/20
CHSwitzerlandAirport Passenger Security And Noise Charge11/27/20
CJNetherlandsSecurity Service Charge2/3/21
CNChinaAirport Fee (varies per airport)2/3/21
COColombiaAirport Tax11/27/20
CRCosta RicaTransportation Tax10/31/20
CUCubaPassenger Services Airport Tax11/27/20
CZCzech RepublicEmbarkation Tax2/3/21
D3LithuaniaPassenger Service Charge Departures2/3/21
D5IndonesiaPassenger Service Charge2/13/21
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)2/19/21
DGColombiaResident Exit Tax Timbre11/27/20
DHHaitiPassenger Facility Charge Arrival10/31/20
DIBarbadosAirport Facilitation Fee International11/27/20
DODominican RepublicTransportation Tax11/27/20
DQFinlandSecurity Charge2/3/21
DYPeruTourism Arrival Tax11/27/20
E2EcuadorInfrastructure Tax Arrivals11/27/20
E3Saudi ArabiaSecurity Charges Intl Departure/Arrival2/7/21
E6BermudaAir Terminal Improvement Fee8/4/20
E7ThailandAdvance Passenger Processing User Charge11/27/20
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 Fee11/27/20
ELJamaicaAirport Improvement Fee11/27/20
ENBermudaPassenger Facility Charge8/4/20
EQEgyptService Charge2/14/21
EUVenezuelaInac Civil Aviation Services Improvement Fee11/27/20
EVSouth AfricaPassenger Safety Charge2/3/21
EXItalySecurity Bag Charge8/4/20
EYFijiAirport Departure Tax2/3/21
EZFijiAirport Security Charge2/3/21
F1New ZealandBorder Clearance Levy Intl Arrival & Departure2/3/21
F3PanamaAirport Development Fee2/3/21
F6UAEPassenger Facilities Charge2/13/21
F7EgyptQuarantine Fees2/14/21
FAFijiAirport Development Charge2/3/21
FCNicaraguaTerminal Fee Intl2/3/21
FDNicaraguaTourism Fee Intl2/3/21
FEHungarySecurity Charge11/27/20
FNItalyVAT on other ticket fees7/18/20
FPHaitiSecurity Control Fee10/31/20
FRFrance & DependenciesCivil Aviation Tax and Airport Tax2/3/21
FSCosta Rica
(formerly Airline)
Common Area User Charge Departure
(formerly Fuel Surcharge)
10/31/20
FUBelizeConservation Tax2/3/21
FVBelizePassenger Service Fee2/3/21
FWBelizeSecurity Fee International2/3/21
FXUzbekistanSecurity Tax
FZPanamaAirport Departure Tax2/3/21
G1MalaysiaDeparture Levy2/3/21
G2NorwayAirport Passenger Tax11/27/20
G3Hong KongAirport Construction Fee2/3/21
G4QatarPassenger Facility Charge2/3/21
G8ThailandIntl Arrival Fee8/4/20
GBUnited KingdomAir Passenger Duty varies depending on distance flown and class of service £13 – £172 as of 20192/9/21
GJBahamasAirport Facility Fee Departure11/27/20
GKBahamasSecurity Fee11/27/20
GRGreeceAirport Development Charge11/27/20
GZKuwaitAirport Service Charge International11/27/20
H4LebanonAPI PNR Security Charge Arrival2/3/21
H8MalaysiaRegulatory Charge Domestic And International2/3/21
HBItalyCouncil City Tax8/4/20
HGJamaicaTourism Enhancement Fee Intl11/27/20
HIHaitiImmigration Processing Fee Arrival10/31/20
HJJapanPassenger Facility Charge, Domestic Departures6/9/20
HKHong KongPassenger Departure Tax2/3/21
HLKyrgyzstanAirport Development Charge International
HMBahrainPassenger Facility Fee2/14/21
HQJordanEmbarkation Tax International11/27/20
HUHungaryAirport Departure Tax11/27/20
HWPeruAirport Departure Tax11/27/20
I2OmanSecurity Fee2/3/21
I5Hong KongPassenger Security Charge2/3/21
I6IranPassenger Safety Oversight Services Fees2/13/21
I8OmanCommon Use Passenger Processing Systems2/3/21
IANew ZealandPassenger Security Charge Intl2/3/21
IDIndonesiaValue Added Tax Passengers Domestic
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 Charge1/13/20
ITItalyEmbarkation Tax8/4/20
IZFrancePassenger Solidarity Tax varies depending on destination and class of service €1.13 – €45.07 as of 20191/20/20
JCVietnamPassenger Service Charge International6/9/20
JDSpainDeparture Charge2/9/21
JGBarbadosPassenger Service Charge International11/27/20
JHBarbadosSecurity Fee International11/27/20
JKEgyptDeparture Fee1/29/21
JMJamaicaStamp Tax11/27/20
JPJapanConsumption Tax6/9/20
JSColombiaTourism Tax
JTJamaicaPassenger Facility Charge11/27/20
K3IndiaGoods And Service Tax Interim Domestic10/31/20
K7Saudi ArabiaValue Added Tax1/13/20
KCArmeniaPassenger Airport and Security Charge2/3/21
KJJordanCivil Aviation Fee
KKNew ZealandPassenger Service Charge Intl Arrival & Departure2/3/21
KOHaitiTerritorial Development Tax10/31/20
KPNorth KoreaPassenger Service Charge International
KTTrinidad and TobagoPassenger Service Charge International2/13/21
KWKuwaitAirport Departure Tax11/27/20
L2KuwaitTransfer Fee
L7SingaporeAirport Development Levy6/9/20
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 Charge11/27/20
M6TurkeyInternational Flights Security Charge2/3/21
MAMoroccoPassenger Service Charge
MJItalyPassenger Service Charge on Departures8/4/20
MMMyanmarPassenger Service Charge11/27/20
MOMacauAirport Security Tax1/6/20
MXMexicoTransportation Tax IVA Domestic
MYMalaysiaPassenger Service And Security Charge2/3/21
N5SudanCommon User Passenger Processing System Cupps Fee2/14/21
N8Costa RicaSales Tax10/31/20
N9PakistanStampTax11/26/20
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 Tax
O2EgyptDeparture Service Fee2/14/21
O4FranceSolidarity Tax Surplus1/20/20
O5ArgentinaInclusive and Solidarity Tax Pais2/3/21
O7JordaySecurity Charge Departures11/27/20
O9EgyptCute Cupps Fee2/14/21
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 Tax
OYGermanyAir Transport Tax2/19/21
P2IndiaAviation Security Fee10/31/20
P4IndonesiaMandatory Travel Insurance Tax Iwjr2/13/21
P5Costa RicaSupplemental Security Fee Departures2/3/21
P6LebanonCovid19 PCR Test Fee2/3/21
PBPakistanAdvance Tax International
PFFrench PolynesiaLocal Departure Tax2/3/21
PHPhilippinesTravel Tax8/4/20
POBahamasPassenger Processing Fee11/27/20
PTPortugalSecurity Tax2/3/21
PXNicaraguaAirport Security Charge2/3/21
PZQatarPassenger Service Charge Arrivals 2/3/21
Q1ArgentinaFiscal Tax Afip Rg2/3/21
Q7EgyptDevelopment Stamp Duty Tax1/29/21
QAQatarAirport Fee Intl11/26/20
QBEcuadorAirport Tax2/3/21
QCAustraliaUsed to be Cairns Airport Authority Fee
QDAustriaAir Transport Levy Domestic 11/27/20
QHEgyptEmbarkation Tax1/29/21
QIEcuadorAirport Auxiliary Facilities Tax 2/3/21
QKJamaica
(Australia)
Airline Passenger Levy
(Formerly was Sydney noise levy)
11/27/20
QOArgentinaCustom And Immigration Services Tax International  2/3/21
QPTurkmenistanPassenger Safety And Airport Development Charge
QRAustraliaPassenger Service Charge Domestic Departure/Arrival6/7/21
QTNigeriaAirport Service Charge2/3/21
QVSpainSecurity Tax2/9/21
QWFrancePassenger Service Charge Domestic1/20/20
QXFrancePassenger Service Charge Intl7/18/20
QXFrancePassenger Service Charge Intl7/18/20
R1UKExceptional Regulatory Charge2/9/21
RAGermanyPassenger Service Charge International Departure2/19/21
RCCanadaHarmonized Sales Tax11/27/20
RDGermanyPassenger Service Charge Domestic Departure11/27/20
RFSerbiaCad Passenger Charge2/3/21
RGPakistanFederal Excise Duty Red2/3/21
RIRussiaTerminal Use Charge (Departure or Arrival)2/3/21
RKTunisiaSecurity Tax12/23/20
RLTunisiaEmbarkation Tax International12/23/20
RNNetherlandsPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
RORomaniaAirport Departure Tax2/3/21
RSSerbiaPassenger Service Charge2/3/21
SGSingaporePassenger Service And Security Fee2/3/21
SPPakistanEmbarkation Fee2/3/21
SQCanadaAirport Improvement Fee11/27/20
SWJapanPassenger Service Facilities Charge Intl2/3/21
TENigeriaSecurity Charge2/3/21
TKJapanInternational Tourist Tax2/3/21
TMTurkmenistanPassenger Airport Tax Departures
TPUAEPassenger Security and Safety Fee2/13/21
TQArgentinaSecurity Tax Domestic And International 2/3/21
TRTurkeyAirport Service Charge International 2/3/21
TSThailandPassenger Service Charge 8/4/20
TTTrinidad and TobagoValue Added Tax2/13/21
TUKenyaPassenger Airport Service Charge Intl
TWTaiwanAirport Service Charge International1/6/20
TYDominican RepublicAerocom Fee Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
UAUkraineSecurity Charge2/3/21
UBUnited KingdomPassenger Service Charge Departures2/9/21
UCJamaicaPassenger Aviation Service Charge Arrivals11/27/20
UDUkraineState Charge2/3/21
UHRussiaSecurity Charge International2/3/21
UJKazakhstanPassenger Service Charge
UKMexicoTourism Tax Derecho No Inmigrante2/3/21
UMSouth AfricaASC Charge2/3/21
UOAustraliaGoods And Services Tax6/7/21
UPIrelandPassenger Charge1/13/20
UQIrelandInspection Pre-clearance Charge
USUnited StatesInternational Arrival/Departure Tax (currently $18.60 each way as of 2019) or 7.5% (as of 2019) US Domestic Transportation Tax3/26/21
UXDominican Republic Airport Authority Fee Arrivals/Departures11/27/20
UZUzbekistan Airport Departure Tax
VBDominican Republic Airport Infrastructure Fee Arrival/Departure11/27/20
VQTurkeyAirport Service Charge Domestic1/6/20
VTItalySecurity Charge8/4/20
VVNetherlandsNoise Isolation Charge2/3/21
WCSouth AfricaAir Passenger Tax2/3/21
WDJamaicaTravel Tax Intl11/27/20
WGAustraliaSafety and Security Charge Departure 6/9/20
WLFinlandPassenger Fee Intl Transfer2/3/21
WNMacaoPassenger Service Charge 1/6/20
WOIndiaPassenger Service Fee10/31/20
WPGreecePassenger Terminal Facilities Charge11/27/20
WQGreecePassenger Security Charge11/27/20
WTEcuadorSecurity Fee2/3/21
WVLibyaAirport Departure Tax12/23/20
WXNew ZealandPassenger Levy Domestic1/6/20
WYAustraliaPassenger Service Charge Departure/Arrival Intl6/9/20
XAUnited StatesAPHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Fee (currently $3.96 as of 2019)3/26/21
XDMexicoAirport Departure Tax Tua Intl2/3/21
XFUnited StatesPassenger Facility Charge (up to $4.50 per applicable airport as of 2019)3/26/21
XGCanadaGoods and Services Tax8/4/20
XKEgyptDevelopment Fee8/27/20
XLEgyptStamp Tax8/27/20
XMLatviaSecurity Charge2/3/21
XOMexicoTransportation Tax IVA International8/4/20
XRArgentinaAirport Tax International 2/3/21
XTExtra tax total, details shown elsewhere
XUFinlandAir Transport Supervision Charge2/3/21
XVMexicoAirport Departure Tax Tua Domestic
XWPolandAirport Tax2/3/21
XYUnited StatesImmigration Fee (currently $7 as of 2021)2/13/21
YASwedenPassenger Charge2/3/21
YCUnited StatesCustoms Fee (currently $5.99 as of 2021)3/26/21
YDPakistanInfrastructure Development Charge2/3/21
YKUkraineAirport Passenger Charge 2/3/21
YMIndiaDevelopment Fee1/13/20
YNVenezuelaLuxury Tax11/27/20
YPPortugalPassenger Service Charge at various airports2/3/21
YQAirlineExtra fee (instead of simply charging a higher fare)2/13/21
YRAirlineExtra fee (instead of simply charging a higher fare)2/3/21
YSColombiaSales Tax IVA11/27/20
YWBoliviaExit Tax1/6/20
YXKuwaitPassenger Service Charge 11/27/20
ZASouth AfricaPassenger Service Charge 2/3/21
ZFBulgariaSecurity Charge2/3/21
ZNNorwayPassenger Charge 11/27/20
ZODenmarkPassenger Service Charge 2/3/21
ZPUnited StatesSegment Tax, goes to FAA1/6/20
ZQChileAirport Facility Charge International8/4/20
ZRUAEIntl Advanced Passenger Info Fee Arrivals & Departures2/19/21
ZUIcelandPassenger Fee Keflavik1/13/20
ZYAustriaPassenger Service Charge 11/27/20
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