The new maritime tax will bring in an enormous amount of money if one considers the sheer size of most cruiseships docking in Ponta Delgada every year

Azores to implement €3 eco-tax on cruise ship tourists

The Azores regional parliament has approved a proposal by PAN to create a maritime eco-tax to be levied on cruise tourism in the sum of €3 per person. The draft regional legislative decree on the creation of the ecotax was approved on the fourth and final day of the plenary session of the Regional Legislative Assembly, which takes place in Horta, on the island of Faial, with the votes in favour of PS (24 members), PSD (20), CDS-PP (three), BE (two), PPM (two), PAN (one) and the independent deputy, a vote against the deputy of IL and the abstention of the parliamentarian of Chega. According to the document, the tax will be levied on anyone “who disembarks from a cruise ship or pleasure craft calling at the region’s terminals” and is due by passengers without tax residence in the Azores, aged 10 years or over.