In addition to a charge of €3, the day tourists to Venice will also soon have to pre-book their visits. By Sushmita Srivastav
Planning a trip to Venice this year? Keep the permit handy before you enter the city. Bearing in mind the dense tourist inflow from almost all parts of the world every year, the island city of Venice will now be charging an entry fee of €3 (INR 246/-) to each of its day tourists starting May 1, 2019. The tourists there for an overnight stay, however, are exempted since the hotel tariffs in the city already include a tourist fee.
Furthermore, from next year onward, this fee would be charged as per the tourist inflow of the day—€6 (INR 490/-) on heavy traffic days, and €10 (INR 820/-) on peak days. There will also be an online system introduced in 2020 to pre-book visits to the city. Defaulters will have to pay a hefty fine of €100 (INR 8,100/-) that can even go up to €450 (INR 36,000/-)! You can choose to pay for your day visit or snag a Venezia Unica pass, which covers public transportation within the city, and pre-paid entry to a few tourist spots.
Last year, Venice played host to over 20 million tourists who visited just for the day, without spending a night within the city. Outnumbering the total of 55,000 residents, the heavy count of 60,000 tourists a day contributes very little to the economy but imposes a heavy strain on the transport, sewage and other services. Hence, the levy charges will be incorporated into tickets of tourists who arrive by cruise ship, in water taxis and by plane or train, and the money raised would go towards cleaning and maintaining the lagoon city.