pay your tax online… not!

November 29, 2010 | By More

Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronhabaia do Sancho, Fernando de NoronhaFernando de Noronha, BrasilFernando de Noronha

1. The situation

As many of you are aware, the state of Pernambuco, administratively responsible for the idyllic Fernando de Noronha, charges a hefty environmental tax to all tourists arriving in the island.

On the island’s official website several sections announce that you can save time on arrival to the island by “prepaying your environmental tax online”.

But the truth is that when the foreign tourist piously believes that statement and fills online all his personal details, it finds out that to complete the payment of the tax he needs to print a form and take it to a Brazilian bank – in person!

2. Our comment

Fernando de Noronha is one of the most expensive and exclusive tourist destinations in Brazil. It receives a substantial amount of foreign tourists with a high purchasing power (the kind of tourist the Ministry of Tourism is fond of) and charges them an expensive environmental tax. To force foreigners to pay that tax at a Brazilian bank simply denies them the chance of paying the tax previous to their arrival in the island.

3. Our solution

Considering the vast amount of money collected through the environmental tax by the State of Pernambuco, there is no reason why an online credit card payment system shouldn’t be in place.

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