Canadian travelers may have been overcharged for quarantined hotel stays


Traveler advises others to check their hotel bill for tax charges

Mexico Daily News received advice from a reader and former hotel owner that some Canadian hotels have misapplied taxes on hotel quarantine packages and as a result may have overcharged many guests up to CAD 100.

Canada’s quarantine for returning travelers in early 2021 included a mandatory hotel stay. Quarantine packages often cost over CA $ 1,000, plus tax.

The former owner of the hotel himself was wrongly taxed. After speaking with the hotel manager, he was refunded a portion of the taxes he had paid.

He advised travelers to ask the hotel for a detailed breakdown of their bill to see if taxes were being applied correctly. Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) should only be applied to the room, not the entire package. In British Columbia, the same is true for the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on short-term accommodation. Tips should not be taxed, he said.

• If you have paid for one of Canada’s mandatory quarantine hotel packages, have you been wrongly taxed? Did you get a refund? Email us at [email protected].

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