Airport Reciprocity Fee, Only For Americans
While I scoured the .gov pages prior to my travel to Chile, there was absolutely no mention of a $131.00 Reciprocity Fee. One expects an airport fee, one that is charged to all travelers, however I noted that the Europeans travelling in Chile did not have to pay this fee. It was reserved for Americans. I had neither planned, nor budgeted for such a steep fee. When I protested, I was told it is a yearly fee, and that I would not have to pay again for a year. I'm wondering how they would know who has paid and who hasn't, unless you have your paid receipt to produce. Reciprocity refers to the fact, you rub my back, I rub yours, which made me question at the time, if this were a George Bush fee? There was no way to get around this fee if you are to enter the country. You are allowed to pay by credit card however.