Day tourist tax for river and sea cruise passengers

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As of 1 January 2019, the City of Amsterdam has set a Day Tourist Tax for TRANSIT sea cruise and river cruise passengers that moor within the municipal boundaries of Amsterdam. 

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For whom should Day Tourist Tax be paid?

  • TRANSIT-passengers, for whom Amsterdam is a stopover.
  • Mooring in Amsterdam (not in another municipality)

The tax rate is 8 euro per person from 2 years old, per day (24 hours - or a part of it). Crew members are excluded from tourist tax.

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How it works

Declaration process for river cruise operators

  • The declaration for river cruise ships is carried out via the Easydock app. Existing customers of Port of Amsterdam have a login code for this. New customers can request the application and login via easydock.portofamsterdam.com.
  • For the procedure to be handled correctly the captain also has to have a personal login code for Easydock and have the app installed on a smartphone, desktop or tablet. Find more information here.
  • Those making reservations for river cruise ships enter in advance the expected number of TRANSIT passengers in Easydock.
  • It is required to enter in EasyDock the maximum number of passengers (MAX-PAX) for any of your ships calling on Port of Amsterdam.
  • The captain confirms the definite number of passengers within 5 days of departure in Easydock.
  • Captains of all river-cruise calls must ALWAYS complete and confirm the Sailing Report in EasyDock on departure, up to a maximum of 30 days after ATD.
  • The declaration is definite once the approval of the captain has been received in Easydock. The person making the reservation receives a confirmation of this declaration (declaration confirmation).
  • Click here to watch the video on how to declare in Easydock

Declaration process for sea cruise operators

  • For sea cruise ships, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) will make a declaration within 5 days of departure via the ‘for invoicing purposes’ form and enter the final  number of passengers in Easydock.
  • The ‘for invoicing purposes’ form is the same form currently signed by both shipping company and PTA for the cross-charging of the terminal fee.
  • The shipping company receives a confirmation of the declaration via the agent including the amount for the Day Tourist Tax.
  • Click here to watch the video on how to declare in Easydock

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Day Tourist Tax collection

Port of Amsterdam collects this tax on behalf of the City of Amsterdam. This is separate from other harbour dues.

Verification of passenger numbers

Port of Amsterdam verifies the passenger numbers provided. There is no need to submit passenger lists.


Declaration and payment term

The declaration is to be made preferably within 5 days (but no later than a month) of departure. The payment of the Day Tourist Tax, with reference to the declaration number, must be completed by bank transfer within one month of departure. The bank account number is stated on the declaration.

 

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Riviercruise voorbeeld 1

River cruise examples

Example 1 of 3

River cruise ship B moors at De Ruijterkade Oost in Amsterdam at 18:00 hrs. and departs the same day at 23:55 hrs. The ship has:

  • 100 passengers for whom Amsterdam is the start of their cruise
  • 50 passengers for whom Amsterdam is the end of their cruise
  • 20 passengers for whom Amsterdam is a stopover

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file one declaration  and pay  € 160,- Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: The Day Tourist Tax applies only to the 20 TRANSIT passengers for whom Amsterdam is a stopover and is calculated as follows: The total duration of the visit is 5 hours and 55 minutes, which means that there will be a charge for 1 day: 20 * € 8 = € 160.


Example 2 of 3

Riviercruise voorbeeld 2

On 20/5/2019 river cruise ship A moors in Zaanstad with 150 TRANSIT passengers and visits Amsterdam by touring car.

Answer

Answer: No declaration is required and  en you do not have to pay Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax applies only within the municipal boundaries of Amsterdam and does not apply in Zaanstad.


Example 3 of 3

Riviercruise voorbeeld 3

On 2/4/2019 at 8:00 hrs. river cruise ship C moors at De Ruijterkade West in Amsterdam. 150 passengers embark for whom Amsterdam is the start of their cruise.

The river cruise ship departs the same day at 19:00 hrs. for Zaanstad for an excursion programme. On 4/4/2019 at 8:00 hrs. the ship returns to Amsterdam and is moored at the Westerdoksdijk. For the 150 passengers Amsterdam is now a stopover on their cruise. On 5/4/2019 the ship departs at 19:00 hrs. for Arnhem.

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file 2 declarations and pay  € 2400,- Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax does not apply to the first visit (2/4/2019) as Amsterdam is the start of the cruise for all passengers. A declaration does, however, have to be made.

As the 2nd visit to Amsterdam (4/4/2019 to 5/4/2019) is a stopover for all passengers, Day Tourist Tax is charged. The total duration of the visit is 35 hours, which means that there will be a charge for 2 days: 150 * € 8 * 2= € 2,400.

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Sea cruise examples

Example 1 of 5

On 5/5/2019 at 8:00 hrs. sea cruise ship A moors at PTA in Amsterdam with 2,000 TRANSIT passengers and departs the same day at 16:00 hrs.

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file one declaration and pay € 16.000,- Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax applies to all 2,000 TRANSIT passengers and is calculated as follows: The total duration of the visit is 8 hours, which means that there will be a charge for 1 day: 2000 * € 8 = € 16,000.


Example 2 of 5

Zeecruise voorbeeld 2

On 7/6/2019 sea cruise ship B moors in IJmuiden with 3,000 TRANSIT passengers and visits Amsterdam by touring car.

Answer

Answer: No declaration is required and no Day Tourist Tax will be applied.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax applies only within the municipal boundaries of Amsterdam and does not apply in IJmuiden.


Example 3 of 5

Zeecruise voorbeeld 3
Op 20/8/2019 sea cruise ship C moors at PTA in Amsterdam with 3,000 TURNAROUND passengers who disembark the same day and for whom Amsterdam is the end of the cruise. Before the passengers leave for Schiphol Airport, they visit Amsterdam. On the same day, another 3,000 passengers come on board for whom Amsterdam is the start of their cruise.

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file a declaration but  do not have to pay Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: This example involves only TURNAROUND passengers. Day Tourist Tax is charged only for TRANSIT passengers.


Example 4 of 5

Zeecruise voorbeeld 4
On 12/4/2019 at 7:00 hrs. sea cruise ship D moors at the Waterland terminal in the Westhaven in Amsterdam with 1,500 TRANSIT passengers and 300 TURNAROUND passengers. It departs the same day at 23:55 hrs.

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file a declaration and have to pay € 12.000,- Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax applies within the municipal boundaries of Amsterdam and therefore applies also to the Waterland terminal. The Day Tourist Tax applies only to the 1,500 TRANSIT passengers and is calculated as follows: The total duration of the visit is 16 hours and 55 minutes, which means that there will be a charge for 1 day: 1500 * €8 = €12,000.


Example 5 of 5

Zeecruise voorbeeld 5
On 2/4/2019 sea cruise ship E moors at PTA in Amsterdam at 18:00 hrs. and departs a day later on 3/4/2019 at 19:00 hrs. 1,000 passengers come on board the ship for whom Amsterdam is the start of their cruise. 2,000 passengers disembark for whom Amsterdam is the end of their cruise. For 900 passengers Amsterdam is a stopover on their trip. 60 of these 900 passengers do not leave the ship.

Answer

Answer: You'll have to file a declaration and pay € 14.400,- Day Tourist Tax.

Explanation: Day Tourist Tax applies to the 900 TRANSIT passengers for whom Amsterdam is a stopover (therefore also for the 60 passengers who do not leave the ship) and is calculated as follows: The total duration of the visit is 25 hours, which means that there will be a charge for 2 days: 900 * € 8 * 2= € 14,400.

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Submit an objection for day tourist tax

Do you disagree with the amount (s) of your day tourist tax assessment? Then you can object. The legal period of 6 weeks within which objections can be made starts from the moment that payment is made (= decision date).

In your notice of objection you state:

  • Your name and address
  • The registration number of the assessment
  • The reason for the objection
  • The date

If you wish, you can be heard by a hearing committee.


Objection via web form, e-mail or post

You can use a web form for your objection.
If you are unable to make use of this option, you can send your notice of objection by e-mail to toeristenbelasting@portofamsterdam.com or by post to: 
Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. 
t.a.v. Bezwaar Toeristenbelasting 
Postbus 19406 
1000 GK Amsterdam 
Registratienummer: 19500069 

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Contact

Questions about Day Tourist Tax can be submitted by e-mail via toeristenbelasting@portofamsterdam.com.