Venice 2024 has finally revealed the details for its entrance day fee, making it the first city in the world to charge daytripper visitors. According to the mayor, Venice authorities have committed to a 30-day “experiment” in charging this fee.
This post has been updated with dates: 01/25/24
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In 2019, Venice delayed the implementation of a visitor fee for daytrippers. This was in part, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city then looked to implement this fee in 2022, then delayed it again in 2023.
It’s important to note:
- Tourists over the age of 14 will be required to pay the fee
- overnight visitors who book a hotel stay are already subject to a different tax
Looking Ahead – Venice 2024
Starting in the spring of 2024, this €5-day tax will be implemented. This is in an effort to prevent over-tourism in a city known as one of the top destinations in Italy. It is a true fact that tourists outnumber the residents of Venice. The city has now released a schedule for 2024. Additional dates may be added to this process later in the year. We will update this post as we find new information.
Applicable Dates in 2024
- April 25-30
- May 1-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
- June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
- July 6-7, 13-14
Every person visiting Venice on these days must complete the application process for each day they are in Venice and be able to produce the QR code generated after payment as proof. You can be fined up to €300 if you are stopped and can’t provide your QR code.
You can pay the fee and/or apply for an exemption (available to those staying overnight in Venice and children under the age of 14) by going online to the official website.
Venice 2024: Tourist Group Size Also Being Limited
Venice has also announced new limits on the size of tourist groups that will be allowed this year. This is the latest move to reduce the pressure of mass tourism on the famous canal city.
Starting in June, a tour group will be limited to 25 people. These smaller groups should (and I say should) limit the use of loudspeakers necessary by guides to communicate with huge groups. The larger groups generated confusion and disturbance throughout the city. This new policy is aimed at improving the movement of tour groups within the historic center, as well as the adjacent islands.
The Preservation of Venice 2024
In the last several years, the city of Venice has made great efforts to preserve its city. The most well-known was the announcement of banning large cruise ships from passing through the canals. This controversial law gave Venice a temporary reprieve from the UNESCO World Heritage danger list. However, UNESCO currently is concerned that the efforts were not enough and might indeed add it to this list.
ETIAS in 2024
You should be aware by now that travelers to Europe will also be paying an extra fee when ETIAS, European Travel Information and Authorization System goes into effect. This fee will cost €7 and will be valid for three years. Keep in mind though, that it is either this timeframe (it being valid for three years) or until the expiration date of a person’s travel document.
Determining the Days of the Week
It’s been noted that the authorities will scatter the day charges across the year, choosing the days that are predicted to be the busiest. The list above is just the first round presented as of now. It’s a sure bet that holiday weekends and peak Carnival periods will be chosen as “those days.” Again, the intent is to regulate crowds, encourage longer visits, and improve the quality of life for Venice residents. It will be interesting to see how this city looks… “Venice 2024.”
There is quite a bit of chatter about this. What surprises me in a way is people are actually saying the fee could be more. Tourists would be willing to pay up to €10 to help this iconic city stay afloat and preserve its architecture. We shall see what Venice 2024 has in store for us. Will it stop tourists from visiting? Personally, I don’t think so. What’s your opinion? We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions.