Nicaragua will temporarily exempt VAT to promote tourism

Managua, Aug 31 (EFE) .- The Government of Nicaragua announced this Tuesday that it will exempt the Value Added Tax (VAT) for certain consumer establishments next September, to promote tourism, in the context of the 200th anniversary of independence.

The exemption will be valid from September 14 to 17 “on sales in food, beverage and lodging establishments to promote more and more tourist celebration meetings,” said Vice President Rosario Murillo, through government media.

The days without VAT will coincide with the state holidays scheduled for September 10 to 19, with which the Government of Nicaragua will commemorate the bicentennial of the independence of Central America from the Spanish Crown.

The also wife of President Daniel Ortega affirmed that the measure will allow Nicaraguan families to do tourism, “that taking care of ourselves responsibly we go, from place to place, admiring, appropriating more and more of our cultural wealth.”

This is the second consecutive year that the Government of Nicaragua has promoted tourism in the context of the pandemic, having done so for the first time in 2020, six months after the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which produces covid-19, was detected in the country.

Measures like these have been criticized by the Nicaraguan medical union and have aroused concern in the World Health Organization (WHO).

This Tuesday the Ministry of Health reported that the pandemic has left 200 dead and 11,538 confirmed cases since March 2020, figures that are not accepted by local medical sectors.

The official data are different from those shown by the independent Covid-19 Citizen Observatory, a network of doctors and volunteers that monitors the pandemic, which account for 4,002 deaths from pneumonia and other symptoms related to the disease, as well as 22,086 cases suspects, same that the Ministry of Health does not know.

The Government of Nicaragua has insisted that it applies the so-called “singular strategy” against covid-19, which consists of safeguarding economic activity and promoting activities with minimal restrictions.

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