The inconvenience and high cost of hosting massive numbers of tourists has caused the City Council to think of ways to still provide tourist access to the historic city while protecting the interests of her citizens. The plan they are implementing includes a day-visitor tax, which begins on July 1, 2020. The amount of tax required is based on the season: Low: €3, High: €8, Critical: €10. This tax is intended for any person who arrives in the city by plane, cruise ship, motor coach, train, or water taxi and does not stay overnight in a hotel (or local home).
The thought behind the day-trip tax is that on an annual basis millions of daily visitors increase operational costs and extreme congestion in the city without sharing in the financial burden of the general upkeep and other services and scenery provided by the city. Locals and hotel guests are bearing the costs and suffering the inconvenience of massive crowds who enter the city on a port call for a cruise line or an itinerary stop on a motor coach tour.
City authorities are implementing other measures to bring order to the famous city, as well. These measures include penalizing those who eat in public outside the parameters of a restaurant (e.g., on a church step), those who walk around without a shirt, and those who swimming in the canals. The fine for any of these offenses could be as high as €500.