VAT Refunds

Travelling to EU?

You could be entitled to a refund of VAT charged on some goods and services.

In the European Union, Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on many goods and services. As an overseas visitor you may be entitled to a refund of the VAT on some of the goods you buy from participating retailers.

 

You are eligible for a VAT refund if:

  • You are a resident outside of European Union

 

The following conditions must be met:

  • You must have spent a minimum amount* per form, per day, per store in the European Union. The minimum amounts* per form vary depending on which country you are in; they are listed in the table below.
  • Your VAT refund form must be fully completed before leaving the retailer
  • Your VAT form must be stamped by Customs within 3 months of the original transaction date and then it is valid for a further 6 months*
 

All forms must be completed in full with the following (minimum requirement):

 

  1. First name, last name and signature
  2. Address of residency outside of the European Union
  3. Passport number
  4. Customs or Pablo scanner validation
  5. Please be aware that this process may take some time. Once your form is validated by Customs, you can also check in and claim your tax refund at a Travelex store after securit+

Please keep your original purchase receipt, it might be requested when claiming your VAT back.

 

How to claim your VAT refund with Travelex at the airport  - 3 easy steps!

  1. SHOP in European Union and request your refund form
    •  When you purchase goods, inform the retailer immediately that you wish to reclaim VAT. They will give you a VAT Refund form to complete and sign.
     
  2. COMPLETE the form and GET IT VALIDATED by Customs at the airport 
    •  Ensure you complete the VAT refund form and go to Customs or Pablo scanner before security at the airport. They will check your goods and validate your VAT Refund forms.
     
  3. COLLECT YOUR CASH refund at Travelex stores
    • Claim your VAT back in cash at Travelex stores and get a discount on commission when you exchange in your home currency.
 

 

*Minimum to spend in Europe to be eligible to VAT Refund - per form/per VAT operator

EU country

Global Blue

Premier Tax Free

Other VAT operators*

Austria

€ 75.01

€ 75.01

€ 75.01

Belgium

€ 75.01

€ 75.01

 

Croatia

740 HRK

 

 

Cyprus

€ 50

 

 

Czech Rep

2001 CZK

2001 CZK

 

Denmark

300 DKK

 

 

Estonia

€ 38.01

€ 38.01

 

Finland

€ 40

 

 

France

€175.01

€175.01

€175.01

Germany

25€ per article

 

 

Greece

€ 120

 

 

Hungary

52.001 HUF

52.001 HUF

 

Ireland

no min.

€ 30

 

Italy

€154.94

€154.94

€154.94

Latvia

30.50 LVL

 

 

Lithuania

200 LTL

 

 

Luxembourg

€ 74

€ 74

 

Netherlands

€ 50

€ 50

 

Norway

285 NOK

 

 

Poland

200 PLN

 

 

Portugal

credit card refund

 

  • 23%-€61.35
  • 13% -€56.36
  • 22%-€60.85
  • 6%-€52.87

 

€61.35

Slovakia

€175.01

 

 

Slovenia

€50.01

 

 

Spain

€90.16

€90.16

€90.16

Sweden

200 SEK

200 SEK

Norwegian and Aland islands residents: 2000 SEK

 

Switzerland

300 CHF

300 CHF

 

UK

£30

£25

Harvey Nicols: £50

€ 30

*other VAT Operators: Euro Free shopping, Tax Refund for Tourists, Simply Tax Free, Innova Tax free

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