What is Tax Free Shopping?

Our famous Tax Free Shopping icon is universally recognised and sought after by globe shoppers as the sign of a great deal, all over the world.

Global Blue Tax Free Shopping is a three stage process

Issuing

The eligible traveller pays the full price for the goods including VAT in the shop. We gives you a Tax Free Form to complete in order to claim back their VAT.

Validation

On their departure from the country, the traveller presents the goods together with the Tax Free Form and their passport to a customs officer who stamps the forms to validate the export of the purchased goods.

Refund

The traveller claims back the VAT by visiting a Global Blue refund point or sending the Tax Free Form back to Global Blue. They can receive their refund in cash or to a credit card. The merchant deducts the refunded VAT from their periodic tax return.