Guests visiting from outside the EU can receive tax refunds on their shopping
Goods in Germany are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) and as a non-EU resident, you can reclaim up to 19% of the VAT on any items purchased in the Village, provided the goods are exported and the claim is made within three months of the purchase.
How does it work?
Ask in the boutiques
Ask for a tax-refund receipt when you make a purchase of €50 or more.
Fill in your details
Add your name (exactly as it appears on your passport), address and passport number to each VAT refund form when you make a purchase.
Validate your receipts
When you leave the EU, present your completed forms, receipts, passport and purchases at the customs desk so they can validate your tax-free shopping.
Receive an instant cash refund
It is also possible to claim a refund with companies such as Global Blue and Premier Tax Free, who usually have offices at the airport and in city centres.
Present your completed VAT refund forms, passport and your credit card with at least six months’ validity to them to receive an immediate cash refund.
Remember, you’ll still need to have your VAT refund forms certified when you leave the EU within 21 days of visiting Global Blue or Premier Tax Free. If you’re on a connecting flight to another EU destination, have your form validated at your first departure point and this will be treated as EU departure point.