The VAT Refund: All you need to know

Please note: the decision for granting a tax refund is the sole decision of the French custom services. The Consulate General only represents these services, and cannot guarantee the outcome of your request.



The VAT Refund Forms for exportation (outside France) is a procedure which allows people visiting France for a period of less than 6 months, and who reside outside the European Union, to benefit from a VAT exemption when exporting certain merchandise bought in stores authorized to practice this tax exoneration.

For detailed information about the conditions of purchasing VAT refunded products, please read the following brochure (in French, English and Spanish) by the French customs services:

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The purchase must be a retail product of touristic, non-commercial nature. This procedure may also be applied to a product bought online, under the condition it was delivered within France’s borders along with the invoice, to be presented with the request for an “export visa”.

The tourist has three months, from the date of the purchase, to present both the retailer’s invoice and the actual merchandise to the Customs services of the final port he or she will be leaving the European Union from.

Last modified on 18/10/2019

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