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VAT refunds, what are they and how do i get mine?

Travel Forums Asia VAT refunds, what are they and how do i get mine?

1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 10y

So what are VAT refunds? What are they? Hhow does it work to get a refund when you leave a country? For example i see VAT refund stations everytime I go to Thailand (in the Bangkok airport).

I spend a lot when I go to Thailand so I'd like to get the refund if it is anyway possible.


2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Basically you get the tax back that you paid when purchasing an item that you are taking out of the country. On any major purchase, ask for the VAT form and fill it out. When you leave the country, those VAT refund stations will give the tax charged back to you. I have seen it work, but not personally. I am such a 'cheap charlie' that I never buy anything expensive enought to warrent the effort.

3. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 10y

I have used one of these before, you take your receipt to the customs people at the airport and you fill a form putting in your details ie name address...... customs look at your receipt and stamp the form and you post it in one of the boxes, months later a cheque for the refunded tax will appear through your letter box at home. this does take a long time for the cheque to come through but it normally does. I beleive the last one I did took about 60 days to come through but at least it did!

4. Posted by ahernster (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y just get a sort of card? or keep all your recipts? confusion kicking in!

5. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 10y

Just keep your receipts and hand them in at the airport customs desk they will fill in the form for you from information off your receipt. They give you the form back and you put it in a special mail box at the airport, months/weeks later you get a cheque for the tax refund

6. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 10y

Bear in mind that you have to show the good too at the airport, if it is something small make sure its at the top of your case!

Its a collective amount you need to spend in any one store (not the value of a single item)

Not sure what the value is in Thailand, but sure you can ask in any of the stores displaying the signs. You will need your passport when filling out the form in the store.

As an expat I can claim back my the taxes on anything i buy even in the UK. Have to say, I seldom do it - i either forget, dont have my passport or just in general cannot be bothered!