VAT refund for travellers

VAT refund for travellers


VAT refund

  • What is the VAT refund ? 
    If you are a traveller whose habitual place of residence is outside the European Union, in a third country such as Canada, you may deduct the value added tax (VAT) from the price of goods bought in France.
  • How does it work ?
    The goods that you buy must be retail purchases made as a visitor and must not be for business purposes.
    To be eligible for a tax refund, the goods must have been bought at the same shop, on the same day and their total value must exceed 175 euros including tax.
    Attention : Not all retailers offer the VAT exemption service.
  • How to get the refund ?
    When you make your purchase, the retailer will give you a VAT refund form. The two pages of the form must be signed by the retailer and yourself.
    By signing both sheets, you are undertaking to complete certain formalities.
    At the time of your definite departure from the European Union, and before checking your luggage, you must present both the goods and the form together for certification by Customs,

    You must have the VAT refund form stamped by Customs.

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If your form has the new  PABLO logo (see image above) and a barcode, you should certify the form using the optical barcode reader stations available at certain departure points (including Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Orly-Sud, Nice-Côte-d’Azur, Lyon-St-Exupéry, Marseille, Marseille-Provence, Geneva and St-Julien-en-Genevois).
This formality must be completed before the end of the third month following the month when goods were purchased.

Warning: The goods must be available for Customs inspection when the forms are stamped. Failure to present them will result in the cancellation of the forms and a possible fine.

More information on the website of the French customs: