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Tax Free Shopping in Greece


Tips and guidelines for shopping tax free in Greece

GET IT
Look for stores displaying Global Blue Tax Free Shopping signage in the window.

When paying for your purchases ask the shop staff for a Tax Free Form.

Tax Free Forms are available in two versions, one blue, and one white. Fill in all the required fields in block letters, using the Latin alphabet.

Remember: Incomplete Tax Free Form = No refund

STAMP IT
At the airport please allow enough time for the refund process before your flight departs.

Before you check in for your flight, go to the Customs desk and present your completed Tax Free Form, passport and purchases to get a stamp on your form.

Make sure the goods are sealed and unused. Don’t pack them away in your check-in luggage as you will need to show them to the Customs Officer.

ADDITIONAL STAMPING : YES
In case you didn’t manage to obtain customs stamp when leaving Greece, visit any EU country and go through the EU Customs again.You must re – export your unused goods in original package and:

  • Obtain customs stamp additionally when exiting EU within 3 months from the month of purchase;
  • Send your stamped original Tax Free Form to Global Blue Processing Centre.

The stamped Greek Form is valid 90 days from the month of purchase.

Global Blue needs to receive and check your stamped Form within this period to ensure smooth processing of your refund.

Remember: No Customs Stamp = No Refund

CASH IT
Go to a Refund office displaying the Global Blue logo.

Present your stamped and completed Tax Free Forms to receive the refund in cash or to a credit card.

In a rush? Mail your stamped completed Tax Free Forms to the address of the Processing Centre and receive your refund on your credit card. 

Please observe that at some airports a cash handling fee per "Form" will be charged should you require an Immediate Refund in cash.

NB: The refund you receive is the VAT minus Global Blue’s service fee.

USEFUL INFO

Shoppers eligible for Tax Free Shopping

  • If you have a permanent residence in a non-EU country.
  • If you are older than 18 years.
     

VAT Rate

  • 17% - applicable for the following Greek islands:

    Lesvos Lemnos, Chios, Kos, Patmos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Kasos, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos, Kastellorizo, Samos, Icaria, Samothrace
     
  • 24% - applicable for the Mainland and the rest of Greek islands
     

Minimum purchase amount
50 EUR

Tax Free goods

  • Refunds are paid on all goods that are exported in the traveller’s personal luggage.
  • Non-refundable goods:

                     ●Alcohol & food

                     ●Lubricants for ships
 

Tax Free Form

  • The Form is valid 90 days from the month of purchase.
  • The Form must be duly stamped by Greek or any other EU country customs within 3 months from the month of purchase.
  • Apart from the Greek customs stamp, the Form also have to state the name of the Greek customs officer.
     

Tips

  • The post delivery  is free of charge from all the world if you use the Global Blue prepaid envelope provided by the shop. Note that it is sent by regular post.
  • If you have not received the prepaid envelope you can use a standard envelope (at your expense)
  • In order to prevent a possible loss of the documents, we recommend you to use secured mail service (e.g. registered mail or courier- at your expense)
  • Before sending the documents, please make a copy of them or write down Tax Free Form number (DOC ID) of each Form for your reference.
  • In order to assure smooth processing of your refund send us just Tax Fee Forms filled in completely and correctly

How to fill in Tax Free Form

Address of Processing Centre

  • Tax Free Forms are processed in  Global Blue Slovakia.

Please send the valid, duly filled in and export verified Tax Free Form to the following address

For standard and registered mail:
Global Blue
P.O.BOX 363
810 00 Bratislava
Slovakia
Europe

For courier:

Global Blue
Prievozska
4D/Block E
821 09 Bratislava
Slovakia
Europe

 

If you have any questions
http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/contact-us/

For frequently asked questions visit
http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/faqs/


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