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Tax Free Shopping in South Korea

Tips and guidelines for shopping tax free in South Korea

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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

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

After 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.

Don’t pack the goods away in your check-in luggage as you will need to show them to the Customs Officer.

In case you didn’t manage to obtain customs stamp when leaving South Korea, go through the South Korean Customs again.

You must re – export your unused goods in original package and:

  • Obtain customs stamp additionally when exiting South Korea within 3 months from the date of purchase;
  • Receive cash refund at Refund Office, or KIOSK, or send stamped original Tax Free Form to:

Global Blue Korea Co. Ltd.,
6 Floor. Yellow Ballon Bldg,
31, Soopyo-ro, Jung-gu, 04552
Seoul, Korea

The stamped South Korean Form is valid 3 months after the date indicated on customs stamp.

Remember: No Customs Stamp = No Refund

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 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.

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


Shoppers eligible for Tax Free Shopping

  • If you have a permanent residence outside South Korea.
  • If you are a foreign visitor to South Korea who stays for no longer than 6 months.
  • If you are a South Korean national living oversees for more than 2 years, who is visiting South Korea for no longer than 3 months.

You are not eligible for Tax refund in South Korea, if:

  • If you receive a salary from a company located in South Korea.
  • If you are a member of cabin crew or flight crew of the aircraft who works at Korea Flight Company.
  • If you are a South Korean diplomat, who works in South Korea or overseas.
  • If you are a foreign diplomat, who works in South Korea.

Refund Kiosks

  • Located at Seoul Gimpo Airport, Daegu Airport and Incheon Aiport
  • Ask retailer for more detailed information about Kiosks before issuing Tax Free Form for you
  • Kiosks provide export customs validation of Tax Free Forms and cash refund afterwards
  • Export customs validation and cash refund can be received from a Kiosk if the refund amount is up to:

    - 3000000 KRW (Daegu Airport and Incheon Airport)
    - 177000 KRW (Gimpo Airport)
  • If the refund amount is higher (or you want to receive refund on your credit card), follow the above instructions (sections STAMP IT, CASH IT)

VAT Rate
Standard rate: 10%

Minimum purchase amount
30,000 KRW

Tax Free goods
Refunds are paid on all goods that are exported in the traveller’s personal luggage.

Tax Free Form

  • The Form is valid 3 months after the date indicated on customs stamp.
  • The Form must be duly stamped by official South Korean Customs within 3 months from the date of purchase.

Address of Processing Centre
Global Blue Korea Co. Ltd
6 Floor. Yellow Ballon Bldg,
31, Soopyo-ro, Jung-gu, 04552
Seoul, Korea


  • The post delivery is free of charge from South Korea 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

If you have any questions

For frequently asked questions visit

Refund Points

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