WHO IS ENTITLED TO TAX-FREE GOODS?
Leisure travellers whose usual place of residence is in a country outside the European Union are entitled to have VAT deducted from the purchases that they have made in France. The visitor concerned must be aged 16 or more and be visiting France for a period of less than 6 months.
PREPARE YOUR SHOPPING SPREE WELL
The purchases, of a touristic nature, must be made at a retailer that offers tax free shopping, on the same day in the same shop for an amount exceeding €175, inclusive of tax. The retailer then tells the buyer what they must do in order to claim back the VAT and gives them the sales slip for export. The buyer must show their passport to the retailer in the shop to prove their non-resident status.
Where to buy duty-free goods in Paris
Many shops offer tax-refund services.
-Aéroports de Paris shops : two Parisian airports, Orly et Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, each have several dozen duty-free shops (Perfume, Cosmetics, Wines and Spirits, Tobacco, Gastronomy and Confectionery).
-Vallée Village is a shopping outlet for major fashion and luxury brands. Every year, shops offer products from previous seasons’ collections at reduced prices. All shops offer duty-free shopping and the Vallée Village has its own tax-refund office.
-One Nation Paris is the largest luxury and fashion outlet in France and the first one with a global tax-refund policy.
Shops in Paris offering tax refund:
-Several shops in the Eurostar departure lounge at the gare du Nord
-Shops in the Passage du Havre shopping centre (except food and drink outlets)
-Several shops in the Carrousel du Louvre and perfume shops on rue de Rivoli, opposite the Louvre
-The first Green Jeweler, OR DU MONDE in the 14th arrondissement
How to get a tax refund
To be entitled to a tax refund, you must present the duty-free slip at customs on leaving France. You may be asked to produce the objects purchased so that they can be verified. You can easily obtain an electronic duty-free slip by using the Pablo terminals at the airports.
For an immediate VAT refund, you should present all your documents at the tax refund desk at the airport, the port or the train station from which you are departing. Otherwise, you must send the documents by post to a tax refund office such as Detaxe SAS, Premier Tax Free, Global Blue or Detaxe.com.
Customs information telephone number: 0 811 20 44 44
A LAST PIECE OF ADVICE BEFORE LEAVING THE EU VIA FRANCE
Allow the necessary time for refund formalities to avoid stress on the day of departure. The visitor must take the sales slip for export to complete these formalities at customs before checking in baggage and before the end of the third month following the date of purchase.
Passengers who do not leave the European Union via France, and who travel via international rail can also claim the VAT back! All the details can be found on the dedicated page of the Ministry of Finance and Public Accounts.
SELECTION OF SHOPS
Please find below a non-exhaustive selection of Parisian shops offering tax reclaim for leisure travellers.