‘Détaxe’ tax refund and duty free

Shopping with no VAT: how to benefit from tax-free goods?

Aéroport de Paris - Charles-de-Gaulle, boutique Buy Paris Duty Free © LAFONTAN, Mikaël et SEIGNETTE, Olivier pour Aéroports de Paris

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.

-Several Paris department stores have tax-refund counters: Galeries Lafayette, the Printemps, the BHV Marais or the Bon Marché Rive Gauche.

Shops in Paris offering tax refund:

-Top luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès

-Fnac shops in Paris: Fnac des Champs-Élysées, Fnac des Halles, Fnac des Ternes, Fnac Saint Lazare

-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

You can register for a tax refund with operators in Paris such as Detaxe SAS, and the Bureau de Change Kanoo.

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.

More info

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.

Chopard Adhérent

Souvenirs - toys
1 place Vendôme, Paris, 75001

The Swiss jewellery and watch maker presents an award every year at the sought-after Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and......

OR DU MONDE Adhérent

Souvenirs - toys | Haute couture, luxury | Accessories
30 rue Daguerre, Paris, 75014

First Green Jeweler in Paris, OR DU MONDE transform the jewelry industry to make it cleaner and more transparent. Fair-trade &......

Paris Aéroport - Charles-de-Gaulle - Shopping Duty Free Adhérent

Art de vivre | Souvenirs - toys | Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.) | Haute couture, luxury | Leatherwear and other bags | Vins & alcools
Aéroport de Paris - Charles-de-Gaulle, Roissy-en-France, 95700

The essence of the city can be found here. With 280 shops, 130 bars and restaurants, and 50 attentive services, the Paris......

Paris Aéroport - Orly - Shopping Duty Free Adhérent

Art de vivre | Souvenirs - toys | Gastronomy (caterers, confectioners, etc.) | Haute couture, luxury | Leatherwear and other bags | Vins & alcools
Aéroport Paris - Orly, Orly, 94300

Welcome to Paris Aéroport - Shopping Duty Free, where you can shop for the best in luxury brands from France and worldwide.......

Au Pullman Adhérent

Souvenirs/jouets
70 rue d'Amsterdam, Paris, 75009

Au PULLMAN, France’s oldest miniature train shop (1946). A guarantee of service for your miniature train! Shop: marklin......

JCB International (Europe) Ltd, Adhérent

Marketing (E-communication/publication/telecommunications, etc.) | Others
10 rue de la Paix, Paris, 75002

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in......

Laulhère Adhérent

Hats | Concept stores, multi-brands | Haute couture, luxury | Women's fashion | Men's fashion | Accessories
14 -16 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75008

Since 1840, Laulhere combines know how, tradition and innovation to offer probably the most desirable beret in the world.......

La Vallée Village Adhérent

Stock outlets | Shopping centres
3 cours de la Garonne, Serris - Marne-la-Vallée, 77700
Book

Just 35 minutes from Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris, La Vallée Village brings together 110 fashion and luxury......

Le BHV Marais Adhérent

Department stores
52 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75004
Book

Ideally located in the heart of Paris, facing the Hotel de Ville and Notre-Dame, in the most touristic, trendy and cultural area,......

MisteRugby Adhérent

Sportswear
40 rue Saint Jacques, Paris, 75005

Misterugby is an unmissable rugby shop in Paris. You can find: jerseys, rugby balls, clothes and equipment. Come and discover......

One Nation Paris Adhérent

Shopping centres | Stock outlets
1 avenue du Président Kennedy, Les Clayes sous Bois, 78340

Ideally situated 10 minutes away from the Château de Versailles and 30 minutes from Paris, One Nation Paris Luxury & Fashion......

Printemps Adhérent

Department stores
64 boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 75009

Created in 1865 by the visionary Jules Jaluzot and listed as a historical monument, Printemps Haussmann is today one of Paris's......

Printemps du Louvre Adhérent

Souvenirs - toys | Department stores | Haute couture, luxury | Leatherwear and other bags
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

Printemps is entering the Carrousel du Louvre with a 2,500m² new store entirely dedicated to luxury products. Discover this new......