Before leaving Paris, be sure to collect your tax refund at CDG. VAT refund in Paris is a refund of the Value Added Tax on your purchases and can be claimed back before you leave the country if you're not a resident of France. This is often called 'detaxe' or tax refund. Continue reading this article to learn if you're eligible for a tax refund in Paris.
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ELIGIBILITY FOR A TAX REFUND AT PARIS AIRPORTS
Before arriving at a Paris airport, ready to claim a tax refund, be sure you meet the criteria. You must be from outside of the European Union, over 15 years old, and have spent over 175€ in the same retail store on the same day. If you meet this criteria, you can then reclaim the tax value that was added on your retail items, which is listed on your receipt.
HOW TO GET A TAX REFUND AT PARIS AIRPORTS?
Be sure to have your receipt and a Detaxe form with you when arriving at Paris airports to claim your tax refund. You can get the Detaxe form when you checkout after shopping, and even fill it out before arriving at the airport.
Once you arrive at one of the Paris airports, all you have to do is locate either a Travelex counter or PABLO self-service machine.
After your forms are stamped and scanned, you then have two options: get an instant cash refund by waiting in another line to have everything reviewed by a customs officer, or receive money later by mailing the form yourself by dropping it in a mailbox at the airport.
WHERE TO GET A TAX REFUND INSIDE PARIS AIRPORTS?
At Orly Airport:
West Terminal: Arrivals level, gate E
South Terminal : Departures level, gate G
At CDG Airport:
Terminal 1: same level as the CDGVAL, hall 6
Terminal 2A: Departures level, gate 5
Terminal 2C: Departures level, gate 4
Terminal 2E: Departures level, gate 8
Terminal 2F: Arrivals level
Terminal 3: Departures level, airside
At Galeries Lafayette:
Upon purchases over 175.01 Euros, you can directly head to their Tax Refund Desk on Level -1 in the main store (Coupole) with the original receipts and passport and their friendly staff will take care of your refund processes.
CAN I GET A TAX REFUND IN PARIS?
Yes, you can also get a tax refund in Paris at Galeries Lafayette, the iconic department store. Here, the tax refund counters are located on Level -1 in the main store. You still must bring your receipt and passport to their counters. Read our guide to shopping in Paris which includes shopping at Galeries Lafayette by clicking, here.
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