Most countries allow tourists to claim back the VAT that is
paid on goods that are bought in their country as long as those
goods are to be enjoyed or used outside of that country. Thailand
is no different, in fact as a shopping paradise in Asia they are
very much used to refunding the VAT.
though has its own rules and regulations, as to what can, and can't,
be claimed back and how it should be done. The information
on this page, will help you to understand this process in
Thailand, and will hopefully make things a lot simpler.
Do allow yourself adequate time at the airport to fulfill all
the necessary procedures.
What goods can you not claim VAT refunds?
- firearms, explosive, or any such similar
- gem stones
Who can claim VAT refunds?
- A non
Thai visitor who has been in Thailand less than 180 days in a
- A non Thai visitor who is not a crew member
of an airline.
- A non Thai visitor who departs Thailand by
air from an International airport.
How do you claim a VAT
- A VAT refund will only apply if the goods
purchased are taken out of Thailand within 60 days of purchase.
-The goods must be purchased from participating shops that
display a "VAT Refund For Tourists" sign.
- On any one day,
the goods purchased from an individual participating shop must not
be less than 2,000 Baht including VAT, and the total amount
claiming for refund must not be less than 5,000 Baht, including
- When you purchase the goods, ask the sales assistant to
complete a VAT refund form, known as the P.P.10, and attach the
original tax invoices to that form. Each P.P.10 must show a value
of 2,000 Baht or more.
- You will need to know the method or
refund you would prefer, and input that onto the P.P.10 form.
- You will need to show your passport to the sales assistant when
you purchase the goods, to allow her to fill in the above
- When you are requesting the refund, the
goods must be inspected by customs officers prior to check in.
Show these customs officers the P.P.10 and tax invoices.
will the refund be paid?
- If the refund does not
exceed 10,000 Baht then you can have the refund made by cash (Thai
Baht), draft, or a credit to your credit card.
- If the refund
total does exceed 10,000 Baht then, refunds will be made by either
draft or a credit to your credit card.
Are there any fees?
- If you request a cash refund a fee of 100 Baht will apply.
- For a draft refund a 100 Baht fee plus, the draft issuing fee
at the rate charged by banks and postage fees.
- For credit
card refunds, a 100 Baht fee plus money transfer fee at the rates
charged by banks.
If you have any further questions on VAT
refunds, please contact the VAT refund office at Bangkok
International Airport, (Tel: 02-535 6576-79), or VAT Refund for
Tourist Office (Revenue Department) Tel :02- 272 9387-8 or 02-272
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