Tax Free Shopping in Belgium
Claim your VAT refund when you shop at thousands of retailers
How to get your VAT refund
Shop in Belgium
Look out for Tax Free signs in shop windows
Request a Tax Refund form
Ask for one at each store you shop
Complete and get your form(s) stamped at the Customs
And keep all your receipts safe
Visit a Travelex store
Bring your goods, receipts and documents along
Claim your refund
Any electronic or high value goods will need to be checked by airport customs
Standard and tailored VAT refund services are available at selected airports
- Priority VAT refund service
Standard VAT Refunds
- Enjoy easy VAT refunds at the Travelex counter
- Get your refund in your home currency
Have a question?
What is the Retail Export Scheme?
The Retail Export Scheme allows non-EU residents, who are leaving the European Union, to claim a VAT refund on most goods that they have purchased in Europe
VAT refunds can only be claimed on your final day and from the departing EU Country and only from the airport terminal from which you are departing. The claiming process must be completed within six (6) months (with VAT forms stamped and completed) of the original purchase date of the item for which you are claiming the refund
Please note that refunds can only be claimed by the person who purchased the goods. It is not possible to claim a refund on behalf of someone else.
What documents do I need to claim a VAT refund?
- Proof of purchase of goods from the retailer – you must first show the sales receipts at the customs when making a VAT refund claim
- A VAT refund form from the retailer – this must be completed and signed by the retailer at the time of purchase in order to be valid
- A valid passport – you will be required to show an expiring visa or one way flight ticket to prove that you are leaving the EU.
- Customs might ask to see the purchased goods. They will stamp your VAT refund form, after which you can return to a Travelex VAT store, and process your refund
Are there any fees charged for the VAT refund process?
There can be fees levied by the VAT agents, these differ by scheme. All information is available in store.
There may also be other fees charged by the retailer and/ or the VAT agent for their involvement in the transaction. As a result, even though VAT is currently charged at 20% throughout Belgium, you should typically expect to receive around 10 – 16% after all the associated fees have been taken
Can I claim a refund in the Belgium?
You can claim a VAT refund in the Belgium if you are not a resident of the following countries:
If you are unsure of your eligibility for a VAT Refund, you should consult http://www.douane.gouv.fr/Portals/0/fichiers/particulier/voyage/detaxe-pablo-(en)-vat-refund-process-in-france.pdf
How can I receive my VAT refund?
Travelex provides VAT refunds in either Euros (€) or a foreign currency at any of our VAT stores
Credit Card Customers who have a Global Refund Form can choose to have their refund put onto their card at any of our VAT stores.
Do all retailers and shops have VAT refund forms?
Not all shops participate in the VAT refund scheme. The majority of participating shops will have VAT stickers in their shop windows. If a shop does not participate in the VAT scheme, you will not be able to claim your VAT back.
Please note that Travelex cannot arrange VAT refund forms at the airport. VAT refund forms must be obtained from the Retailer