UAE tourists will be able to reclaim VAT. Easy steps for reimbursement

Non-residents will be able to claim the VAT paid on goods from November

  • Publish date: Sunday، 25 November 2018 Last update: Thursday، 25 February 2021
UAE tourists will be able to reclaim VAT. Easy steps for reimbursement
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Some good news for tourists, who undoubtedly will go on shopping spree while visiting United Arab Emirates.

UAE tourists will be able to reclaim VAT. Easy steps for reimbursement 
The United Arab Emirates introduced Value Added Taxes (VAT) on goods and services at the beginning of 2018. However, starting November of 2018, tourists can claim back the VAT if the following conditions are met.



Conditions for tax refund
- Goods in question need to have been supplied to the tourist within UAE
- Tourist must have the explicit intention to leave UAE in 90 days from the date of supply, along with the purchased supplies
- Goods in question must be exported out of the UAE by the tourist within three months from the date of supply
- Tourist needs to have purchased goods from a retailer registered in the system
- Purchase process must be carried out - and the goods exported - according to the requirements determined by a decision of the FTA
- Goods in question must not be exempted from refund