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Goods purchased in Thailand are VAT inclusive but you can receive your VAT refund if only you purchase goods from shops that show VAT Refund For Tourists sign.
Last Modified On: Tuesday, 05/December/2006 22:10:02pm

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Goods purchased in Thailand are VAT inclusive but you can receive your VAT refund if only you purchase goods from shops that show VAT Refund For Tourists sign.

Visitors entering the Kingdom on tourist visas are entitled to refunds of the 7% value-added tax (VAT) paid on goods purchased at shops, department stores and other retail outlets displaying "VAT Refund for Tourists" signs, where tax refund application forms are available. Prior to airport departure, visitors must present a completed VAT refund form, plus passport information and purchase receipts, to a customs officer. Certain luxury goods must be shown to an excise official. Refunds may be in a form of bank draft or credited to the credit card.

VAT Refund for:

  • is not a Thai national
  • is a non-resident or has not been in Thailand more than 180 days in a calendar year.
  • is not an airline crew member departing Thailand on duty.
  • departs Thailand from an international airport.
  • purchases goods from stores displaying a "VAT REFUND FOR TOURISTS" sign.
  • can present the goods and submit the VAT Refund Application for Tourist form(P.P10) and original tax invoices to the Customs officers immediately before check-in for departure from Thailand within 60 days from the date of purchase.

How to:

  • VAT refund only applies to goods taken out of Thailand with the travellers within 60 days from the date of purchase.
  • Goods must be purchased from stores displaying the "VAT REFUND FOR TOURISTS" sign.
  • Goods must be at least 5,000 baht including VAT and must be purchased from each supplier at the amount of at least 2,000 baht per day.
  • On the purchasing day, present your passport and ask the sales assistant at the store to complete the VAT Refund Application for Tourists form (P.P.10) and attach the original tax invoices to the form. Each application form (P.P.10) must show a value of goods of 2,000 baht or more.
  • Before departure, present your goods and VAT Refund Application for Tourists form (P.P.10) to Customs for inspection before check-in.
  • Valuable goods, such as jewelry, gold ornaments, watch, glasses, or pen, must once more be inspected by the Revenue officers at the VAT refund office at the departure lounge after passport control.
  • You can either present your claim to the Revenue officers at the VAT Refund Counter or mail it back to the Revenue Department of Thailand or drop it into the box at the VAT Refund Counter.

How will the refund be paid?

You can choose to receive your refund
  • Refund amount not exceeding 30,000 baht, will be made in cash (Thai baht) or by bank draft or credit to your credit card account. 
  • Refund amount exceeding 30,000 baht, will be made by bank draft or credit to your credit card account. 

Contact information

Vat Refund for Tourists Office: vrefund@pasi.rd.go.th
More information can be found at http://www.rd.go.th/vrt/engindex.htm

 

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