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France 🇫🇷 /

Standard VAT rate: 20%

Low VAT rate: 10% on some foods, some works of art, collectors items

Low VAT rate: 5.5% on medicines, some pharmaceutical goods, books, magazines

Minimum spend amount: EUR 100 in the same store on the same day

Time limit to export: before the end of the 3rd month, after the month of purchase


Ask in the store: in France, you must receive a Tax-Free form from the store. If you don’t receive a Tax-Free form in-store, you can’t get back the VAT. Your VAT is refunded by the Tax-Free company visible on the form.


Required for French Customs: 

Tip: In France, the Customs system is digital. You can get proof of export at special Tax-Free machines which are located at every international airport in France. They’re usually placed before check-in, in international departure halls. The machine will ask you to scan the Tax-Free form which you received from the store. Your VAT is refunded by the Tax-Free company visible on the form.

If the Customs machine is not working or you’re departing from another EU country, go to a manual Customs desk for an export stamp. You can ask an airport employee to point you in the right direction.