Why do I need a customs stamp on my receipt? /

If you export your goods by airplane or car yourself, a customs validation stamp on your receipts proves you have exported the goods back to your home country. It is the only official proof accepted by the tax administration that the export of your goods has been checked and validated by customs.

There are 3 more requirements to claim back VAT; 

- the customs validation stamp-date is provided within three months after the month of purchase

- you live in a country outside the EU

- the receipt meets the tax requirements and exceeds the minimum spend amount. 

Customs will check all of these requirements before putting a stamp on your receipts