VAT refund

Passengers with habitual residences outside the European Union, or in the Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla, are entitled to Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds on their purchases made in the rest of the national territory. The purchased goods should be taken outside the European Union within three months following their purchase.

Once you arrive at the airport, before checking in your baggage, go to the customs office and show:

  • Your passport or identification document (the addresses of residents of the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla should be included on their DNIs).
  • The invoices to be stamped.
  • The goods purchased.
  • Your boarding pass or receipt from the company you are travelling with.

Once the invoices have been stamped, there will be two ways for you to obtain the refund:

  • Send the invoices to the establishment where you purchased the goods, who will then refund you the VAT.
  • Directly receive the refund in VAT refund offices located in the boarding area of the airport, once you have passed through the security checkpoint, if necessary. This refund is subject to a fee.

If during your travels you stop off in another airport before leaving the EU, you will need to stamp the invoices in the last airport.