Tax free shopping in France
You are eligible for Tax Free Shopping in France
If you have a permanent residence in a non-EU country
If you have been in France for less than 6 months
If you are older than 16 years
if you spend more than 175 EUR
if you buy less than 15 items (per Tax Free Form)
VAT rates in France are:
|Reduced rate for certain products and services|
Yes, the minimum is 175 EUR
Refunds are paid on all goods that are exported in the traveller’s personal luggage.
Maximum 50 pieces of the same (identical) item
- Cars and car parts
- Cultural relics older than 50 years
- Postal stamps
The Form with ink Customs stamp is valid for 6 months following the date of purchase.
The Pablo validated Form has an unlimited validity.
An export validation must be obtained within 3 months following the month when the Form was issued.
Original ‘retailer’s copy’ or ‘buyer’s copy’ for tax refunds are required.
When you will leave France, you will be able to find a PABLO terminal:
|At Orly||South Terminal, Gate G, Departure level|
|At Roissy-Charles de Gaulle||Terminal 1: CDGVAL level, Hall 6|
|Terminal 2A: near the arrivals, exit door 5|
|Terminal 2C: near the arrivals, exit door 12|
|Terminal 2D: near the arrivals, exit door 6|
|Terminal 2E: Departure level, exit door 4|
|Terminal 2F: Arrival level|
|Terminal 3: Departure level|
PABLO terminal should be located in the vicinity of the customs offices.
Am I still entitled to a refund?
You are entitled to a refund only if you were unable to complete the formalities before your departure due to exceptional circumstances. You must explain what they were when you make a request for regularisation.
|To date, the only exceptional reasons accepted by the French customs for a regularisation is the failure of the PABLO Terminal at the time of departure, period which will be registered by the French authorities. All other reasons (not enough time to do the process, queue to access the terminal, difficulties in finding the terminal, etc...) should not be taken into account.|
When leaving the country, ensure you have plenty of time to deal with the VAT refund formalities.