VAT Refund Rate In Europe

This article is about how much VAT refund you can get in Europe.

Europe is an amazing place to shop for designer bags. Think about it; Italy is famous for their impeccable leather craftsmanship and give rise to world-class brands like Prada, Tods, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Marni. Paris is known for romance, but also for high fashion. Did you know that the term Haute Couture (which translates to High Fashion in English) is protected by French law and is verified by the Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie? There are actually regulations that define which fashion houses are true Haute Couture. Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior are all founded in France.

Tax refund guide per country

There is another reason why Europe is an amazing destination to buy designer bags. In general, the prices are much lower than other parts of the world. In the top of that, tourist gets VAT back, which can be up to 10% of the purchase price, depending on the country you’re going to visit. Let’s see the rate of tax-refund per country in Europe.

VAT refund overview per EU country

Note: the minimum value is 175 euro to be eligible for tax-refund, the VAT-free goods need to leave EU by the end of the third month.

VAT refund in France

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €60 12,00%
€1000 €120 12,00%
€2000 €240 12,00%
€3000 €360 12,00%
€4000 €480 12,00%
€5000 €600 12,00%
€6000 €720 12,00%
€7000 €840 12,00%
€8000 €960 12,00%
€9000 €1080 12,00%
€10000 €1200 12,00%


VAT refund in Spain

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €60 12,00%
€1000 €128,50 12,85%
€2000 €281 14,05%
€3000 €435 14,50%
€4000 €596 14,90%
€5000 €765 15,30%
€6000 €942 15,70%
€7000 €1099 15,70%
€8000 €1256 15,70%
€9000 €1413 15,70%
€10000 €1570 15,70%


VAT refund in Netherlands

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €52 10,40%
€1000 €112 11,20%
€2000 €251 12,55%
€3000 €392 13,07%
€4000 €556 13,90%
€5000 €750 15,00%
€6000 €900 15,00%
€7000 €1050 15,00%
€8000 €1200 15,00%
€9000 €1350 15,00%
€10000 €1500 15,00%


VAT refund in Germany

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €57 11,40%
€1000 €114 11,40%
€2000 €242 12,10%
€3000 €390 13,00%
€4000 €530 13,25%
€5000 €680 13,60%
€6000 €830 13,83%
€7000 €1015 14,50%
€8000 €1160 14,50%
€9000 €1305 14,50%
€10000 €1450 14,50%


VAT Refund in Belgium

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €56 11,20%
€1000 €118 11,80%
€2000 €247 12,35%
€3000 €396 13,20%
€4000 €536 13,40%
€5000 €700 14,00%
€6000 €840 14,00%
€7000 €1015 14,50%
€8000 €1160 14,50%
€9000 €1305 14,50%
€10000 €1500 15,00%


VAT Refund in Greece

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €59 11,80%
€1000 €124 12,40%
€2000 €264 13,20%
€3000 €417 13,90%
€4000 €573 14,33%
€5000 €738 14,76%
€6000 €942 15,70%
€7000 €1099 15,70%
€8000 €1256 15,70%
€9000 €1413 15,70%
€10000 €1600 16,00%


VAT Refund in Italy

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €65 13,00%
€1000 €129 12,90%
€2000 €270 13,50%
€3000 €420 14,00%
€4000 €560 14,00%
€5000 €750 15,00%
€6000 €900 15,00%
€7000 €1050 15,00%
€8000 €1240 15,50%
€9000 €1395 15,50%
€10000 €1550 15,50%


VAT Refund in Austria

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €59 11,80%
€1000 €125 12,50%
€2000 €260 13,00%
€3000 €390 13,00%
€4000 €520 13,00%
€5000 €700 14,00%
€6000 €840 14,00%
€7000 €980 14,00%
€8000 €1160 14,50%
€9000 €1305 14,50%
€10000 €1500 15,00%


VAT Refund in Denmark

Value VAT Refund in kr VAT Refund in %
kr5000 kr678 13,56%
kr10000 kr1359 13,59%
kr20000 kr3200 16,00%
kr30000 kr5250 17,50%
kr40000 kr7000 17,50%
kr50000 kr8750 17,50%
kr60000 kr11400 19,00%
kr70000 kr13300 19,00%
kr80000 kr15200 19,00%
kr90000 kr17100 19,00%
kr100000 kr19000 19,00%

Need-to-knows

  • Denmark has a very high VAT rate of 25%
  • There is also a minimum purchase value of total kr300 before you are elible to apply for tax-refund.


VAT Refund in Hungary

Value VAT Refund in Ft VAT Refund in %
Ft150000 Ft21100 14,07%
Ft300000 Ft42700 14,23%
Ft600000 Ft89900 14,98%
Ft900000 Ft149400 16,60%
Ft1200000 Ft199200 16,60%
Ft1500000 Ft267000 17,80%
Ft1800000 Ft320400 17,80%
Ft2100000 Ft399000 19,00%
Ft2400000 Ft456000 19,00%
Ft2700000 Ft513000 19,00%
Ft3000000 Ft570000 19,00%

Need-to-knows

  • Hungary a VAT rate of 27%
  • The minimum purchase amount is Ft54001


VAT Refund in Ireland

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €68 13,60%
€1000 €139 13,90%
€2000 €300 15,00%
€3000 €450 15,00%
€4000 €600 15,00%
€5000 €775 15,50%
€6000 €930 15,50%
€7000 €1085 15,50%
€8000 €1240 15,50%
€9000 €1395 15,50%
€10000 €1600 16,00%


VAT Refund in Luxembourg

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €48 9,60%
€1000 €98 9,80%
€2000 €201 10,05%
€3000 €318 10,60%
€4000 €460 11,50%
€5000 €575 11,50%
€6000 €690 11,50%
€7000 €805 11,50%
€8000 €960 12,00%
€9000 €1080 12,00%
€10000 €1200 12,00%


VAT Refund in Portugal

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
€500 €68 13,60%
€1000 €139 13,90%
€2000 €280 14,00%
€3000 €420 14,00%
€4000 €560 14,00%
€5000 €725 14,50%
€6000 €870 14,50%
€7000 €1015 14,50%
€8000 €1160 14,50%
€9000 €1305 14,50%
€10000 €1500 15,00%


VAT Refund in Sweden

Value VAT Refund in € VAT Refund in %
kr5000 kr673 13,46%
kr10000 kr1383 13,83%
kr20000 kr2950 14,75%
kr30000 kr4800 16,00%
kr40000 kr6400 16,00%
kr50000 kr8000 16,00%
kr60000 kr10200 17,00%
kr70000 kr11900 17,00%
kr80000 kr14400 18,00%
kr90000 kr16200 18,00%
kr100000 kr18000 18,00%


Need-to-knows

  • Sweden has a VAT rate of 25%
  • The minimum purchase amount in Sweden is kr200


VAT Refund in United Kingdom

Value VAT Refund in £ VAT Refund in %
£500 £59,5 11,90%
£1000 £122 12,20%
£2000 £260 13,00%
£3000 £405 13,50%
£4000 £560 14,00%
£5000 £700 14,00%
£6000 £850 14,17%
£7000 £1016,6 14,52%
£8000 £1183,3 14,79%
£9000 £1350 15,00%
£10000 £1516,6 15,17%


Need-to-knows

  • UK has a VAT rate of 20%
  • The minimum purchase amount is £30 GBP


16 Comments

  1. Mital July 21, 2018 Reply

    Hi,
    I traveled to Amsterdam and then Paris, hence all vat refund i did at Paris Airport. The vat returned i received were much lesser, as the number of items were many and on the receipt its not mentioned what is for what. 3 eg, i bought a Gucci bag in Amsterdam total value 1499 euro (incl 258.60 euro), a Burberry and LV in Paris total value 1220 & 1995 euro (incl 201 & 332 euro) the max amount i recd per item were 215.46 euro, 186.25 euro and 130.84 euro.
    I’m unable to understand the calculation. Kindly guide me.

  2. Bunny July 17, 2018 Reply

    Hi Alex, may i know if London Heathrow still sell Chanel Classic Flag Bag? Many thanks.

  3. Jas July 15, 2018 Reply

    Hi Alex, I am Singaporen can I know Where to buy a Chanel Classic Flap M/L .
    after tax refund is Uk or Paris is cheaper.

    • Author
      Cynthia July 20, 2018 Reply

      Hi Jas, this is the reason why we created a post about tax-refund of every EU country for every bag: https://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-bag-prices-euro/

      The M/L Classic Flap Bag is now after tax-refund:
      In the UK: £3451 GBP = 6155 SGD
      In Paris: €3942 euro = 6291 SGD

      • Anonymous July 22, 2018 Reply

        Thanks for the information!

  4. Joanne W June 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Alex ,

    I came back from Europe few months ago,I am a little unsure with my VAT claim and it makes me really upset. Can you enlighten me by explaining is the amount receive by me was correct?

    I purchased a Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag in London ( 3560 Pound, VAT Tax refund 423Euro ) and a Diorama in Italy ( 2750 Euro, VAT TAx refund 297 Euro ) . My last embark airport was at Heathrow so I made my VAT claim there , they insisted me to take cash instead credit card claiming the vendor don’t to VAT through Credit Card which is ridiculous. The total VAT that I get back was 700 Euro. Is a confusing for me looking at your chart as I did not even get 13.5% for both my bags in the VAT tax return instead getting just 10% each for both bags.

    Please advise me.

    Besides that I am going to Italy again , only Italy this time around. I would like to purchase a Bylgari Serpenti (1620 Euro). Please advise what’s the tax refund amount am I expecting.

    Thank you Alex. Looking forward to hear from you.

    • Author
      Alex June 30, 2018 Reply

      Hi Joanne, I will try to help:

      I find the tax refund amount of your Diorama Bag in Italy very low. There are probably two reasons for the lower tax-refund:

      – cash instead of credit card refund decreases your total amount of tax-refund. With credit card you get more.
      – the commission rate of that company that helps process your tax-refund could be higher than normal.

      It’s true that Vendor (Chanel + Dior) has certainly influence on the tax-refund. Because the company is doing it on their behalf.

      I would suggest this: when you’re in Italy and you’re buying the bag, ask the SA the following question:
      1). Which tax-refund company she recommended doing the tax-refund? (and tell her which airport you will be leaving).
      2). How much the tax-refund would be (estimated)?

      In general, the 1620 euro bag would get you about 13% back, total amount of around 210 euro.

      Which affiliate company did you used for the tax-refund in London btw?

  5. Sunshine June 27, 2018 Reply

    Hi
    If I purchase my classic chanel bag from Sweden then fly to Zurich/Switzerland for few days and then fly back home outside EU

    What is the procedure to get my tax refund? im confused

    Regards

    • Author
      Alex June 29, 2018 Reply

      When you buy in Sweden, you will immediately apply for tax-refund and get the tax back in that country. Then you fly to Switzerland and everything you buy in Switzerland, you also apply for tax-refund before leaving that country. This is how the process works.

  6. SF June 19, 2018 Reply

    Hi,
    Anyone know if tourist still able to get VAT refund in the UK airport if the goods was purchased in France or Italy? Not sure UK still part of EU?

    Thank you so much!

    • Author
      Alex June 19, 2018 Reply

      Yes, you can apply for tax-refund of the goods you purchased in France or Italy. But if you buy the goods in France, then you get the tax-refund rate of France. If you buy the goods in Italy, you get the tax-refund rate of Italy.

      UK is still part of EU.

  7. Leanne January 12, 2018 Reply

    Hi, does the % above already deducted the administration fee?
    I am going to London and will travel to Paris via train then fly back home (Australia). Say if I buy a GBP1500 bag from London and process the VAT refund at Paris airport, do I get 12.20% (UK rate) or 12% (France rate) ?

    Many thanks!

    • Author
      Alex January 13, 2018 Reply

      Yes, it’s deducted with administration fee. It’s the actual refund you get! If you buy the bag in the UK, you get the UK VAT-refund. Why? Because you paid VAT in the UK.

      If you buy one Classic Flap Bag in the UK and one Boy Bag in Paris, then the Classic Flap Bag will get the UK VAT-refund and the Boy Bag the VAT-refund of france.

  8. Linda August 9, 2017 Reply

    Hi there,

    Should I buy Chanel classic from London, Paris or Amsterdam. Need some advice. Many thanks.

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