Who can claim VAT refunds?
VAT refund can be claimed by any non-Thai visitor who has
not been in Thailand for more than 180 days in calendar year,
and who is not a crew member of an airline; and departs Thailand
by air carrier from an international airport.
to claim a VAT refund
VAT refund only applies to goods taken out of Thailand within
60 days from the date of purchase.
The goods must be purchased from stores displaying the "VAT
REFUND FOR TOURISTS' sign.
On any day, goods purchased at a participating sore must not
be less than 2,000 Baht and the total amount of goods purchased,
including VAT, must not be less than 5,000 Baht.
At each store ask the sales assistant to complete 2 VAT refund
forms (P.P. 10) and attach the original tax invoice to the
Before departure, present your purchases to Customs and Revenue
officers for inspection in order to obtain VAT refund at the
departure lounge after check-in and passport control.
In case the VAT refund exceeds 10, 000 Baht, you can either
present your claim to the Customs and Revenue officers at
the VAT Revenue Office or drop it in the box at the Refund
Counter or mail it from your home back to the Revenue Department
VAT refund offices are located at:
Airport Tel: 02-5356576-9
Airport Tel: 053-922207
Airport Tel: 076-328267
Yai Airport Tel: 074-250400
will the refund be paid?
can choose to receive your refund by: Refund amount not exceeding
10,000 Baht, receive cash in Thai Baht, draft or credit to
credit card account. Refund amount exceeding 10,000 Baht,
receive refund in draft, or credit to credit card account.
following fees apply to refund requests:
cash refund, a fee of 100 Baht. For draft refund, a fee of
100 Baht plus draft issuing fee at the rate charged by Baht
and postage fees. For credit to credit card account refund,
a fee of 100 Baht plus money transfer fee at the rate charged
To help make shopping a happy experience, especially in purchasing
jeweler, here is some useful advice:
1. Disregard all strangers, offers of free assistance or services,
especially when purchasing jeweler, pr you might find out
later that you made your purchase at relatively much higher
prices because shop owners have to pay a 10-30% commission
to agents why attracts customers to their shops: these are
added to the jewelers prices.
2. Make your purchases just to satisfy yourself, your relatives
or friends. Do not expect to gain profit from the goods because
jeweler prices can change without warning.
3. Compare and negotiate the price of jeweler of the same
type and size in several different shops before making a decision
to buy so as to be assumed of possessing the goods at fair
and reasonable prices.
4. Please be informed that any claim made by the shop owners
that the purchase can be refunded at Thai embassies consulates,
or other government agencies abroad is not true of practical.
5. Make sure that all documents such as receipt, quality certificate
and your customer slip. (If paid y credit card contain all
negotiated data, including the prices in Thai or foreign currencies,
name and address of the shop, which will be beneficial, should
any problem emerge late.
6. In general practice for jewelry trade in Thailand, all
purchased good cannot be returned. However, in case of o possible
refund, 25-30 % of sold price will be deducted as a cost of
damage. Some reputable companies am even take back beveller
for a full refund, although usually sometime limit, such as
30 days, is placed upon the returprivilege.