🇵🇱 Tax Free in Poland: The Complete Guide

Poland, boasting a rich past and lively culture, ranks highly among traveler destinations. A significant benefit for tourists shopping in Poland is the opportunity to reclaim the 23% Value Added Tax (VAT) on items bought. Think of it as a discount for tourists on everything you buy! This guide assists you in navigating that process.

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Poland Tax Free Rules

VAT Rate in Poland

Poland's standard VAT rate is 23%, with certain goods reduced to 8% and 5%.

Who Can Shop Tax Free in Poland

A tourist that resides outside of the EU, permanently.

Minimum Amount Per Receipt

You must purchase goods to be taken with you out of the EU for at least 200 PLN (~$50 USD) for each transaction.

How Long Until Refund Expiry

You must take your purchased goods out of the EU within three months of purchase (at the end of the third month).

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How to shop tax free in Poland: A step by step guide for tourists

At the Store:
When making a purchase, inform the store personnel that you are a non-resident tourist and would like to avail of the tax-free shopping benefit. They will help you with the necessary paperwork.

Before Departure: Ensure that the goods are with you and ready for inspection. Keep the Tax Refund Cheque handy for the customs process.

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When you depart Poland

Departing Poland At your point of departure, present the Tax Refund Cheque and the goods for customs inspection.

Receiving Your Refund Once your Tax Refund Cheque is approved, you can cash it in the currency of your choice at Keflavik Airport. Other departure points typically offer mail-refund services.

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Receiving your refund: Once you have approval from Customs (usually a stamped form), to receive your refund, may need to go to the tax free operator's office and present your stamped forms. Usually the refund can be returned to a credit card, bank account, or e-wallet. Refund times may take up to a few weeks.

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Tax Free Tips

Look for Tax Free Shopping Signage:

Participating stores will often display "Tax Free Shopping" signs. Sometimes these are stickers on windows or doors. Additionally, some stores will have small tax free displays on the counters in the store.

Keep your receipts:

Be sure to keep your receipts, just in case. Without the receipt, you may be denied a Customs stamp.

Time it right:

Sometimes it may take a bit of time at the airport to find the Customs and obtain the required Customs stamp. There may be lines as well, so please plan ahead.

Pack Smart:

You may be required to show your purchased goods when you obtain the Customs stamp (export verification). Therefore, be sure to stop by for the stamp before checking in your bags and packing your purchased goods in an easily accessible place. You can always adjust or repack after you receive the stamp.

Don't be shy to ask for help.

Our in-app customer support team is available 24/7 to help answer any questions about your claim, required documents, eligible purchases, or anything else!

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