VAT / TAX-free Shopping

VAT / TAX-free Shopping

Refund after purchase

– © Adam Gault

Value added tax (VAT) is a type of sales tax. In Germany the normal VAT rate of 19% is added to the net price. On certain products and services, such as books, staple foods (except soft drinks and spirits), newspapers, flowers and public transport tickets the reduced VAT rate of 7% is applied.

Travelers who liveoutside the European Union can obtain a refund on value added tax for goods bought in Germany. Save your receipts from your purchases. Get to the airport ahead of time when you are leaving. Before you check in your luggage, you can go the tax free shopping reclaim office and get your receipts stamped and obtain cash refund.

Find information about tax free shopping in Berlin here: Global Blue.