Tax Free Global Blue
iDrone offers its customers the opportunity to use the TAX Free service.
If you permanently reside outside the EU, when making purchases, you have the right to claim a VAT refund.
The refund you will receive is the VAT amount minus an administrative fee.
Standard VAT rate: 21%
Minimum purchase amount: 44 EUR
When leaving Latvia, present your unopened purchases, receipts, and passport to the customs officer and request a customs seal on the Tax Free form. Customs officials are familiar with this system.
Please allocate sufficient time for the tax refund process before your departure at the airport.
Before check-in, visit the customs counter with the completed Tax Free Form, passport, receipts, and purchases to have the stamp* placed on your form.
Ensure that all items have price tags and labels. Do not pack your purchases in your luggage, as you will need to show them to the customs officer.
How to receive the tax refund:
Approach the tax refund counter with the Global Blue logo. Present the completed form with the stamp to receive the refund on your card or in cash.
In a hurry? Mail your completed, stamped form in a special Global Blue envelope to receive the tax refund on your credit card. Providing your email in the Tax Free Form will help you communicate with Global Blue customer support more efficiently.
Please note that in some refund points in France, England, and Switzerland, an additional fee is charged for immediate cash tax refunds per form.
N.B.: The refund you will receive is the VAT amount minus an administrative fee.
Important to know:
- There can be as many Tax Free forms as needed. The Tax Free system does not impose any restrictions on VAT refunds.
- When leaving Latvia, you need to present the Tax Free form, passport, and goods to the customs officer. If you are traveling through multiple EU countries, present the Tax Free form and purchased items to receive the customs stamp for subsequent VAT refund in the last country on your route.
- Goods must be exported within 3 months, plus one month from the purchase date. For example, if you purchased an item on March 1, you must export it outside the EU no later than June 30; otherwise, according to Tax Free rules, you lose the right to VAT reimbursement based on the receipts.
European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Estonia.