If you’re looking for more tips on how to shop in Paris like a local, be sure to get our 2019 INSIDR Paris Shopping Guide! Value Added Tax or VAT is the tax added onto your French purchases, but can be claimed back if you’re not a resident of France. VAT is TVA in French, Taxe Sur La Valeur Ajoutée. In order to get your tax refund in Paris, read on and learn how to get a tax refund at Paris airports.
HOW GET A VAT REFUND IN PARIS?
With three easy steps…
1. Ask for a Detaxe form at the store you make your purchases at. Keep both the receipt and Detaxe form for when you go to the airport.
2. Fill out the Detaxe form before getting to the airport.
3. When arriving at one of the Paris airports, locate one of the Detaxe locations. These are either PABLO self-service machines or the Travelex counters. For an instant cash refund, you will enter another line and be reviewed by a customers officer. Be sure to have your passport, boring ticket and all your purchases on you. You can also send your VAT refund form off and wait for a payment in the mail. Just be sure to have it stamped, scanned and drop it in the post mailboxes around the airport terminals!
TAX REFUND AT CDG:
Terminal 1: same level as the CDGVAL, hall 6
Terminal 2A: Departures level, gate 5
Terminal 2C: Departures level, gate 4
Terminal 2E: Departures level, gate 8
Terminal 2F: Arrivals level
Terminal 3: Departures level, airside
TAX REFUND AT ORLY:
West Terminal: Arrivals level, gate E
South Terminal : Departures level, gate G
TAX REFUND AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE:
If you prefer to do tax refund while in Paris, you can do it at the Galeries Lafayette on Level -1 at their Tax Refund Desk. The staff there will take care of everything for you! Be sure to also checkout our article Where to Shop in Paris!
In order to be eligible for a VAT refund in Paris you must…
Be over the age of 15 and from outside the EU
Spend more than €175 in the same store on the same day
Purchase retail goods
You can reclaim the tax that is listed on your receipt of purchases