VAT refunds for visitors to UAE start on November 18


Visitors to the UAE will be able to claim back value added tax (VAT) from Sunday, November 18.

The Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme it set to go into effect at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah International Airports initially and at all seaports and airports in the middle of December.

There are some important caveats for anyone with guests and visitors who want to take advantage of the scheme.

To claim a VAT refund, visitors must submit invoices issued by outlets (currently around 4000) that are participating in the Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme.

These outlets can be identified through posters that should be visible either inside or outside the store.

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An administrative fee of around 15% of the amount refunded will be charged and there will be a fixed fee of AED4.8 for every claim.

The maximum mount that can be claimed within a single 24-hour period is AED 10,000.

Retailers must take steps to verify that a claimant is, indeed, a visitor to the UAE and goods against which claims have been made must be with a person when they are making the claim.

VAT is charged at 5% in the UAE. is the leading financial comparison site in the Middle East with operations in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.

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