Reclaiming VAT in Bangkok | VAT Refunds in Bangkok
What goods can you not claim VAT refunds ?
Who can claim VAT refunds ?
A non Thai visitor who has been in Thailand less than 180 days in a calendar
A visitor who is not Thai and who is not a crew member of an airline.
A visitor who is not Thai and who departs Thailand by air from an International airport.
How To Claim Back Your VAT
You can only get your VAT refunded when leaving Bangkok or Thailand if the items purchased are taken out of the country within 60 days of purchase.
You will only get your VAt refunded if the goods were purchased from participating shops that display a "VAT Refund For Tourists" sign.
Goods must be at least 5,000 baht including VAT and must be purchased from each supplier at the amount of at least 2,000 baht per day.
When you buy your items, ask the sales assistant to complete a VAT refund form, ( or the P.P.10 form ) and attach the original tax invoices to that form. Each form must show a value of 2,000 Baht or more.
You will need to know the method or refund you would prefer, such as cash, credit card refund or draft, and state that on the form.
You will need to show your passport so the details can be entered into the form to prove it was you who bought it.
You will have to show the goods that you purchased in order to get he refund, the goods must be inspected by customs officers prior to check in. Show the items along with the VAT form and tax invoices to the customs officers.
How will the refund be paid ?
If the refund does not exceed 10,000 Baht then you can have the refund made by cash (Thai Baht), draft, or a credit to your credit card.
If the refund total is in excess of 10,000 Baht then, refunds will be made by either draft or refund to your credit card.
Are there any fees ?
If you request a cash refund a fee of 100 Baht will apply.
For a draft refund a 100 Baht fee plus, the draft issuing fee at the rate charged by banks and postage fees.
For credit card refunds, a 100 Baht fee plus money transfer fee at the rates charged by banks.
You can always contact the VAT refund office at Bangkok International Airport, (Tel: 02-535 6576-79), or the VAT Refund for Tourist Office (Revenue Department) Tel :02- 272 9387-8 or 02-272 8195-8.