Travel News: UK travellers can shop in the EU tax free

Travel News: UK travellers can shop in the EU tax free

Thanks to Brexit, residents of England, Wales and Scotland are now eligible for Tax Free Shopping in the EU. Hooray!

So, what does this mean?

Tax Free Shopping means that international shoppers can save up to 19% on certain purchases, simply by claiming back the VAT applied when shopping abroad. 

Many high street retailers and luxury brands around the world offer tax free shopping services. Items that qualify for VAT refunds include:

  • Fashion
  • Cosmetics
  • Jewellery
  • Technology
  • Food and drink items

How to know if you’re eligible

To be eligible to shop tax-free in the European Union, Brits must live in England, Scotland or Wales and proof of residency will be required. Shoppers must also meet the minimum spend criteria, which is dependent on the country you’re shopping in. 

Any tax free items you buy in the EU need to be brought back to the UK within three months of purchase if you haven’t already used them during your holiday. 

How to shop tax free

Shopping tax free in the EU couldn’t be easier… just remember, shop, stamp, claim!

1. Shop

When shopping in a store that offers VAT refunds, remember to ask for a tax free form at the till. You will need to provide proof of your address as well as your passport.

2. Stamp

At the airport or ferry port, you must get your tax free form validated by customs. You may need to present receipts and unused purchases, so pack wisely!

3. Claim

To receive your refund, you must then take your validated form to a refund office, which is usually at your departure point, i.e airport. 

Where to shop tax-free

There are so many places you can shop tax-free in the EU, and sites like Global Blue provide a great guide.

Here’s an A-Z of some of our favourite brands available for tax free shopping:



Calvin Klein

Dolce & Gabanna


Fortnum & Mason




John Lewis & Partners



Massimo Dutti



Patek Philippe

Ralph Lauren


Tiffany & Co.

UGG Australia



Yves Rocher


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If, after hearing about all the great shopping opportunities you can get your hands on, you fancy a holiday, why not browse our fantastic deals? With the lowest online price, guaranteed, we have some amazing holidays up for grabs at purse-friendly costs.

Close your eyes and imaging sunbathing in Spain, feeling in love in Italy, sampling gyros in Greece, partying in Portugal, or drinking colourful cocktails in Croatia. The EU is your oyster!

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