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How to shop Tax Free in Germany

  1. Go shopping and get your Tax Free form
  2. Get your Tax Free form Customs approved
  3. Return your Tax Free form to Premier Tax Free and get your refund and the original store receipt.

Euro (€)

VAT rate:
Standard 19%, food and books 7%.

Shoppers eligible for VAT  / Sales Tax refunds
Non-EU residents.

Minimum spend
25 Euro (30 Euro for books) on the same day and in the same store.

Time limit for Customs approval
3 months after the month of purchase.

Required for Customs approval:

  • Fully Completed Tax Free form
  • Purchased goods
  • Purchase receipts
  • Passport
  • Travel Documents

Refund options available:

  • City Cash* – You must return your Customs approved Tax Free form to Premier Tax Free within 21 days of purchase and the original store receipt. To take advantage of a cash refund downtown the spend must be above 150 EUR per voucher
  • Airport Cash*
  • Credit Card (including UnionPay credit or debit card)
  • Cheque
  • Alipay

*A cash fee will apply


  • If you receive a City Cash refund in your shopping destination, you must get your Tax Free form approved by Customs and return it to Premier Tax Free within 21 days and the original store receipt or your credit card used for guarantee will get charged.
  • At the airport, please allow enough time for Customs approval process before your flight departs.
  • Make sure the goods are sealed and unused.
  • If you are departing a German airport but changing flights at another EU airport, and if the goods you are exporting are to be checked through to a destination outside the EU, go to Customs at the German airport and your Tax Free form will be export validated as if you were at the EU departure point.