Guide to Tax Free shopping in Austria

How to shop Tax Free in Austria?

  • Step 1: Go shopping
  • Look for Planet logo and ask for Planet Tax Free form when making a purchase
  • Step 2: Get Customs validation
  • Step 3: Receive your refund
  • There are several ways to receive the refund

Shopping in Austria

Go shopping and get your Tax Free form.

Austria Currency: EUR
  • 20%Standard tax rate
  • 13%Art and antiques
  • 10%Food and books
  • Minimum spend:
    • EUR 75.01
    • per receipt
  • Shoppers eligible for VAT / Sales Tax Refund:
    • Minimum eligible age: 18
    • Shoppers who are permanent residents in a non-EU country
  • Time limits:
    To receive a Customs stamp:
    • 3 months + the issuing month of the Tax Free Form
    To receive a refund:
    • 3 years from the issuing date of the Tax Free Form
  • Refund limits:
    • Pre-validation Cash: EUR 1500
      Pre-validation Credit Card: EUR 3000
      Post-validation Cash: EUR 1500

Get your Tax Free form approved by customs

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Refund requirements

Required for refunding:

  • Fully completed Tax Free forms stamped by Customs
  • Purchase receipts (the receipts must always contain a VAT rate)

Required for customs approval:

  • Fully completed Tax Free form
  • New, not used purchased goods with original labels and shop receipts
  • Passport and travel documents

Customs advice:

  • Remember to validate your Tax Free forms at Customs at the last exit point before leaving EU.

Special note:

  • Leaving the EU from Vienna Airport?
  • You can (digitally) stamp your Tax Free Form at Vienna airport if Austria is your last destination before leaving the EU.
  • - Goods exported in the check-in luggage:
  • Before check-in, go to the DEV area in Terminal 1 or 3 to have your Tax Free Form validated (kiosks or app).
  • - Goods exported in hand luggage:
  • After passing through security and passport control, go to the DEV area near your bording gate.

Additional information

  • When travelling by car, please exit via a road border where Customs is present.

How can I get my refund?

  • Visit any Planet Refund Office
  • Present the validated Tax Free forms together with shop receipts and get your refund
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  • Standard refund
  • If you haven't received your refund at our Refund Point, provide your payment details on the Tax Free form, get Customs validation and return the Tax Free form together with shop receipts by post using Planet prepaid envelope. You can also leave your Tax Free form together with shop receipts in one of our Planet drop boxes.

What other refund options are available?

  • Before leaving Austria you may get your refund prior to export validation in cash or to credit card. To take advantage of this refund method the spend must be above 150 EUR per Tax Free form. Visit one of Planet Refund Points Downtown. Credit card guarantee is required. Tax Free form validated by Customs together with shop receipts must be received by Planet within 21 days from the refund date to avoid charges. Use Planet prepaid envelope to mail it back, hand it at Planet desk or put it in Planet drop box at the airport.
  • At the airport, please allow enough time for the Customs approval process before your flight departs.
  • Make sure the goods are new and unused.

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