Aug 15, 2017 - 3:12 AM
in reply to Kattkkym
I have only claimed a VAT refund once in France and this was at an airport. So I can't really offer any advice for somebody leaving by train. One thing I do know is that you must have the items you are taking out of France with you and you must be prepared, if requested, to show those items to the customs people before they stamp any papers. This is to show that you are indeed leaving France with those items. You can imagine the cheating that could occur if this was not part of the procedure. If we are talking about a small amount of money, I wouldn't even bother. The VAT rate in France right now is 20% and the minimum purchase required to qualify for a refund must be above €175.
Another thought: I don't know how long you are going to be in Switzerland, but if you are going to be later returning to France and leaving for home from CDG, why not claim your VAT refund then ? Is there something I am missing ?
Last modified on Aug 15, 2017 - 3:16 AM by Peterli