How to Claim your VAT Refund in Norway:
Norway is not a part of the EU, but shoppers will be pleased to know that tax-free shopping is available in this country. If you are already familiar with how VAT refund works in the EU, pay attention, as there are some differences in how to get your VAT refund in Norway.
An Expensive Country
Norway is an expensive country and if you do any shopping on your holiday, it’s worthwhile noting that you can get your VAT refunded. As Norway is not a part of the EU, any VAT refund that you have from your Norwegian shopping must be export-validated on leaving Norway.
Likewise, if you have done some duty-free shopping in the EU and are flying into Norway, you must claim your VAT refund on leaving your EU destination. You won’t be able to get a Customs stamp for your EU VAT refund in Norway .
VAT Refund Companies in Norway
Global Blue and Tax Free Worldwide are companies that offer VAT refund services in Norway. Unlike the EU countries, the Norwegian Customs Service plays no part at all in validating VAT refund forms. The export validation is performed by the VAT refund companies and their agents. Global Blue has an extensive list of refund offices located at airports, cruise ports, road borders, ferries and trains. To find out where you can claim your VAT refund, check the website of both companies to see where their refund points are and their operating hours.
Do not leave Norway without validating your forms
If you leave Norway without getting your export validation stamp, you’ll miss out on your VAT refund – I’m speaking from experience here. On my last trip out of Oslo Airport, I could not find a Global Blue representative as my flight was early in the morning. At CDG Airport, I had my VAT forms stamped by French Customs when we were flying out from Paris. In spite of having French Customs stamp on my VAT form and a boarding pass to prove that I had left Norway, Global Blue would not process my claim. I went as far as to offer to send them proof that the goods had been exported, but didn’t succeed in advancing my case. They maintained that export validation had to be done by them in Norway. We had bought some expensive winter gear and needless to say I was disappointed at missing out on our VAT refund.
Rules for VAT Refund in Norway
To be eligible for VAT refund in Norway, these are the specific requirements:
- The minimum purchase amount in one shop is NOK 315 on regular goods
- You can claim VAT refund on food. The minimum purchase in one shop is NOK 290
- Goods must be exported in unused condition
- Export of goods must take place within 30 days from date of purchase.
When approaching the refund counter, you must have your goods, refund cheque as well as your passport.How will you use this information to the fullest?