Non-EU Citizens Can Claim VAT Refund on their Shopping in Finland:
If you’re shopping in Finland and are a non-EU citizen, you are eligible to claim VAT refund on your shopping. To qualify for the sales tax refund, your purchases must be made in shops which display the Tax Free sign and the minimum total sum of purchased goods must be 40 Euros.
Tax-free Shopping in Finland
Finland is a member of the European Union and as such the VAT refund process here is quite similar to the process in other EU countries. Before you set off on your tax-free shopping spree, make sure that you have your passport with you … and your cash or credit cards of course.
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Finland you must:
- Look for stores that offer tax-free shopping. You will see the official tax-free signage of companies such as Global Blue or Premier Tax Free in the shop windows.
- When paying for goods that are 40 Euros or more, ask the shop assistant for a Tax Free Form. All required information in this form must be completed or you risk your claim being rejected.
Note: These days some of the bigger shops have cash terminals that are set up to record the required information and calculate the tax refund, saving the shop and the shopper from manual processing. Where this is available, the sales assistant will key in your name, address, passport number, etc. into their terminal and print the Tax Free Form for you. It’s a strip of paper that looks very much like your supermarket shopping receipt.
How to Claim Vat Refund at Helsinki Airport
Global Blue –
If you have Global Blue Tax Free Forms, you can have your form stamped at their refund points. If the Global Blue office is closed, Customs will provide the stamp.
For goods to be checked in: Before you check in for your flight, go to the Global Blue refund point (Terminal 2 Arrivals Hall 2B), with your Tax Free Form, passport, shopping receipts and goods to have your form validated. Goods must be unused or they can refuse to validate your form. After stamping of your forms you can get your payment at the refund office next to Gate 29 or 34.
For goods in your hand luggage: Go to the Global Blue refund office next to Gate 29 or 34 for validation and payment.
Premier Tax Free –
As of 2017, Premier Tax Free is now represented at Helsinki Airport. For goods purchased in Finland for personal use Premier Tax is able to provide instant electronic approval.
- Before check-in go to Premier e-Taxfree refund point at the main departure hall in terminal T2
- Present receipts, passport and goods
- Check-in and get your boarding pass
- Return to the Premier e-Taxfree desk and show your boarding card
- Get your instant Cash Refund
If the Premier Tax Free office is closed, you must get your stamp from Customs and mail your Tax Free Forms back to the company.
Remember this cardinal rule – No Customs stamp = No refund!
Before you put any documents in the mailbox provided, I highly recommend that you make clear copies of the Tax Free Forms and receipts as things can and do go missing in the mailing process. If you need to check the progress of your tax refund claim, you will need the DOC ID No. contained on the Tax Free Form to perform the on-line check.