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VAT refund for good purchase as flight crew

Old 15th Nov 2019, 08:27
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VAT refund for good purchase as flight crew

Hi,

Do you guys know as a flight crew member can we get VAT refunded for goods we buy in Europe ?

Thanks,
Gabriel
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Old 15th Nov 2019, 09:39
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Only if you proceed through the Emirates Crew Center...then you can claim your refund. Alcohol is duty free up to the limit of 48 cans.
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 08:53
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I meant when you are in Europe for example in spain and buy a laptop then can you get a VAT refund as crew member? Because we do not have ticket number to provide VAT office?
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Old 16th Nov 2019, 21:34
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In some countries a copy of the gendec is accepted
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Old 17th Nov 2019, 06:38
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[QUOTE][Only if you proceed through the Emirates Crew Center...then you can claim your refund. Alcohol is duty free up to the limit of 48 cans./QUOTE]

hilarious !
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Old 18th Nov 2019, 12:34
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I have seen colleagues do it in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands but the administrative procedures vary between each country. It can take a little time if Customs wish/need to check the items and verify any paperwork.

At destinations where we don't pass through the passenger terminal (such as some airports in the UK), then the process will be very difficult.
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Old 18th Nov 2019, 14:05
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Hello!, I do it very often. Basically, your purchase has to be more than 90 euro to get tx free. After purchase, you have to tell the guys in the shop to do the tax free for you.

They will give you an envelope with all the details and amount to recieve. In spain, those papers have a bar code that you just scan in machines in the airport in the check in area, and sometimes, machine does not validadate it and requests you to go to customs police for stamp and they might check if you really have the items to take out of the country.

After validation by customs police or the machine, you go inside after security controls, and near the boarding gates, you will find the global free, or another company for the tax refund, that they can give it to you in cash, or in your credit card. In cash, they sometimes take more comission.

Take it in Euros, never in dollar or dirham, as they do very bad rate. Most of the times, electronics and some other expensive items are much better to buy them in europe and do the tax refund. It becomes much cheaper than in UAE. Sometimes, they don´t want to do tax free if you are in uniform, however, it never happened to me. Some colleagues had that issue, but seems to be not very often.
Good luck!
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