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VAT Refund: step-by-step instruction for Thailand visitors

When departing from Thailand, you may be eligible for a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund on certain purchases made during your stay. To claim the VAT refund, you need to present the following items to the customs officer at the VAT Refund Office at the international airport:

  1. Passport: You need to provide your original passport as proof of your identity and departure from Thailand.
  2. Purchased items: The goods you purchased must be presented in their original, unused condition. Some items, like food and beverages, are not eligible for a VAT refund.
  3. Tax invoices: Original tax invoices or receipts for the purchased goods, issued by participating stores displaying the "VAT Refund for Tourists" sign. The invoices should contain the required information, such as the store's VAT registration number, description of the goods, and the amount of VAT charged.
  4. VAT Refund Application form (P.P.10): This form should be completed and submitted along with your tax invoices. You can obtain this form from the participating stores at the time of purchase.
  5. Customs declaration form (P.P.9): You need to complete this form and have it stamped by a customs officer at the airport, confirming that the purchased goods are being taken out of the country. The form is available at the airport's VAT Refund Office.

Please note that there may be a minimum purchase amount required to qualify for a VAT refund, and the refund process may be subject to fees. Make sure to arrive at the airport early, as the process can take some time. Also, keep in mind that rules and regulations may change, so it's a good idea to check the latest information on the Thai Revenue Department's website or with the Thai embassy or consulate in your country before traveling.