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VAT refund

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VAT refund

Hi

We are traveling to London and will be there Aug 11-15. We take train to Paris on 15th and then fly from there on 19th via London to Chicago. Should we get VAT refund at Paris airport or at Heathrow on way back (have 2 hour 45mins stopover)? Thanks

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1. Re: VAT refund

When leaving the EU on a flight involving a same-day stopover in another EU country, you do the VAT formalities at the airport where the journey begins (in your case Paris).

Apart from anything else, you must be able to present the goods you're exporting for Customs to check they're leaving and haven't been used.

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2. Re: VAT refund

Thanks a lot. So is the VAT refund done before check in at Paris? Else probably lot of stuff we will buy might have to get checked in.

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3. Re: VAT refund

You might need to ask on the Paris forum. Most (all?) terminals at Heathrow have one VAT desk before check in for large items that need to be checked in and another less busy airside for smaller items that could go in your carry on. Not sure what things are like at CDG and Orly.

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