International visitors from outside the European Union are entitled to reclaim the sales tax (VAT) of 20% (16.67% of the total purchase price) from a number of British retailers *.
To claim, first purchase goods from any merchant displaying the Tax Free Shopping sign. You'll be given a tax refund form by the retailer – keep it along with your receipt.
When you get to the airport, take your receipt and form to the Travelex counter or the Customs desk (located before and after security). Please ensure the form is completed before arrival and ensure you have the items with you for inspection. Anything large and bulky (including clothing) will need to be presented before check-in. High-value items such as watches, cameras, computers and smartphones must be presented after security control.
It may be possible for the refund to be paid in cash but this will depend on the retailer where the goods were purchased.
Please note the queue time will be longer at peak times, or if you are part of a large group. Please allow extra time to complete the VAT reclaim process and ensure you have checked in at least one hour before your departure time to clear check-in and airport security.
For a full guide to tax-free shopping in Manchester, click here.
*Terms and conditions apply. Percentage refund may vary. In order to be eligible for a VAT refund in the UK you must be a non-EU resident. You are only eligible if you spend a minimum amount in one store on the same day. This amount varies from one country to the next. You need to have spent fewer than 365 days out of two years prior to making the purchase living in the UK, and you must be leaving the EU (for at least 12 months) within three months of making the purchase.
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