If you are traveling to Czechia and plan to go for shopping you should be aware of Tax Free refund in Prague. This is a very simple procedure, but you should fulfill every step carefully in order to get your money back after shopping. The minimum sum of purchase is 2001 CZK. The refund in Prague is about 11% of the sum you spent in a shop.

How to get Tax Free?

When going for shopping in Prague you should look for a Global Blue Tax Free sign. To be on the safe side you can also ask the shop assistants, if they have this program. From my personal experience, almost all well-known shops and boutiques in Prague follow the Tax Free refund program. So the first step is to find a shop and to buy goods for the sum over 2000 CZK. It doesn’t matter, if you pay with cash or by card.

When you pay, ask the shop assistant to issue an envelope with Global Blue form. This form you need to fill out. If it is your first time or you are afraid of making a mistake, ask the assistant to help you. You have to write with block Latin letters only. So this is the second step.

The third step to tax free refund in Prague is a stamp. If you are flying from Vaclav Havel airport in Prague you need to find a window Tax FREE. There are two offices: in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. All you have to do is to show the goods you have to declare at Custom desk and the filled form, receipts as well as you passport. If everything is correct, the custom officer will stamp the documents. Almost done!

MIND the 3 rules:

  1. All the things purchased need to new and unused.
  2. Do stamp the Tax Free refund forms before the check-in.
  3. The stamps live only for 3 months.

Money back procedure

After you bought things, filled out the form, got it stamped in the airport, you have to make the last step to get your money back. However tax Free refund in Prague will be possible only after you send for free (you will get an envelope ready to be sent) all the documents to the Global Blue Centre. Please, make sure that you have a copy of the documents, provided the sum of the refund is big. Because sometimes it happens, that either the post or the office can loose the documents.

How does it work?

When you send the form to Global Blue they review the documents and send the money to your bank account and credit card. The latter you mention in the form. Simple, isn’t it? How much will you get? The sum of the refund is 21% minus 10%, which takes Global Blue as a commission. So the total sum you get is 11%. For example, if you buy things for 500 Euros, you will get 55 Euros back on your credit card as Tax Free refund in Prague.

In fact, I strongly recommend to avoid taking cash as a refund in the airport, because you loose a lot. Best way is to follow the procedure above.

The list of non-refundable goods:

  • Food and spirits;
  • Petrol;
  • Guns and weapon;
  • Cars and other vehicles.
  • How to get Tax Free refund in Prague?

However the second way of getting tax free refund in Prague is to go to one of the shopping centers and to claim the money back. In this case you take the responsibility of sending the documents to the Global Blue office. In case you make mistakes or forget to stamp the forms or just don’t send the envelope, you will be fined and they will take the money from your bank account. So again remind you of being very attentive to the details.

Where make tax free refund in Prague

Palladium

  • Address: Namesti Republiky 1078/1, Prague 1;
  • Daily: 09:00 – 21:00.

Erpet

  • Address: Staroměstské náměstí 462/27, Prague 1.
  • Daily: 10:00 – 17:00.

VAN GRAF

  • Address: Václavské náměstí 834/17, Prague 1;
  • Daily: 10:00 – 17:00.

Fashion Arena

  • Address: Zamenhofova 440, Prague 10;
  • Daily: 10:00 – 20:00.

Novy Smichov

  • Address: Plzeňská 8, Prague 5;
  • Daily: 09:00 – 21:00.

READ ALSO:

  1. Exchange in Prague;
  2. How much money to take to Prague;
  3. Shopping in Prague;
  4. Private shopping tours in Prague.

To sum up all the information I want to say the following. Tax Free refund in Prague is a simple, but quite a time consuming thing to do. Always count, that the maximum you get is 11% of the sum you spend for the purchased goods. So in case the sum starts with 300-500 Euros, it is worth of the time you spend. If you still have any question about the issue, feel free to ask in the comments.

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