VAT refunds

  • VAT refund on goods purchased in the EU
  • Conditions for a VAT refund

 

Reclaim a portion of your money

If you are taking goods outside the EU and you also live outside the EU, then, in certain cases, you can reclaim the VAT on goods that you purchased in the EU. 

Reclaiming VAT paid

Compile sales receipts and forms

Compile sales receipts and VAT Refund forms for goods purchased in the EU. Request the VAT Refund form from the vendor. You will require your passport for this.

Go to customs 

Before leaving the EU, go to the customs office to have your VAT Refund forms stamped. Remember to take the goods for which you wish to receive a VAT refund with you to the customs office. 

In the Departures Hall, follow the icon below to report to customs. 

For transfer passengers, customs is located in the commercial area of Pier B.

Receive your VAT refund

Should you qualify, our airport partner, Travelex, will immediately refund the VAT. Alternatively, return the stamped VAT Refund forms to the seller of the goods, specifying your credit card number. The VAT will subsequently be refunded to your credit card. A Travelex desk is invariably located next to the customs office.

Conditions for VAT refund

  • You live outside the EU 
  • You purchased goods in the EU
  • You are taking the goods outside the EU 
  • You made purchases that amount to more than 50 Euros per invoice or Tax-Free Form (VAT Refund form).
    You may combine multiple receipts from the same store on the same VAT Refund form. The sum of Belgian invoices must amount to a minimum of €50.01. 
  • You are in possession of a complete and correctly filled-in VAT Refund form with the corresponding sales receipts attached.
  • You request the refund by no later than the end of the third month following the month in which you purchased the goods.
  • You presented yourself to the Brussels Airport customs office, together with the purchased goods, the VAT Refund form and corresponding sales receipts. 

More info 
More info can be found in the Customs and Excise (General Provisions) brochure below or on the Federal Public Service Finance website.