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General Facts

Tax free shopping

The VAT you pay on purchased goods in Switzerland is 8%. You may ask at the shops for your Global Refund Cheque and reclaim the VAT. Your total purchases in a shop must amount to more than CHF 300 (including VAT). You must be a resident outside Switzerland and the goods must be exported within 30 days. More informations:

Swiss Federal Tax Administration FTA
Three easy steps to claiming your refund in Switzerland:

Step 1: Refund Cheque
Ask the shop staff for a Refund Cheque when paying for your purchases.

Step 2: Customs Stamp
Show your purchases, receipt and passport to Customs when leaving the country, or at the final point of departure when leaving the European Union, and have your Refund Cheque stamped.

Step 3: Refund Office
Show the stamped Refund Cheque, passport and credit card at a nearby Refund Office and ask for an Immediate Refund on your credit card. Alternatively the refund can be paid in cash.

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