In many countries of the world, the mechanism of VAT refund to foreign citizens for purchased goods is used, which contributes to the attractiveness of trade and the development of tourism.
The Republic of Belarus has established and operates a VAT refund system (Tax Free), the operator of which is the Republican unitary enterprise "Beltamozhservice".
VAT refund in our country is made to a foreign citizen who does not have a permanent residence in the member state of the Eurasian economic Union, which must be confirmed by a passport or other document. This system can be used in case of purchase of goods in the amount of 80 Belarusian rubles (equivalent to 35 euros) for one day in one store, working on the system Tax Free, that is, signed a contract for the provision of services with RUE "Beltamozhservice".
In 2018, the number of retail facilities providing services under this system approached 400. Their geography covers not only regional, but also regional centers of the Republic. The stores offer products of both imported and domestic production: jewelry, clothing, shoes, electrical appliances and other goods.
The website developed by RUE "Beltamozhservice" helps foreigners to get acquainted with the objects of trade and goods presented in them www.tax-free.by.
Useful information about Tax Free is now possible to get from the official pages of Tax Free Belarus in social networks Facebook and Twitter, you can get acquainted with the system in the world guide Wikitravel, the world encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as on the Belarusian tourist portals TopBelarus and Vetliva.
Until recently, the refund was carried out only by Bank transfer to a Bank card. With the beginning of the tourist season of 2018 at the national airport Minsk, the operator of RUE "Beltamozhservice" opened a point for VAT refund to foreign citizens directly when leaving the country. This innovation will certainly be appreciated by all users of the Tax Free system.
Reference: For clearance of the cheque VAT refund on the system to Minsk National airport customs recommends you to reserve 15-20 minutes.