Non-resident citizens of a European Union (EU) country who have been travelling in Spain, or in any EU country, are entitled to a refund of the taxes paid for their purchases in the EU area before returning to their country of origin.

At present, it is possible to request a refund of Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases in Spain, regardless of the amount involved, as long as the customs stamp does not exceed 3 months from the date the tax-free invoice is issued.

Before checking in baggage at the airport, the user must present the goods purchased to the airport customs office together with the tax free invoices that have been delivered to the establishments where the purchases were made, for them to be stamped.
Once the invoices have been stamped, they must go to the Global Exchange offices in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid and Tenerife Sur airports) to request a refund, provided that the tax free invoices are from one of the following companies: El Corte Inglés, Innova Taxfree, La Caixa, Premier Tax Free, Tax Free Worldwide and Travel Tax Free.

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