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The person applying for VAT refunds must have a status of a traveller. According to the law, it is a natural person who lives permanently outside the European Union (EU). The place of permanent residence of the traveller shall be established on the basis of an identity document.

A traveller who meets the above criteria is entitled to a refund of VAT on goods purchased on the territory of Poland, provided that the products exported outside the EU are intact and in their original packaging.

Tax Free for tourists

Do shopping, collect a receipt, fill in the Tax Free form
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How do I apply for Tax Free?

Ask a shop assistant to issue a Tax Refund Cheque. Make sure that all personal details are entered correctly and that a receipt from the cash register is attached. The date on the document must be the same as the date on the receipt. The minimum amount of the purchase value must be PLN 200.
Report to the Customs Office when leaving the EU. Present your Tax Free document together with your proof of transaction and passport. The customs officer shall confirm the export by affixing a stamp. The lack of a customs seal on the Tax Free form prevents you from receiving a refund. The goods must be exported no later than on the last day of the third month from the date of purchase, e. g. by buying on 14 August you can export the goods no later than 30 November.
You can get your refund from Global Blue (list of agencies is available on To apply for a refund you must present a stamped Tax Free form. It should remember that the intermediary may charge a commission on the amount of tax refunded. The conquered Polish Tax Free form is valid for 10 months from the month of purchase. The cash tax refund can only be received during this period. Tax refunds based on the Polish Tax Free form can only be made in cash.
In Poland, the rules for the refund of VAT to travellers are regulated by the Act on Value Added Tax and Excise Duty and the executive regulations to the Act - the Ordinance of the Minister of Finance. Act of 11 March 2004 on Value Added Tax - Section XII, Chapter 6, Articles 126 - 130 (Journal of Laws No 54, item 535, as amended).