Tax or VAT

As a foreigner to the Czech Republic, you are entitled to receiving some of the VAT or sales tax back on purchases you made. Sales tax or DPH is 21% on most products and approximately 15% can be refunded.

The rules are:

  • You need to spend at least KČ 2000 (EUR 80) in the store that participated in the program, during the same day. The logo TAX-FREE is written on the door or ask.
  • You need to have the store fill out a form for you.
  • You need to have this form stamped by the customs officials at the border or airport when you leave the European Union (show the merchandise to the customs official).  This means, if you bought something in Prague but are leaving from Vienna to go back a country outside of the European Union (USA, India, any Asian country, etc.) you must have this form stamped at the customs booth of that last airport, i.e. Vienna.
  • The refund must be claimed on the border or in your participating home location within 30 days of date of purchase. The “Tax Free” store will give you all the details.