UAE: VAT Tourist Refund Scheme to be Launched on November 18

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority has announced the Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme will start on 18 November. It will allow eligible tourists to request VAT refunds they incur on purchases. The first phase will see the digital system of the Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme implemented at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah International Airports. By mid-December, the system will be fully operational and will include all airports and land and sea ports in the UAE in line with the Cabinet Decision to strengthen the UAE’s leading position as a global tourist destination.

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