Exquisite Wine and Amazing Sunglasses for Less: Shop Tax-Free in the EU



Exquisite Wine and Amazing Sunglasses for Less: Shop Tax-Free in the EU

Did you know that as a non-EU resident, you are eligible for tax-free shopping within the EU? If you’re coming soon for a holiday or business trip, get to know this incredible advantage and make the most of it! So, how does tax-free shopping work and what are the good tips? If you want to know how to buy exquisite wine and amazing sunglasses for less, read this article!

What is tax-free shopping? 

Tax-free shopping is the possibility for a traveler residing outside the European Union (EU) to reclaim the VAT paid on purchases made within the EU, as long as they bring back all the goods in their personal luggage upon their return.


To easily benefit from this, there is a free mobile application called ZappTax, which democratizes the process of tax refund, offering the best rate. With no minimum purchase amount, it is accepted in all stores, which is more than 1,000,000 stores in France, Belgium, and Spain.

Developed by a Franco-Belgian start-up, ZappTax revolutionizes the way VAT is reclaimed through well-designed interfaces that are constantly improved to provide users with simplified navigation and an optimized tax refund process. All steps have been digitized, from registering invoices to tax-free form validation.

An example?

Let’s imagine that you buy sports equipment during your vacation, as well as a new pair of sunglasses and a few bottles of wine. The total cost of these purchases is 2,500€. By using the ZappTax tax-free shopping operator, you can reclaim the VAT on these products. In reality, they will cost you 2,125€, allowing you to make significant savings!

How does it work?

  1. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play; enter personal details, place of residence, passport number, and banking information.
  2. In store, request invoices in the name of ZappTax, take a photo of them, and upload them on the app.
  3. Receive the tax-free form a few hours before departure and scan it when leaving the EU (at an electronic kiosk or with a customs officer).
  4. Get refunded via bank account, PayPal, or credit card.


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