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Duty-free and VAT

Purchases made at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are duty-free. You can be sure of getting the best deal in the Netherlands, whatever your destination.

The benefits
Buy items at the prices that apply to flights outside the European Union, regardless of your destination. This excludes alcohol and tobacco products, which are subject to sales tax and duties and are therefore priced at the regular retail rate.

The European Union
The following countries are Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (Greek part), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. An exception applies to the Channel Islands and the Canary Islands: if you fly to these destinations, you can buy alcohol and tobacco products duty-free.

Outside of the European Union
Will you be flying to a destination within the European Union to continue your journey to a non-EU country? If so, you don’t need to pay sales tax or duties on tobacco and liquor. In that case, be sure to tell the clerk at the till.

VAT refund
If you live outside the EU, you can claim back the sales tax (VAT) on any purchases made in the Netherlands. Specific conditions apply. For further information, please contact Customs at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol directly at +31 (0)20 – 316 47 00, or Global Blue at +31 (0)23 - 524 19 09.