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1. What is the Tax Refund Service?

When foreign tourists, non-residents or visitors to Korea purchase goods from tax refund participating establishments (e.g., duty free shops), they are eligible to receive a refund for the value added tax (VAT) as well as individual consumption tax (ICT) on the purchased items they will take out of the country.

  • ◯ Reimbursement: Value-added tax (VAT) 10%
  • Individual consumption tax (ICT) (e.g., high priced-goods such as jewelry)
  • Refund Eligibility: Goods purchased at retail stores designated and registered by the monitoring government ministry must total 30,000 won or more (including tax) and be purchased within 3 months of your departure from Korea. 
  • - Must be a foreign national who has been residing in/visiting Korea for less than 6 months; or
  • - Be an overseas Korean (holder of Korean passport and permanent resident) residing in/visiting Korea for less than 3 months; or 
  • - Be a Korean student studying abroad for two years or more.
  • ** Ineligible Customers for Tax Refund Service
  • U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Korea, diplomats in Korea, foreign nationals without passport or those who have exceeded their visa period, foreign nationals working in Korea, and liaisons.
  • Rate of Refund: Up to 7 or 8%

2. Tax Refund Procedures

Step 1: Make sure to keep your VAT refund receipt when purchasing items.

Be sure to check retail businesses when you’re making purchases at participating stores of the tax refund service. Shops with the refund service should have signs saying “Tax Free," as well as on their VAT refund receipts.

Photo: Logos of designated brands offering tax refund service

Step 2: Claim your tax refund at major airports and service branches located nationwide.

  • 1) At Incheon International Airport
  • ① Get your boarding pass but do not check in your luggage.
  • ② Show the purchased goods to the customs officer and get the "All Goods Exported" endorsement on the refund receipt.
  • ※ If the refunded amount is subject to be less than 50,000 won, using a kiosk machine can be easier, as it follows the same procedures as the customs officer.
  • ③ Proceed to the oversized baggage counter at the check-in area and check-in your luggage.
  • ④ After going through customs, proceed to the refund counter (Gate 27-28) on the departures floor to get your cash refund upon presenting your passport and receipt.
  • ※ When using other international airports or port terminals, tax refund procedures may vary slightly, therefore on-site confirmation of the procedure is highly recommended.
  • [Tip] If you wish to use the tax refund service at airports/port terminals without service desks or when the service booth is closed: Simply fill out the tax refund application form then put it into a designated box available on site. The tax refund will be credited back to your international credit card within a period of a month or two if your requests are successfully made.
  • 2) At other tax refund booths available outside of airports or ports
  • Present your purchased goods, VAT refund receipt, passport, and international credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB) at the VAT refund booth to get an on-site refund in cash. However, if the tax refundable goods are already endorsed with clearance to carry out, the receipt should be submitted at the customs office or designated refund service desks.
  • [Tip] During peak season, around Chinese New Year and other national holiday periods, heavy traffic often causes delays in the customs process, thus getting a tax refund at designated locations outside of airports is advised.
<Location of Tax Refund Booths>
Global Blue
Global Tax Free
(Service window)
Global Tax Free
(Kiosk machine)
  • 1. Hyundai Department Store U-PLEX - Daegu Branch
  • 2. Olive Young – Hongik University Station Branch
    (#103-ho, LG Palace, 165-8, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. Parnas Mall
  • 4. Busan Renecite
  • 5. Namgyeong Medical Co. Ltd.
    (83 Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 6. MCM Myeongdong SPACE
    (8-1 Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, 3F)
  • 7. Hyundai Premium Outlet - Gimpo Branch
  • 8. Olive Young – Ewha Womans University Jungang Branch
    (43 Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 9. Olive Young – Garosugil Branch
    (5 Dosan-daero 13-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 10. Olive Young – Seomyeong Jungang Branch
    (Dongbo Plaza, 704 Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan)
  • 11. Homeplus - Hapjeong Branch
    (Mecenatpolis Mall, 45 Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 12. TNGT (Myeong-dong)
    (Myeong-dong Dept. Store, 21 Myeongdong 8 na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 13. JDS Department Store
    (281-20, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 1F)
KT Tourist Reward
  • 1. Lotte Department Store - Main Branch (Myeong-dong) (1F, 9F)
    (81 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 2. Cheongha Korean Ginseng Co., Ltd. (Kiosk machine)
    (280 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. GS Watsons (Myeong-dong) (Kiosk machine)
    (64 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 4. Hazzys (Myeong-dong)
    (Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 5. Lotte Avenuel - Jamsil Branch (Kiosk machine)
    (300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 6F)
  • 6. Lotte Premium Outlet - Paju Branch (Kiosk machine located at information desk)

* Note: Global Blue and Global Tax Free are two separate organizations offering tax refund services. Therefore, tax refunds for purchased goods from Global Blue can be made at designated Global Blue centers only, and the same applies for Global Tax Free.

More info

  • ☞ Global Blue
  • Website: (English, Chinese, Russian)
  • ☞ Global Tax Free
  • Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ KT Tourist Reward
  • Website: (Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

<Last updated on October 6, 2015>

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