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Tax Refunds print

1. What is the tax refund policy?

Each and every product sold in Korea includes sales tax in the purchase price. These taxes are collected and invested in social welfare for Korean residents. Non-residents, or visitors to Korea, may be eligible for a tax refund on purchased goods they will take out of the country.

◯ Reimbursement:
Value-added Tax (VAT) 10%
Luxury Tax (e.g., high priced-goods such as jewelry)

◯ Refund Eligibility:
Purchased goods at retail stores designated and registered by the monitoring government ministry must total 30,000 won or more (inclusive of tax) and be purchased within 3 months of your departure from Korea.
- Must be a foreign visitor who has been visiting or residing in Korea for less than six months; or
- Be an overseas Korean (holder of Korean passport and permanent resident) visiting or residing in Korea for less than 3 months; or
- Be a Korean student studying abroad for three years or more.
**Ineligible Customers: U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, diplomats in Korea, foreigners without passport, those who exceed their visa, foreigners working in Korea and liaisons

2. Procedures

Step 1

Make a purchase of 30,000 won or more at a participating retail store. Participating stores are designated by the "Global Blue Tax Free" or "Global Tax Free" logo. Be sure to keep your VAT refund receipt when purchasing items.

Step 2

[At Airports and Seaport Terminals]

  • ① Get your boarding pass (Ticketing).
  • ② Show the purchased goods to the customs officer and get the "All Goods Exported" endorsement on the refund receipt.
  • ③ Proceed to the oversized baggage counter at the check-in area and check-in your baggage.
  • ④ After going through customs, proceed to the Refund Counter on the departures floor to get your cash refund.

[Other Tax Refund Booths]

  • ① Present your purchased goods, VAT refund receipt, passport, and international credit card (VISA, Master, American Express) at the VAT refund booth.
  • ② The tax refund will be credited back to your international credit card upon departure or you can get an on-site refund in cash.

<Location of Tax Refund Booths>

Global Blue
  Service Branch Help Desk Location
Shinsegae Department Store - Main Store 52-5, Chungmuro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Main floor)
Shinsegae Department Store - Gangnam Branch 19-3, Banpo 4-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Central City 2F)
Hyundai Department Store - Apgujeong Branch (Main Store) 429, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (2F)
Hyundai Department Store - COEX Branch 159-7, Samseong 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (2F)
Galleria Department Store 494, Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Luxury Hall, West 5F)
Doota 18-12, Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Doosan Tower B2F)
Lotte FIT (Dongdaemun) 21-31, Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (8F)
Olive Young - Main Branch (Myeong-dong) 9-20, Myeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (2F)
Lotte World Mall 29, Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul (5F)
Hwachang Korean Ginseng Store 149-48, Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Hwachangtosan 1F)
Shinsegae Department Store - Centum City Branch 1495, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (1F)
Busan Bank - Lotte Seomyeon Branch 777, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan (Underground) (Bujeon-dong)
Busan Bank - Sinchang-dong Branch 13, Gwangbokjungang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (Sinchang-dong 1-ga)
Busan Bank - East Busan Outlet Branch 147, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan (3F)
Busan Bank – Busan Premium Outlet Branch 1133, Jeonggwan-ro, Jangan-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan (3F)
JDS Department Store 281-20, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do JDS (1F)
Kiosk Hyundai Department Store U-PLEX (Daegu) 2077, Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu (8F)
Olive Young - Hongdae Branch 165-8, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (LG Palace #103-ho)
Parnas Mall 159-8, Samseong 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (B1F)
Busan Renecite 529-1, Gwaebeop-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan (1F)
Namgyeong Medical Co. Ltd. 83, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga)
MCM SPACE (Myeong-dong) 8-1, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (3F)
JDS Department Store 281-20, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (1F)

*Note: Global Blue and Global Tax Free are two separate organizations offering tax free 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.

Step 3

If you are at an airport or seaport where there is no refund counter, or if the refund counter is closed, place your forms in the designated mailbox (after receiving your endorsement from customs). Your refund will be sent by post (via money order) or directly deposited to the bank account associated with your credit card. Please allow one or two months for payment.

During peak season, around Chinese New Year and other national holiday periods, large volumes of requests often create delays in customs processing, thus getting a tax refund at the designated booths prior to boarding is advised.

3. Other information

Visit the companies' official websites for more information.

*Global Blue
Website: (English, Chinese, Russian)

Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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