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.
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.
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*Note: Global Blue and Global Tax Free are two different 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.
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, heavy traffic often creates delays in the customs process, thus getting a tax refund at the designated booths prior to boarding is advised.
Visit the websites for more information.
Website: www.globalblue.com (English, Chinese, Russian)
Website: www.global-taxfree.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Last updated, March 3, 2014