1. What’s a tax refund?
In Korea, sales taxes are included in the purchase price of each product. If you’re a visitor to Korea (non-resident) and are taking goods out of the country, you may be eligible for a tax refund upon your departure.
● Refundable taxes: VAT/sales tax (10%) and special taxes on high-priced goods (jewelry, etc.)
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 TAXFREE” logo. Many participating shops can be found in popular tourist shopping areas such as the Myeongdong and Dongdaemun areas.
After your purchase, show the sales assistant your passport and ask him or her to issue and sign a refund form.
*Make sure to collect a refund slip from each participating store each time you make a purchase.
When checking-in at the airport, declare the purchased goods at customs and get the “ALL GOODS EXPORTED” endorsement from customs on your refund forms.
– For carry-ons:
☞ For any large items that have already been shipped, present the purchase and shipping receipts to customs.
① After going through customs, proceed to the Refund Counter on the departure floor to get your cash refund.
② If you are using 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 in the bank account associated with your credit card. Please allow one or two months for payment.
(*Note: Go to Global Blue counter for refunds on goods purchased at Global Blue TAX FREE stores; Go to the GLOBAL TAXFREE counter for refunds on goods purchased at GLOBAL TAXFREE stores. )
3. Refund Counter Information
▪ Incheon International Airport: refund counter (3F, departure floor, in front of gate 28)
Refund Counter at Incheon International Airport
Gimhae International Airport Refund Counter