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Adrian45 Mar 14th, 2007 08:04 AM

Prices for UE citizens and other
A friend of mine, who just come back from a trip to France, Germany and Austria, told me that there are smaller prices for the EU citizens than for people from other countries.

We visited a year ago Germany and we did not note this thing.

Do you know if this is true?

GeoffHamer Mar 14th, 2007 08:15 AM

Yes, if you buy something in a shop in Europe, you now have to show a passport and, if you're American, the price is doubled.

PalenQ Mar 14th, 2007 08:20 AM

May well be talking about museum entries where discounts for say seniors it often says only for EU citizens or youth reductions that may have similar restrictions.

I saw these often a month ago at museums in Italy and Paris.

But otherwise no - nothing else to my knowledge save perhaps some local transport passes that may be available only to locals.

PalenQ Mar 14th, 2007 08:21 AM

In fact with the VAT refund scheme sign on many shops if you spend a rather significant sum you can then get the usually about 15-20% Value Added Tax refunded when you leave the EU - so in this case prices for foreigners would be much cheaper!

kenderina Mar 14th, 2007 09:46 AM

That said as a general statement it's simply not true. Even the Duty Free shops at airports in the EU are not duty free for us , EU citizens :) Yes, there are some discounts for senior or students in museums that you have to be an eu citizen but they are very, very few...(maybe a couple of euros less) and don't apply everywhere.

walkinaround Mar 14th, 2007 09:56 AM

no, this is simply not true. free trade principles dictate that the same prices be offered to everyone, no matter their citizenship status. i can't think of a single instance in europe where prices were different for citizens vs non-citizens.

Adrian45 Mar 14th, 2007 10:51 AM

My question was wrong. I did not want to ask about prices in general, but only about entry fees at museums.

Thank you for answers.

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