Taxes and Guides

Food and basic necessities are taxed at the lowest rate, but most consumer goods are taxed at 21%. Non–EU citizens can request a Tax-Free Form on purchases of €90.16 and over in shops displaying the Tax-Free Shopping sticker. Refunds (either cash or credit) can be obtained at the airport. First get your forms stamped by the customs officer, then hand them to the refund counter in Terminal 1 or 2a (you can also mail them later). Remember that goods must be unused and unopened in order to get the refund. Global Blue Cheque users can also obtain a refund at the tourist office in Plaça de Catalunya, as well as the main office of Barcelona Turisme in the Eixample (Passatge de la Concepció 7–9, open 9.30-8), which can save you the stress of dealing with airport counters. For further information, plus tips on where to shop, check Turisme Barcelona’s website ( ).

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