As a tourist, you are not required to pay the additional Value Added Tax (VAT) on items that cost over 5,000 Baht and which you intend to take out of Thailand.
All you need to do is announce at each purchase costing over 5,000 Baht that you would like to profit from the VAT.
You are then required to show your passport and the PP-10 form is handed to you which you should keep together with your original receipt.
At your departure, present the purchased item, the original receipt, and the PP-10 form to the Customs Inspection for VAT Refund Office.
If the total value is less than 30,000 Baht, your refund can be handed out either in cash, bank transfer or credited to your credit card.
Should the total amount exceed 30,000 Baht, you must drop your paperwork into the nearby collection box and your refund will be transferred to you via bank or credit card.
How to claim your VAT refund
Claiming VAT refunds will only work in stores that have the “VAT Refunds for Tourist” sign displayed.
The goods must have a value of at least 5,000 Baht (including VAT), or single purchases of at least 2,000 Baht per day. The goods must be presented at the airport within 60 days from the date of purchase.
When purchasing your goods, present your passport and ask the sales assistant to complete the VAT Refund Application for Tourists Form (also known as PP-10). The original receipt must be attached to the form as well.
At the airport, Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang International Airport, present all paper work to the Customs Office for inspection before you check in.
In the case of luxuries goods such as gold watches, jewelry, etc., further inspections by the Revenue Officer at the departure lounge is necessary.
How will your refund be paid out
Refunds adding up to less than 30,000 Baht will be paid out either in cash (Thai Baht), bank transfer or credited to your credit card.
Refunds paid out in cash will have a fee of 100 Baht. Bank or credit card transfers will also have a fee of 100 Baht but additional bank charges will apply.