Departure Tax Refund Policy in China

by editor01 2019-01-21

Departure tax refund policy is a preferential policy for overseas tourists in domestic shopping to refund VAT(Value Added Tax) when they leaves China. To be more specific, it is that qualified overseas tourists who hold passports and other valid documents traveling to the country, can apply for tax refund at departure ports. And they buy goods that must be met the requirements of the state at the tax refund shops  put on record by the tax authorities. What's more, goods restricted from export by the state cannot enjoy the departure tax refund policy.

Who can enjoy the Departure Tax Refund Policy?

The foreign visitors and travelers from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are entitled to the tax refund policy.

Requirements to Enjoy Departure Tax Refund

  • Visitors are required to stay in Mainland China for no more than 183 consecutive days.
  • Visitors must spend a minimum cost of 500 yuan a day at a duty-free store.
  • The purchased goods have not been in use yet.
  • The buyer shall leave China within 90 days after the purchase date.
  • Goods purchased for duty-free should leave China with the buyer.

How much refund can one get?

The tax refund rate is 11% and the tax refund amount shall be the total cost multiplied by the refund rate.

Where does the refund go?

The currency of tax refund is RMB, there are two available ways: cash or bank transfer. If the amount is less than 10,000 yuan, you can choose either way you like. If it is more than 10,000 yuan, only the bank transfer is available.

Where to reclaim the refund?

Visitors can receive tax rebates at the city's exit ports, mostly in the airports verified by joint inspection and customs.

Other Chinese Cities Adopted the Departure Tax Refund Policy

Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Jiangsu Province, Hebei Province, Shaanxi Province, Yunnan Province, Anhui Province, Sichuan Province, Liaoning Province, Fujian Province, Hainan Province as well as Harbin, Heihe, Suifenhe in Heilongjiang Province.


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