Foreign VAT Refunds Guide from United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The following information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund in United Arab Emirates (UAE). These include claimable expense types, the UAE VAT rates and deadlines, as well as claiming periods.

What Expenses are Claimable for VAT Refund in UAE?

Hotel & Accommodation
0 %
0 %
Conf, Trade Shows & Expo
10 %
Public Transport
0 %
0 %
Marketing Costs
0 %
Professional Fees
0 %
Car Rental
0 %
Training, Courses & Seminar
0 %

What are the United Arab Emirates VAT Rates?

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the standard VAT rate, which is applied to most goods and services, is as follows:

There are exceptions to this standard rate. Certain goods and services are zero-rated (0%) or exempt from VAT
Goods and services which fall under this category include certain healthcare and educational services, international transportation, investment in gold, silver, and platinum, newly constructed residences, and certain oil and gas activities.
Services like certain financial services, residential properties, bare land, and local passenger transport are exempt from VAT.

How to Get VAT Refunds from the United Arab Emirates for Your Business?

Frequently Asked Questions About UAE VAT Recovery

The following countries:

• Austria
• Bahrain
• Belgium
• Denmark
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Iceland
• Isle of Man
• Kuwait
• Under specific circumstances, Lebanon

For businesses in Namibia and South Africa, note that refunds are only granted for goods exported, not for services consumed in the UAE and expenses relating to goods that get exported from a designated UAE port within 90 days, respectively. The services clause does not apply to South Africa.

The remaining countries include:
• Luxembourg
• The Netherlands
• New Zealand
• Norway
• Oman
• Qatar
• Saudi Arabia
• South Korea
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• The United Kingdom
• Zimbabwe

It can take up to 6 months depending on complexity of the claim.

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