WHAT DOES DUTY FREE MEAN?
As you know, Value Added Tax (VAT) is applied to products that are purchased in France.
The standard rate is 20% but it may vary depending on the nature of the product purchased. Non-EU nationals can benefit from a VAT refund of between 12% and 16%. VAT refunds also apply to French nationals living abroad for more than 6 months and 1 day per year (Asia, Middle East, Africa, USA, etc.). In order to be eligible for the tax exemption, several eligibility conditions must be met: to have purchased more than €175.01 worth of goods in the same store and on the same day; be in France for less than 6 months and be at least 16 years old. Shops with a « TAX FREE » logo will provide you with a tax-free form.