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Submitted on Mar 21, 2020 Useful Info

How to get tourist VAT refunds in Morocco

  • You can receive a VAT refund of up to 20% if you make our purchases that amount up to €2000 while you're in Morocco.

Eligibility

  • Any tourist who doesn't have Moroccan citizenship or a Morocco residence permit
  • Not all purchases qualify for VAT refunds. There are no refunds if you buy these items
  1. Medicines
  2. Tobacco
  3. Food
  4. Gemstones
  5. Patent cultural artifacts.
  6. Private transport

Important tips

  • You only receive refunds on goods you had purchased within a period of 90 days, which is the standard tourist visa period in Morocco. In case you plan to extend your visa claim your refund for previous purchases then extend your stay.
  • To receive your VAT refund in Morocco the eligible goods you buy must be for export. They'll verify this at the airport during your departure. Goods must be unused at the time of departure.

How to fill out VAT refund forms in Morocco

  • If you make purchases qualifying for a tax refund the vendor will give you a tax-free form to fill out. You can either choose to fill out a government form or a tax refund company form such as Global blue.
  • In my case, I always opted for global blue since their refund processing is faster though they collect a percentage of your VAT refund as a fee.
  • For global blue they don't need the original receipts since the tax-free forms are proof of purchases, I'm not sure though if this is also the case with government refunds.
  • During your departure, you'll need to have all your tax free forms validated and stamped. This can be done at either the global blue desk or at customs.
  • Tip: If you have filled out global blue forms, the claiming process is easier if you depart from either Marrakech or Casablanca international airports since they have global blue desks there. You can validate and claim your refund in cash.
  • If you depart from other airports (Except Marrakech and Casablanca) and you had filled out global blue forms, you'll have to mail them to global blue after they have been validated by customs.
  • If you had filled government tax-free forms you'll drop them at customs and your refund will be added to your credit card.
  • I departed from Merana airport in Marrakech. Global blue offices are located in the public area of terminal 1.