There are two categories of VAT refunds in Uruguay:
Refunds on services- accommodation, car hire, and catering services.
Refunds on export purchases above 600 Uruguayan pesos.
VAT refund rate: 18-22%
Anyone whose permanent residence is outside Uruguay.
How to get VAT refunds on Services in Uruguay.
In the case of hotel booking, car hire and catering services all you have to do is pay using your foreign debit card and the VAT ( 18% ) is refunded.
Important to note
Visa cards and MasterCard are the common credit and debit cards in Uruguay. It's almost impossible to find a place that will accept Diners and American Express cards.
In case you are using a visa card, you receive a refund immediately. For MasterCard users, the refund is given to you monthly, it doesn't reflect on your card immediately.
Refund on export purchases
VAT refunds are paid if the following goods are exported from Uruguay in your personal luggage.
Once you purchase goods worth 600 Uruguyuan pesos, you'll fill out a global blue form that will be given to you by the retailer.
After verification by customs when departing from either an airport or seaport drop or send your tax-free forms to global blue offices. You'll receive your refund minus global blue service fee by credit transfer.
Global blue refund claim points in Uruguay
There are about 11 global blue refund points across Uruguay including at airports, seaports, and land border points.
There is one at airports in both Montevideo and Punta del Este.