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Submitted on Mar 23, 2020 Useful Info

How to get tourist VAT refunds in Uruguay

  • There are two categories of VAT refunds in Uruguay:
  1. Refunds on services- accommodation, car hire, and catering services.
  2. Refunds on export purchases above 600 Uruguayan pesos.
  • VAT refund rate: 18-22%

Eligibility

  • 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.
  1. Leather goods
  2. Clothes
  3. Shoes
  4. Craft
  5. Knitting
  6. Souveniers
  • 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.