Tax Free System in the Russian Federation

Dear guests of the Russian Federation,
Since April 2018, the value-added tax refund system (Tax Free System) has been launched in the Russian Federation.

To be eligible for a VAT refund, you must be a citizen of a foreign country outside of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU – the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation).

To receive a tax-free service, you should purchase goods for no less than 10,000 roubles (approx. 150 USD in national currency), tax included, from a single retailer during one day at retailer locations approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Certain retailers provide VAT refund services in the following cities:

  • Saransk (the Republic of Mordovia);
  • Kazan (the Republic of Tatarstan);
  • Sochi (Krasnodar Krai);
  • Volgograd (Volgograd Oblast);
  • Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Oblast);
  • Krasnogorsk (Moscow Oblast);
  • Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast);
  • Rostov-on-Don (Rostov-on-Don Oblast);
  • Samara (Samara Oblast);
  • Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Oblast);
  • Moscow;
  • Saint Petersburg.

VAT refund is not applicable to excise goods, including alcohol and tobacco.

To receive a refund, export your purchased goods through border crossings approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.

  1. Road border crossings
    • Mamonovo-Grzechotki
  2. Air border crossings
    • Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport)
    • Volgograd (Gumrak Airport)
    • Ekaterinburg (Koltsovo Airport)
    • Kazan
    • Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo Airport)
    • Moscow (Vnukovo Airport)
    • Moscow (Domodedovo Airport)
    • Moscow (Sheremetyevo Airport)
    • Nizhny Novgorod (Strigino Airport)
    • Rostov-on-Don (Platov Airport)
    • Samara (Kurumoch Airport)
    • Saint Petersburg (Pulkovo Airport)
    • Saransk
    • Sochi
  3. Sea border crossings
    • Bolshoi Port, Saint Petersburg
    • Vladivostok
    • Passenger Port, Saint Petersburg

Individuals can claim a tax refund within a year after the purchase provided that the goods are exported within three months from the purchase date.

For more details, please contact Tax Free operators in Russia:

  1. HI.SKY;
  2. Global Blue;
  3. Premier Tax Free.