Visitors to Namibia who permanently reside in another country are able to claim back VAT paid on all goods purchased during their stay, provided the goods are exported on departure. For visitors departing from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport follow these 3 easy steps:
When making a purchase, identify yourself to the shop assistant as a foreign visitor and request a TAX INVOICE for the goods purchased. If the amount you spend exceeds N$ 5 000 your name and address MUST appear on the TAX INVOICE issued by the store.
For purchases exceeding N$ 10 000 you are required to furnish
proof of payment. This may take the form of a credit card receipt or similar proof.
You can only claim VAT on items purchased for over 250 NAD. The claim can be on multiple items on one receipt, but not separate purchases.
Claim your VAT refund
Present your claim at the VAT Refund Office. VAT Refund Offices are located at O R Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport – Durban. The location of the VAT Refund Office is clearly sign posted.
You will need your:
If the TAX INVOICES were not presented to a customs official
for inspection, you will also need to show the goods at the VAT Refund Office.
Your VAT refund claim will be processed and you will be issued with a VAT REFUND cheque in the currency of your choice, which you can collect at the exchange counter.
You may request that payment be made by direct bank transfer in which case the refund will be made once the claim is approved by Inland Revenue Services. The bank charges associated with the transfer are for your own account.
For more information, please visit: http://www.namibia-1on1.com/namibia-VATrefund.html