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Tax free in Northern Cyprus

Updated: 3 days ago

In Northern Cyprus, there is a tax refund system known as Tax Free.

This means that for certain goods purchased within the territory of Northern Cyprus, you have the right to receive a refund of the Value Added Tax (VAT) included in the price, which amounts to 20%.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TAX REFUND

To receive a partial refund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Not be a resident of Northern Cyprus (not having permanent residency);
  • Legally be in Northern Cyprus as a tourist;
  • No more than 3 months should have passed since the purchase (the maximum stay on the island without permanent residency);
  • The packaging must be unopened, and the item should not appear used;
  • The purchase must be made at a participating store.

GOODS ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND

These include gold and jewelry, clothing, footwear, and electronics. You cannot receive a refund for items of regular use, such as food products.

TAX REFUND PROCEDURE AT THE AIRPORT

  1. The purchase must be made at a store that displays a sign indicating participation in the program. Unfortunately, there aren't many such stores, and an example is the Sharaf Store electronics store chain.
  2. Before making a purchase, inform the seller that you would like a refund - they will provide a special form to fill out. At the Tax Free counter at the airport, present the item, the receipt, the completed form from the store, and your passport.
  3. The counter is located on the left side of the airport, before the check-in counters, and you can see what it looks like in the photo in the article.
  4. There is no permanent staff on site; to summon someone, you need to call internally at extension 1014.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TAX REFUND IN NORTHERN CYPRUS

How long does it take to receive the refund?

The refund will be transferred to the bank account specified in the form within a period of 1 to 3 months.

How can the time limit be extended after the purchase?

The time limit is restricted to three months, but students and teachers teaching in Northern Cyprus have the right to a refund within six months.

What is the minimum purchase amount for tax refund?

There is a minimum amount for tax refund, based on half of the current minimum wage, which changes every few months in accordance with inflation.

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