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ETA: Tax Free system launched at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport

AT Sharm El Sheikh International Airport launched the Tax Free system for foreign tourists. About it writes Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to the IRS Egypt (ETA).

It is noted that the new scheme has earned during the International Climate Conference (COP 27), held at the popular resort from 6 to 18 November. She provided Sharm el-Sheikh with a full load in hotels, as well as the status of the region, the first in the country to launch Tax Free according to the international model.

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Now travelers will have the opportunity to receive a VAT refund on purchases if their stay in Egypt does not exceed three months, the cost of the purchased goods is at least 1,500 Egyptian pounds (about 3,700 rubles) and there is an electronic receipt from the purchase indicating the details of the buyer’s passport.

It is noted that tourists must present the purchased item in unopened packaging. It should also not be used before leaving the country. Moreover, ETA emphasized that vacationers need to make sure that the outlet where they are going to purchase goods is connected to the Tax Free system. This will be indicated by a special sticker at the entrance to the store or an announcement at the checkout.

When departing from Egypt, foreigners at the airport will present purchased goods, a passport and a check for verification. Tourists will need a bank card to transfer the amount of the refunded tax. In what currency VAT will be returned is not yet specified.

Thus, a limited number of Russian citizens will be able to use Tax Free in Sharm el-Sheikh, since for this they need a bank card issued abroad. Transfer to domestic bank cards, including the plastic of the Mir payment system, is not yet possible in Egypt.

Earlier Russians called the most budgetary beach destinations for holidays in November. According to ATOR, holidays in Egypt will be the cheapest for domestic tourists, Turkey and UAE.

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