Tax Free System in Russia

Rysslands Utrikesministerium i sociala medier

Information on the Implementation of the 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 (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.

I. Road border crossings

  • Mamonovo-Grzechotki

II. 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

III. 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: