NBR announces the opening of a new VAT refund desk for visitors at Bahrain International Airport

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Bahrain’s National Bureau for Revenue (NBR) today announced the launch of a VAT refund desk at the Bahrain International Airport. Launched in collaboration between the Bahrain Airport Company and Planet, the new desk offers VAT refund solutions for tourists and non-residents visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as citizens residing abroad.

The VAT refund desk uses an integrated system that allows VAT refund claims on local purchases from over 300 retail outlets across the Kingdom.

The VAT refund desk represents one of many measures the Kingdom is implementing to expand regional and international tourist base, while increasing market competitiveness and expanding growth across Bahrain’s established tourism sector.

Commenting on the announcement, the Chief Commercial Officer of the Bahrain Airport Company, Ayman Zainal said:

“BAC is pleased to support the Ministry of Finance and National Economy and the National Bureau for Revenue in Bahrain with this important function. Two dedicated stands will be set up at the airport where tourists can avail hassle-free VAT refunds on their shopping.”

The Country Manager of Planet, Eyad Al Kourdi, also welcomed the launch of the new desk saying:

“Planet is proud to be working closely with the National Bureau for Revenue and the Bahrain Airport Company to deliver a fast, efficient and state-of-the-art digital VAT refund scheme as the Kingdom of Bahrain’s tourism and retail sectors continue to grow and attract shoppers from across the world.”

The NBR also outlined the following steps for completing VAT refund submissions at the Bahrain International Airport:

Claimers are required to present their passports, entry visa permits, GCC National IDs, or residency permits for Bahraini nationals living abroad, when shopping VAT Free.

Claimers need to request VAT free tags, available at retail stores, upon completing their purchase. The tags can be attached to receipts, which will be validated along with purchased goods at the VAT refund desk during check out.

Refunds will be paid in cash or via a credit/ debit card account provided by the claimer.