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UnionPay tax refund includes tax refund upon returning to China and tax refund in the overseas.
Tax Refund upon Returning to China

UnionPay International, in conjunction with United Money launched the service of tax refund upon returning to China. In case a UnionPay cardholder shops at any designated tax refund stores of EU countries and has its receipt for tax refund sealed by the customs, it is available to apply for tax rebate upon returning to China. The tax refund procedure is characterized by simple operation, rapid transfer and exemption from queuing. (This service is applicable for the UnionPay cards issued in Chinese Mainland only.)

Local tax refund institutions in South Korea:联合货币

You can clickthe query platform for tax refund upon returning to China,where it is available to apply for tax refund or inquire the progress and outlets of tax refund.

Introduction of Overseas Tax Refund

UnionPay has launched the UnionPay card (card number starting with 62) overseas tax refund service in cooperation with Global Blue, Premier Tax Free, Tax Free Worldwide and GB Tax Free that are the world’s largest tax refund institutions. Such service covers 38 countries and regions. Furthermore, in addition to Global Blue, UnionPay has cooperated with local tax refund institutions in South Korea such as KTIS, Global Tax Free and Easy Tax Refund, all of which may refund taxes directly to UnionPay card accounts.

You can apply for tax refunds when shopping in oversea stores only if they are labeled the following logos of tax refund cooperative institutions.

  • Global tax refund institutions
  • Local tax refund institutions in South Korea

If you are using the Premier tax refund service, you can check the Premier global refund points and tax refund progress on Premier Tax Refund Inquiry.

UnionPay Tax Refund Procedure
  • If a merchant where you go shopping supports the tax refund business of the above tax refund institutions, you can ask it for a Tax Free Form, fill out information such as name, passport number in English as required. Please be sure to fill out your UnionPay card number in the part of card number of credit card. If you fail to fill out a Tax Free Form completely, you cannot obtain tax refund.

  • You are required to show your Tax Free Form, passport and purchased commodity (please carry the unused commodity with you for inspection by the customs officers), receipt and so on at airport customs before handling the check-in procedure. The Tax Free Form you’ve duly filled out will be validated if the customs affixes a stamp thereto after verification. The tax refund cannot be completed if the customs fails to affix a stamp to the Tax Free Form.

  • Please put your Tax Free Form that is completely filled out and stamped into the tax refund mailbox of corresponding tax refund company. In case the above tax refund procedure is correctly completely, UnionPay will receive the tax refund application submitted by the tax refund institution and make a timely refund to corresponding issuing bank, and the issuing bank will deposit the refund into the UnionPay card account that you filled out.

Advantages of UnionPay Tax Refund
Advantages of UnionPay Tax Refund
Countries and Regions Supporting Overseas Tax Refund
Tax Refund FAQ
  • 1.How to claim tax refunds on purchases?

    In South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and EU countries, cardholderscan claim tax refunds when they have met the minimum purchase for a tax refund required by the nation concerned at merchants with logos of the following tax refund agencies. Cardholders must also fill out tax refund forms (name, passport No., address, etc.) correctly under the clerk’s guidance in order to get refunded.

  • 3.Can I use my Union Pay card for a tax refund if I haven’t pay with the Union Pay card when shopping at stores?

    Yes, you can. A tax refund form issued by a store generally will provide three options for tax refunds, namely, bank cards, cash and cheques. To use a Union Pay card for a tax refund, you only need to fill in your Union Pay card number(see the picture below). You may tell the attendant at the airport’s tax refund counter that you are using a Union Pay card to claim a tax refund.

    A sample of a tax refund form of Fintrax:

    A sample of a tax refund form of Global Blue:

  • 8.Do I need to put all the purchased goods for tax refund in my hand luggage?

    Yes. If the goods are too large to carry on an airplane, you may put them with your checked luggage after the goods are examined by customs. Customs may refuse to stamp or confirm your tax refund information if the goods are not inspected by the customs.

  • 2.Do tax refund forms need to be stamped by customs?

    Tax refund forms must be stamped by customs. Tax refund forms without the stamp of customs will be deemed invalid and cannot be used to claim tax refunds. Goods departing from EU territory shall be examined by customs, and the tax refund forms shall be stamped by EU customs. It should be noted that the tax refund forms of Switzerland need to be affixed with the stamp of Swiss customs.

  • 4.Can both Union Pay debit cards and credit cards be used for claiming tax refunds on purchases?

    Yes. All Union Pay debit cards and credit cards (card number starts with 62) can be used for claiming tax refunds on purchases. Generally, the bank card column on tax refund forms is marked with “Credit Card”. However, no matter this blank is filled with the number of a Union Pay debit card or credit card, the refund will be transferred to the corresponding account.

  • 5.Can Union Pay cards be used for claiming tax refunds if no Union Pay logo or word appears on the tax refund forms?

    Yes. Although in some countries, the Union Pay logo or words are not printed on tax refund forms due to system reasons, you can still fill in your Union Pay card number to claim tax refunds on the forms of tax refund agencies cooperating with Union Pay.

  • 6.How can I inquire the processing status of a tax refund after claiming it (only with Union Pay cards issued within the Chinese Mainland)?

    Currently, inquiries can be made via Union Pay Wallet. You may obtain the information about the processing status of tax refunds by scanning the following QR code, and accessing "Union Pay Wallet Client—Life Channel—Tax Refund Inquiry".

  • 7.Can purchased goods for tax refund be used immediately?

    No. Purchased goods cannot be opened or used until they are examined by customs before departing from the territory.