Technical preparations for VAT tourist refund underway

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Manama, Jan. 8(BNA): The National Bureau for Taxation (NBT) affirmed that it is currently completing its technical preparations for the implementation of a VAT refund scheme in 2019, which allow visitors to claim refunds on a portion of VAT paid on taxable goods and services purchased during their visit.

To be introduced in partnership with a global operator, the fully integrated system that links registered companies to Bahrain International Airport’s departure area will facilitate reimbursements and offer tourists a seamless experience of disbursing the VAT refund.

The NBT recognizes that VAT reimbursements is a common practice introduced to increase visitor expenditure and boost the inflow of tourists as a stimulant for businesses' competitiveness and overall economic growth. 

For further information please contact the Call Center on 80008001 or for general and technical queries in addition to taking advantage of the information available on the NBT’s website (, Instagram and Twitter (@BahrainNBT).


BNA 1609 GMT 2019/01/08