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Best items to buy in amsterdam

best items to buy in amsterdam

When you fly from Schiphol you can still shop tax-free in the world of See Buy Fly after Passport Control. This means you will continue to save more money at Schiphol than elsewhere in the Netherlands. Whatever your destination. You only need a boarding card to shop: all you have to do next is enjoy the savings on your purchases.

Tax-free shopping within the EU

The government amended regulations in 1999, abolishing actual tax-free shopping for travellers within the EU. Tax-free shopping was, and still is, possible when travelling outside the EU. To avoid making prices destination-dependent, the airport’s retailers agreed to charge the same prices for EU and non-EU destinations. The retailers themselves now pay the VAT on various products which would otherwise be charged to passengers travelling within the EU. This way prices can be kept low, and all passengers departing from Schiphol can purchase products tax-free.

Your advantage

As a passenger you still save just as much because the VAT is paid by the retailers. The shops at Schiphol also have special offers on their entire range of products, with prices generally 30% lower than in local shops. You also benefit from the wide range of products. At Schiphol you find the top brands, but also speciality stores with unique alcoholic beverages and delicacies all under one roof.

Exceptions

Two different price levels do apply to tobacco products: for destinations within the EU (same as the local price) and destinations outside the EU (tax-free, so cheaper). The reason for this is that the EU does not allow discounts on tobacco products. There are a few more categories of articles which are not subject to the usual rules, including books, magazines, flowers and flower bulbs. VAT is charged on these products, even if you are travelling to a destination outside the EU.

What not to do in Amsterdam - Amsterdam Tourist Information

As much as we'd like to give our loved ones the world, a trip to Europe when you factor in airfare, hotel, food and activities can quickly get expensive, and it may not be possible to really loosen the purse strings when it comes to purchasing souvenirs.

If you're on a budget, or just want to be a smart shopper, these are the best gifts to buy in Amsterdam that won't break the bank. Your friends and family will surely appreciate them, and you'll appreciate the fact that you didn't spend a fortune.

The shops at Schiphol also have special offers on their entire range of products, with prices generally 30% lower than in local shops. You also benefit from the wide range of products. At Schiphol you find the top brands, but also speciality stores with unique alcoholic beverages and delicacies all under one roof.

Exceptions

Two different price levels do apply to tobacco products: for destinations within the EU (same as the local price) and destinations outside the EU (tax-free, so cheaper). The reason for this is that the EU does not allow discounts on tobacco products. There are a few more categories of articles which are not subject to the usual rules, including books, magazines, flowers and flower bulbs.

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