Ensuring Your Tourist GST Refund in Singapore


(Reader's Question)

I had been to Singapore on the 27th of May 2010 and returned back to Mumbai on 2nd of June. I was told I would get the GST refund at the airport.

But on arriving at the airport, I was told I had to take some receipts from the shops which I was unaware of. Is there any way I could claim for my refund? I have all the bills with me.


Hi there

I'm afraid there's no way under those circumstances for you to claim your GST refund.

If you plan on getting a GST refund under the Tourist Refund Scheme, you need to:

1) buy from shops participating under the scheme

(These shops will usually display prominent signs at their shopfront to attract tourist customers.)

2) keep all relevant documents

(These include vendor-stamped refund vouchers, receipts, etc.)

3) and present these documents together with the goods at the GST Refund Inspection Counter, which is located at the Departure Hall of Singapore Airport.

Gabriel Tan

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