Posted September 6th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Last edited by John Bull; September 6th, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I'm not sure if this is the correct board, but it is about Spain and not related to any specific cruise line.
I've been hearing that there is an added Spanish VAT (8%) on the cruise ships. Searching the posts, there is conflicting info. I've seen:
VAT charged while in Spanish ports or Spanish waters only
VAT charged for the entire cruise for cruises that leave from Spanish ports
VAT charged while in Spanish ports or Spanish waters for cruises that leave Spanish ports but leave the EU.
Which one is correct? Can you get the VAT back at the airport?
This only affects ships which turnaround in Spain.
The tax is applied only to purchases on the ship (eg drinks) if the cruise starts in Spain & does not
visit a non-EC port at some time during the cruise.
It very definatelly does not apply if the cruise visits eg Gib or Tunisia, that's for sure.
But, like you, for cruises entirely within the EU I've heard of it being applied only in Spanish waters and of it being applied cruise-long. It's added to bar bills etc. It's not added to excursion fees because any tax payable will have already been included in the shore agent's price
The question of whether it should be charged is difficult to understand, you'd think that the same rules should apply to ships turning around in other EU ports, but it's not charged on ships which turn around in Italian or UK ports - even without visiting a non-EU country.
Can you reclaim the tax at the airport?
Provided that you're leaving the EU, that you've got a signed reclaim form from the ship .............. and that you haven't already drunk the stuff
, then I guess you could.
Or put more simply, no you can't reclaim the tax, certainly not on goods you've consumed.