21 September 2012 - Tax-free shopping on trial

Hettich Jewellers is the first retailer to offer the GST Visitor Refund Scheme as its twelve-month trial launches in Jersey. Jeffrey Chinn, Director of Hettich is pictured here with the very first GST Visitor Refund form, and says: 'We are delighted to see the arrival of this new scheme which has all the potential to be a great boost for local retailers. Tax-free shopping is available in the majority of other holiday destinations, so introducing this scheme will not only put us on a par with other jurisdictions, but also enhance the retail experience for our tourism market.'

Visitors to Jersey who buy items costing more than £300 from a participating retailer may be able to apply to have the island's 5% Goods and Services Tax refunded under the new scheme, currently being trialed with a number of local retailers. The scheme, which only applies to visitors leaving the island on scheduled flights, provides an opportunity to stimulate spending in the retail sector and has been welcomed by a number of local businesses, including Hettich. 

The GST Visitor Refund Scheme is currently available to visitors purchasing goods totalling £300 in a single transaction from a participating retailer. The scheme is not available for Jersey residents and the goods, invoice and paperwork will be verified by G4S at the airport who will levy a small administration fee. The retailer will be able to make a refund direct to the visitor after receiving the certified claim form from G4S. The GST team at the Taxes Office will offer support, education and liaise with business groups during the 12-month trial to ensure that retailers and travellers use and understand the scheme.

Visitors can find out more about the GST Visitor Refund Scheme by visiting