Ecuador returns VAT to foreign tourists

There are countries that, in times of crisis, take tourism very seriously and choose to take measures that help them generate more income in this sector. This is the case of Ecuador, which has decided that from now on they will return VAT to all foreign tourists who visit the country , something that will undoubtedly increase visits to any Ecuadorian city since at the end of the trip your vacation will have been successful. cheaper. The percentage is 12%, something that is not bad at all, and it can be recovered from this month of January in any good or service that you use in that country.

It is important that you know that this "business" for tourists includes bills for accommodation and any purchase (clothing, footwear, jewelry …), as long as the minimum amount of the bill is $ 50, something that you usually spend for sure. very easily when you are on vacation. To obtain a refund of the corresponding amount, two mailboxes have been set up at the airports of Quito and Guayaquil so that before leaving the country you can submit your application, always accompanied by a photocopy of your passport and invoices to be able to prove what was spent.

This measure may not be very effective if you like to buy in markets and these types of places, but it is for accommodation, although keep in mind that to be effective you must pay for the hotel right there and not from Spain, since it would count as contracting from abroad. In Spain there are these types of measures in the Canary Islands , where residents of the islands who travel to the rest of the country can obtain a VAT refund on purchases and services they have made or contracted and that in the islands they pay the IGIC, a tax with a lower percentage than in the rest of Spain.