I have of some cases of foreign tourists who shopped in Ermou avenue and were refused VAT refund forms. They could not get the refund.
I am not sure how many tourists read this Blog, but I want to warn anyway.
So, what happened?
These tourists were falsely convinced by the shop sellers that the VAT refund forms were available only at the airport and they should bring the normal receipts to the VAT refund counter to be issed refund form.
This is FALSE.
The VAT refund form can be issed only by the shops where you buy the goods and at the moment you arrive at the airport it is too late and there isn't anything you can do.
Now, the VAT level of Greece is 23% and the refund makes a big difference.
As the tourists do not have do not have responsibility in the current Greek economic crisis, they are fully entitled to refund.
If you are visiting Greece or you are working in tourism industry in Greece as I do, please be warned.