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VAT and Excise Tax Exemption Cancellation for Foreign Missions

The mission files a registration request to recover VAT for the mission and its accredited members per the principle of reciprocity. The mission also informs the Ministry of the cancellation of the registration for the VAT for members whose employment term at the mission ends. The mission submits a registration for the VAT or excise tax on MoFA's website. The Ministry sends a notification that the service is being processed. Following MoFA's approval, a notification is sent confirming registration is complete, and stating that it is possible to apply for a tax refund.

Service Fees
Free service
Service Type
Main Service - Procedural
Service Time
21 working days
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Service Beneficiaries

  • Foreign Missions in UAE
  • Diplomatic staff members in Foreign Missions accredited to the UAE and their families (spouse and children).
  • Holders of diplomatic identity cards
  • Holders of International Organizations Identity Cards
  • Employees under the embassy’s sponsorship

Required Documents

  • Diplomatic Note from the Sending or Receiving Mission
  • Copy of Diplomatic ID Card
  • Copy Of Passport

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Terms and Conditions

The Embassy and its diplomatic cadres are registered, based on the principle of reciprocity.
The registration for international organizations, regional offices, and their employees is carried out according to the Seat Agreement.
Refunds are carried out on a quarterly basis.
The minimum value of one invoice is AED200.
For missions, the refunds are deposited in a local bank account in the name of the mission; no refund is made in cash.
The VAT refund request shall be processed by the Federal Tax Authority within no less than 25 working days from the date of completion of the documentation supporting the request.

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