Taxes & Refunds

Hotel rooms in Uruguay are automatically tax-free for foreigners. In addition, travelers using a foreign credit or debit card to pay for rental cars and restaurant meals receive an instant VAT rebate, which essentially translates to a 22% discount. Other large purchases of items to be taken out of Uruguay may also qualify for a VAT refund, but you'll need to request a claim form at the time of purchase and submit your refund request at the port or airport where you leave the country.