Tipping and Taxes

Let’s face it: it’s not always fun to tack a few extra bucks of your hard-earned money onto a bill. But since Antalya in the service industries (hotels, restaurants and transportation) usually have gratuity factored into their wages, tips are expected and greatly appreciated.
Bellboys: $1–$2 per bag.

Housekeeping: $1–$2 per day of your visit.

Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill. Later on, when the bar gets crowded, you’ll be glad that the mixologist remembers you!

Tips for other service personnel, such as receptionist, tour guides and other staff, are always appreciated.

Sales Tax
Buyer beware: Turkey's main VAT rate is 18%, with other rates including 8% and 1% that can apply to certain transactions. The Value-added tax (VAT) is administered by the Revenue Administration in Ankara, and applies to most purchases of goods within Turkey.

Minimum purchase amount:
118 TRY (for VAT rate 18%)
108 TRY (for VAT rate 8%)
Who is eligible for Tax Free Shopping?
If you have permanent residence outside Turkey and have not spent more than 6 months in Turkey.

How to shop tax-free in Turkey?
Getting a refund is easy, hassle-free and worth doing. Get your refund in just 3 easy steps:
  1. Please remember to ask for your Tax Free Point Cheque in the affiliated store after shopping. The total amount of the purchase that you have made in the same shop must be at least 100TRY+VAT.
  2. When you are leaving Turkey, a maximum of 90 days after your shopping, show your purchases, Tax Free Point cheque and passport to the Customs Desk to get your Tax Free Point Cheque stamped.
  3. According to your choice of refund method:
  • You can get your refund immediately in cash by showing the stamped Tax Free Point Cheque to our Tax Free Point officer.
  • You can get your refund amount transferred to your credit card account by sending the stamped Tax Free Point Cheque to us by mail within 90 days.
  • If you have used the InStore Tax Refund system in your shopping, your VAT refund will be paid on to your credit card account instantly after you get your Tax Free Point Cheque stamped by the Customs Desk. In this way, you can finish the refund process in one single step and do not have to go to Tax Free Point offices at the exit gates.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

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