Smartphones are reshaping the way people travel; up to 87% of travellers are comfortable using their phone to plan and book their entire international trip and in 2019 it was predicted that 1.5 billion boarding passes would be delivered via mobile phone.

Now, thanks to Global Blue’s latest innovation – mobile validation – travellers can also manage their whole Tax Free ShoppingA number of countries offer VAT/GST refunds to international... More journey from their mobile phone.

The new technology means travellers can independently gain export validation for their digital Tax Free FormA Tax Free Form is issued by retailers to travellers at poin... More via their mobile phone, making the process faster and easier.

Global Blue is the first international Tax Free ShoppingA number of countries offer VAT/GST refunds to international... More provider to offer an entirely mobile Tax Free ShoppingA number of countries offer VAT/GST refunds to international... More journey for travellers

With Global Blue already introducing mobile issuing and refunds to the Tax Free ShoppingA number of countries offer VAT/GST refunds to international... More industry, the launch of mobile validation completes the mobile Tax Free ShoppingA number of countries offer VAT/GST refunds to international... More ecosystem. The result is an entirely paperless process that eliminates the need to wait at customs and can be managed by the traveller alone, giving them full visibility, transparency and convenience.

How does mobile validation work?

Mobile validation can be done directly via a dedicated website or Global Blue’s SHOP TAX FREE appThe Shop Tax Free app is Global Blue’s traveller app, whic... More.

Once at the airport, travellers simply need to:

 

Launching in more locations across the world in 2020

Having launched early this year in airports across Europe (Cyprus), South America (Uruguay) and Asia (Singapore), Global Blue will continue to grow the footprint of mobile validation, bringing it to new countries and airports throughout 2020.