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Tax Reclaim at Barcelona Port

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During your time in Barcelona you may have made purchases that you can reclaim the tax for at Barcelona Port. This is only relevant to you if you are from a country that is outside the European Union. For a full explanation of the tax reclaim system, how it works and whether you qualify, see our guide to tax free shopping in Barcelona. Here you will find everything that you need to know about tax free shopping in Barcelona.

This page will provide you with an explanation on how to claim back tax from your shopping if you are taking a cruise that begins or ends in Barcelona.

Can I cash my tax refund cheques at the port?

Unfortunately it is not possible to cash in your tax reclaim cheques at Barcelona cruise port. You should speak to your cruise liner company who will deal with the tax reclaim on your behalf.

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It is essential that you ensure that you have kept your receipts and picked up the necessary tax reclaim envelope from the shop at which you made your purchases (check our Tax Free Shopping in Barcelona page for a full explanation of this). Without the receipts and envelope, cruise liner staff will not be able to help you with your tax free reclaim.

Shared shuttle minibus transfer from / to Cruise Port

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Express COVID Testing For Cruise Ship Passengers
How to avoid queuing for your pre-boarding FIT-TO-CRUISE COVID test certificate

If you're embarking on a cruise ship from Barcelona, you will require a "FIT-TO-CRUISE" / "FIT-TO-SAIL" / "VeriFLY" COVID test before starting your cruise. The problem is that the queues for testing cruise passengers can be several hours long because thousands of passengers all need tests. The cruise appointed testing clinics typically work without an appointment. However, there is a solution. You can get a pre-boarding COVID test from an Express COVID testing centre geared up to test cruise ship passengers. With this service, you can avoid the long queues and get tested fast. The cruise specialist testing centre only works by appointment, which is how they can offer such a fast service. The Express COVID test centre set time slot quotas to ensure you get tested rapidly and will not accept further bookings once a time slot quota is reached. It is, therefore, important to book your COVID test well in advance. This testing centre issues COVID certificates that meet the specifications of any cruise ship entering Barcelona. You can feel confident you will have the right paperwork for boarding your cruise.The Express COVID testing service can issue cruise pre-boarding COVID certificates for the following cruises and many more:

AIDA, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, CroisiEurope, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, M/V Clio, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Ponant, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Sea Cloud, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Virgin Voyages and Windstar

When you arrive at the Express COVID testing centre, give the name of the cruise you will be embarking on so they can issue you the correct "FIT-TO-CRUISE" COVID certificate for your cruise. All certificates are also approved for the VeriFLY app. Follow the link below that explains three strategies to avoid the long queues for pre-cruise COVID testing.

Click to learn more about the express COVID testing service for cruise ship passengers

Cashing your invoices at the airport

If, at the end of your trip, you will be heading to Barcelona Airport to take a return flight home, you will be able to cash your tax free cheques at the airport. See our Guide to Tax Reclaim at Barcelona Airport for further details on where and how to do this.

If you are hitting the shops in Barcelona at the beginning or the end of your cruise and you live outside of the European Union, it is worth heading for the shops in the city that participate in the tax refund scheme. This will allow you to shop until you drop safe in the knowledge that you will be getting the tax price deducted from your shopping bill. If you have any queries about how the system works, be sure to ask the cruise liner staff to help you as they are well versed in how tax reclaim works.

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