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UK 20% tourism & hospitality VAT rate returns 1st Apr 2022

COVID-19 hospitality VAT rate cut introduced in July 2020 now withdrawn

The UK temporary Value Added Tax rate cut on hospitaliy and tourism  has now ended, with the sector now returning the standard VAT rate of 20%. The pandemic cut to support hotels, catering and hospitality operated over to phases:

  1. 5% between 15 July 2020 and 30 September 2021 (an extension from the planned 12 January 2021 withdrawal); and
  2. 12.5% 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. It has now returned to 20%

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What UK tourism and hospitality services benefited from the VAT cut?

Restaurants; cafes; pubs (ex alcohol); hospitality; hotels; B&B’s; home rental; caravan and tent sites; hot take away food; theatres; fairs; circuses; amusement parks; concerts; museums; zoos; cinemas; studio or factory tours; botanical gardens; exhibitions; and similar cultural events and facilities. The reduction only applied on entrance fees to the attractions listed; not other supplies provided during the visits such as souvenirs.

Note: served alcoholic drinks did not benefit from the cut. It excluded entry into sporting events.

Services subjected to tourism VAT reduction per HMRC:

  • sleeping accommodation in:
    • hotels;
    • inns; and
    • boarding houses and similar establishments;
  • granting of a license to occupy holiday accommodation and charges for:
    • seasonal pitches for caravans, including supplies of facilities provided in relation to the occupation of the pitches; and
    • pitches for tents and camping facilities;
  • hot and cold food for consumption on the premises on which they are supplied;
  • hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on which they are supplied;
  • hot takeaway food for consumption off the premises on which they are supplied; and
  • hot takeaway non-alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises on which they are supplied.

Countries such as the Germany, Lithuania and the Belgium are now in the process of withdrawing their tourism and hospitality VAT rate cuts introduced during COVID-19 crisis.

Future global VAT / GST changes

Date Country VAT / GST  changes (click for details)
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2024 Europe 2024 European VAT & Intrastat thresholds
1 May 2024 Thailand VAT on low-value consignments for B2C
1 May 2024 Uruguay End of reduced VAT rate on tourism
1 May 2024 Uruguay Extension of e-invoicing regime
5 May 2024 Israel mandatory pre-clearance e-invoicing
15 May 2024 Mauritius Mandatory pre-clearance e-invoicing
1 Jun 2024 Austria SAF-T reboot
1 Jun 2024 Saudi Arabia 9th wave of e-invoicing
1 Apr 2024 Senegal VAT on non-resident digital services
1 Jul 2024 EU EU ends e-invoicing derogation requirements
1 Jul 2024 Spain Certified electronic invoice software
1 Jul 2024 Spain Basic foods temporary VAT rate cut ends
1 Jul 2024 Greece Ends COVID-19 temporary reduced rates
1 Jul 2024 Romania Full mandatory B2B e-invoicing
1 Jul 2024 Bulgaria End tourism VAT rate cut
1 Jul 2024 Cyprus Temporary VAT cut on essentials ends
1 Jul 2024 Slovakia VAT registration threshold rise
1 Jul 2024 Zambia Mandatory e-invoicing
1 Jul 2024 Vietnam 2% temporary VAT cut ends
1 Jul 2024 Bhutan Implementation of VAT
14 Jul 2024 Philippines E-commerce 1% withholding tax
1 Aug 2024 Malaysia Mandatory B2B e-invoicing
1 Sep 2024 Finland Standard VAT rate rise
1 Oct 2024 Saudi Arabia 10th wave of e-invoicing mandate
1 Oct 2024 Thailand VAT rise to 10%
1 Oct 2024 Oman Mandatory e-invoicing
1 Nov 2024 Ireland End of temporary VAT cut on energy
1 Dec 2024 Botswana Mandatory e-invoicing rollout
1 Jan 2025 EU Increased VAT rate setting freedoms
1 Jan 2025 EU VAT rate thresholds change foreign companies
1 Jan 2025 EU EU VAT rule changes on cross-border virtual events
1 Jan 2025 Switzerland Business must accept structure e-invoices
1 Jan 2025 Switzerland Place of supply travel and event services
1 Jan 2025 Sweden VAT registration threshold rise
1 Jan 2025 Belgium VAT return rule changes
1 Jan 2025 Germany Structured E-invoicing adoption
1 Jan 2025 Finland Reduced VAT rate changes
1 Jan 2025 Greece Potential e-invoice mandate
1 Jan 2025 Greece Domestic VAT reverse charge B2B construction
1 Jan 2025 Portugal Food VAT rate cut ends
1 Jan 2025 Portugal SAF-T Accounting becomes mandatory
1 Jan 2025 Portugal Qualified Electronic Signature mandatory
1 Jan 2025 Latvia B2B e-invoices mandated
1 Jan 2025 Estonia Accommodation and press publication VAT rise
Jan 2025? Estonia Suppliers must offer customers e-invoicing option
1 Jan 2025 Romania Final wave of SAF-T taxpayers
1 Jan 2025 Bulgaria Phased introduction of SAF-T
1 Jan 2025 Bulgaria End catering VAT rate cut
1 Jan 2025 Ukraine SAF-T for large taxpayers
1 Jan 2025 Switzerland Deemed supplier for marketplaces on goods
1 Jan 2025 Switzerland Various VAT changes
1 Jan 2025 Israel 1% VAT rate increase
1 Jan 2025 Tajikistan VAT cut to 13%
1 Jan 2025 Japan Consumption Tax on non-resident app stores
1 Jan 2025 Indonesia VAT rate to rise 1% to 12%
1 Jan 2025 Malaysia 2nd phase of e-invoices mandate
1 Jan 2025 New Zealand 3% Digital Services Tax
1 Jan 2025 Paraguay Last wave of mandatory e-invoicing taxpayers
15 Jan 2025 Dominican Republic 2nd wave of mandatory e-invoicing
1 Apr 2025 Croatia Heating VAT returns to 25%
1 Apr 2025 Japan Deemed supplier VAT on marketplace e-commerce
1 Jul 2025 Spain Potential mandatory B2B e-invoicing
1 Jul 2025 Spain Certified electronic invoicing requirements
1 Jul 2025 Malaysia 3rd phase of e-invoicing mandate
1 Nov 2025 Singapore E-invoicing rollout starts
1 Jan 2026 EU DAC8 harmonised crypto asset reporting
1 Jan 2026 Belgium Peppol-based mandatory B2B e-invoices
1 Jan 2026 Netherlands Withdrawal of 9% VAT range of services
1 Jan 2026 Switzerland Potential VAT rise to 8.5%
1 Jan 2026 Croatia Mandatory B2B e-invoicing
1 Jan 2026 Brazil VAT implementation begins
1 Jan 2026 Brazil VAT on non-resident digital services
1 Jan 2026 India Potential B2C e-invoicing
15 Jan 2026 Dominican Republic 3rd wave of mandatory e-invoicing
1 Feb 2026 Poland 1st wave KSeF e-invoicing mandate
1 Apr 2026 Poland 2nd wave KSeF e-invoicing mandate
1 July 2026 UAE Mandatory e-invoicing
1 Sept 2026 France E-invoice and e-reporting for B2B and B2C
1 Jan 2027 Germany Large companies e-invoicing compulsory
1 Jan 2027 Ukraine SAF-T for all taxpayers
1 Jan 2027 UK Introduction of CBAM levy
1 Jul 2027 EU Single VAT Registration in the EU - extension of OSS
1 Jul 2027 EU Accommodation & travel platforms deemed supplier for VAT
1 Jul 2027 EU Call-off stock VAT simplification ends
1 Jul 2027 EU Harmonisation of B2B Reverse Charge rules
1 Jul 2027 EU Increased VAT rate setting freedoms
1 Sep 2027 France Phase 2 mandatory e-invoicing
1 Jan 2028 Germany Small companies e-invoicing
Jan 2028 EU EU Customs reforms
1 Mar 2028 EU €150 import consignment threshold removed
1 Mar 2028 EU IOSS mandated for marketplaces
1 Jul 2030 EU Digital Reporting Requirements including e-invoicing harmonisation
1 Jul 2030 EU Structured e-invoices supersede paper invoices
1 Jul 2030 EU EC Sales lists replaced by Digital Reporting Requirements


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