Canceling and refunding a Zoom Event

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Hosts can cancel a live event from the Events page, resulting in sessions ending immediately and the canceled event being removed from the web portal. The host can cancel an order for single/series and conference events.

Additionally, attendees will see a message that the event was canceled followed by an email notification that informs them the event has been canceled. They will receive a full refund if the canceled event was a paid event.

This article covers:

Prerequisites for canceling and refunding a Zoom Event

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.7.6 or higher
    • macOS: 5.7.6 or higher
  • Zoom mobile client
    • iOS: 5.7.6 or higher
    • Android: 5.7.6 or higher
  • Pro, Business, Enterprise, or Education account
  • Stripe or PayPal Business account is required to create paid events
  • Zoom Events license
  • Cancellation policy enabled

Notes:

  • There is a dependency with Windows' Webview package for Windows platform; while version 5.7.6 does support Zoom Events, it may cause a blank lobby experience for hosts.
  • For access to the latest Zoom Events and Webinar features, we strongly recommend hosts to update to the latest version of the Zoom desktop client/mobile application.

Ticket cancellation and refund policies

Note: Only if the host accepts cancellations for the event, an option for attendees to cancel a ticket appears. If the host has not implemented a ticket cancellation policy for the event or if the ticket cancellation occurs outside of the applicable cancellation period, the host makes the final decision to accept or deny a cancellation request. The host is not obligated to approve a cancellation request.

If the host cancels the paid events, which already have the ticket sales, the attendee will get a full refund.

An attendee can also get a full refund if the host approves the cancellation request, which can happen within 1 hour of the start of the event up to 14 days after the event ends. Refunds outside of the cancellation policy are at the sole discretion of the host. Once 14 days have passed since an event has ended, refunds for the event may not be requested or initiated, as further discussed in the Zoom Events Terms of Use.

An attendee can request a refund from the host outside of the cancellation policy period. Refunds outside of the cancellation policy are at the sole discretion of the host. Once 14 days have passed since an event ended, refunds for the event may not be requested or initiated.

Ticket purchase refunds

If an attendee paid for an event in the same currency that their credit or debit card was issued in and made a refund request, they will receive a refund for the same value regardless of the currency the Host charges for tickets if their refund is accepted.

If the host cancels a paid order, the cost of the ticket will go back to the purchaser and the ticket will be voided. Any incurred processing fees associated with this ticket will not be refunded back to the host. Processing fees are charged at the time of purchase and are set by the payment provider (Stripe or PayPal) that processed the transaction. This action cannot be undone. Additionally, the host and attendee will receive an order cancellation email.

How to set a cancellation policy

For more information, please visit the support article on how to set a cancellation policy.

How to cancel a Zoom Event

  1. Sign in to Zoom Events.
  2. Click Manage, then Events.
  3. Click the Upcoming tab.
  4. Next to the event you want to cancel, click the ellipses more-button__1_.png.
  5. Click Cancel Event.
    A confirmation window will appear.
  6. In the confirmation window, click Cancel Event to confirm.
    Note: Once you cancel this event, it will be removed from the Zoom Events directory.

Cancel an occurrence in an event series

You can cancel any occurrence scheduled in an event series without canceling or affecting the other occurrences in the event series.

To cancel an occurrence in an event series:

  1. Sign in to Zoom Events.
  2. Click Manage, then Events.
  3. Click the ellipses more-button__1_.png next to the event series containing the occurrence you want to cancel.
  4. Click Cancel an Occurrence.
    A pop-up window will appear.
  5. From the Select an Occurrence drop-down menu, click the occurrence you want to cancel.
  6. Click Cancel Occurrence.
    A confirmation window will appear.
    Note: This action cannot be undone.
  7. In the confirmation window, click Cancel Occurrence to confirm.
    Note: Once you cancel this occurrence, it will be removed from the Zoom Events directory.

How to cancel an order for an event

Hosts can initiate cancellation of registrants’ orders for free or paid conference events and single/series events.

To cancel an order for an event:

  1. Sign in to Zoom Events.
  2. In the top right corner, click Manage.
  3. In the left navigation menu, click Events.
  4. Click the Upcoming tab.
  5. Next to the event you want to manage, click the ellipses more-button__1_.png.
  6. Click Manage Registration.
  7. Click the Orders tab.
  8. Find the order you want to cancel.
  9. Under their registration Status, click Cancel Order.
    A verification window will appear.
  10. In the verification window under Message to your registrant, enter a message to the Attendee to complete the order cancellation.
  11. Click Cancel Order.

Tickets that are associated with the entire order will be canceled, and an email notification will be sent to the registrant. For paid events, the full refund will be processed.

How to manage an attendee’s refund

Accept a refund

  1. Sign in to Zoom Events.
  2. In the top-right corner, click Manage.
  3. In the left navigation menu, click Events to view your personal event tab.
  4. Under the Upcoming or Past tab, find the event that you want to approve the customer’s refund.
  5. Click the ellipses more-button__1_.png, then click Manage Registration.
  6. Click the Refunds tab.
  7. Find the registrant that you want to refund, then click the right arrow forward-arrow-button.png to expand their ticket details.
    Note: Registrants that request a refund will have the Refund Requested status.
  8. In the expanded view, choose from the following actions:
    • Click Approve Full Refund to complete a full refund.
    • Click Approve 50% Refund to complete a partial refund.
  9. In the verification dialog box, view the attendee's request message and event and refund request details.
  10. Click Approve Refund to confirm.

You will receive an email confirmation or in-app notification if your refund to attendees is processed successfully. Additionally, the attendee's refund status will change to Refund in Progress on the Refunds page.

Reject a refund

  1. Sign in to Zoom Events.
  2. In the top-right corner, click Manage.
  3. In the left navigation menu, click Events to view your personal event tab.
  4. Under the Upcoming or Past tab, find the event that you want to approve the customer’s refund.
  5. Click the ellipses more-button__1_.png, then click Manage Registration.
  6. Click the Refunds tab.
  7. Find the registrant that you want to refund, then click the right arrow forward-arrow-button.png to expand their ticket details.
    Note: Registrants that request a refund will have the Refund Requested status.
  8. In the expanded view, click Reject Refund.
    A verification dialog box will appear.
  9. In the verification dialog box, click Reject Refund to confirm.

How to refund tickets sold in a foreign currency

If an attendee paid for a ticket sold in a foreign currency, the attendee's refund may be more or less than the original amount that they paid depending on the exchange rate at the time of the purchase and refund.

For more information, please visit our support article on how to refund tickets sold in a foreign currency.

Partial refund policy

Note: Currently, the partial refund policy is only available for single events/event series.

In addition to implementing a full refund policy, a partial refund policy can also be implemented to provide a refund option for additional scenarios. The host can configure a partial refund policy at the hub and event level. The host can cancel some occurrences of the entire series if the tickets are sold. The host can initiate a 50% refund based on the cases.

Registrants can cancel some tickets of the entire order for a single event. Registrants can also cancel some occurrences of the entire series for a single event.

Partial refunds can be enabled to give you the option to provide partial refunds for:

  • When you want to refund only 50% of the cost of the ticket(s) in an order when an attendee requests a refund
  • When you cancel the remaining occurrences in an event series that an attendee holds tickets to
  • When you cancel a remaining event that a user holds multiple tickets to
  • When an attendee requests a refund for multiple tickets that were purchased in one order
  • When an attendee requests a refund for an event they did not attend the full duration of
  • When an attendee requests a partial refund past the cutoff time for the automatic cancellation/refund

When you cancel one or more occurrences in an event series, the cost of the tickets being refunded will automatically be credited to the user.

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