Customs Duty and other Rules for Passengers Arriving in India

Friday, August 21, 2015


Passengers arriving in India via an international mode of transport are required to fill-up a form called "Indian Customs Declaration Form". This form contains some basic information of the passenger, the declarations to be made in "yes" or "No" format, and the instructions that help the passenger in filling up the form correctly. In short, this form contains the basic Indian Customs rules for passengers arriving in India via an international mode of transport. The form specifies the prohibited goods, that cannot be imported in to India, the duty-free allowance & the duty payable on the goods that are allowed to be imported in to India, and the restrictions applicable. Keep reading for details...
Airport Customs

(Important: These rules/declarations may change at any time so please check for updated rules at the time of your arrival in to India)

Items Prohibited for Import in to India

Items that cannot be imported in to India include the following:

(i) Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly;

(ii) Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;

(iii) Goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights;

(iv) Counterfeit currency notes/coins or fake currency notes;

(v) Wildlife products;

(vi) Specified live birds and animals

Indian Customs Duty Free Allowance

(A) Passengers of Indian origin and foreigners of over 10 years of age residing in India for travel originated in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, China

Duty Free Allowance: INR 6,000

(B) Passengers of Indian origin and foreigners of over 10 years of age residing in India for travel originated from a country other than Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, China

Duty Free Allowance: INR 45,000

(C) For travel originated anywhere

(i) Tourists of foreign origin

Duty Free Allowance: Gifts & souvenirs worth INR 8,000

(ii) Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over one year

Duty Free Allowance: Gold jewellery for Gentlemen INR 50,000 / for Ladies INR 1,00,000

(iii) All passengers

Duty Free Allowance: Alcohol, Liquor, or Wine: 2 Litres

100 numbers of cigarettes, up to 25 cigars, or 125 grams of tobacco

(iv) Passenger of 18 years and above

Duty Free Allowance: One laptop (notebook) computer

Customs Duty Payable

Import of a permitted item over and above the duty free allowance will attract Customs duty @ 36.05% (35% Customs Duty and 3% Education Cess).

Indian Customs Declaration Form

The following information is required to be filled in to the Indian Customs Declaration Form

(A) Passenger Information

(i) Name of the Passenger

(ii) Passport / Travel Document Number

(iii) Nationality

(iv) Date of Arrival

(v) Flight/Ship Number

(vi) Number of Bags (checked plus hand bags)

(vii) Country from where coming

(viii) Countries visited in last six days

(ix) Total value of dutiable goods being imported (INR)

(B) Declarations About Imported Items (Yes / No)

(i) Prohibited Articles

(ii) Gold jewellery (over free allowance)

(iii) Gold bullion

(iv) Meat & meat products/dairy products/fish/poultry products

(v) Seeds/plants/fruits/flowers/other planting material

(vi) Satellite Phone

(vii) Indian currency exceeding INR 25,000

(viii) Foreign currency notes exceeding USD 5,000 or equivalent  

(ix) Aggregate value of foreign exchange including currency exceeding USD 10,000 or equivalent

Important

If the answer to any of the above 9 declarations is a "Yes", the passenger is required to report to the Customs officers at the Red Channel.







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