On Arrival, there are two Customs clearance
channels: Green for travellers not carrying dutiable items and Red for the
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Duty-free items : Tourists are allowed to bring with them personal
effects including clothing. However, the same shall be denied if it is
commercial merchandise.Tourists are required to declare all expensive
electronic equipment they bring on arrival at Customs. This shall also be
re-checked on departure. Tourists should obtain an Export Certificate for
these items if they are travelling to neighbouring countries and intend a
multiple entry. Indian laws permit foreign tourists to bring in gifts worth
Rs. 4,000 and tourists of Indian origin gifts worth Rs.12,000. Indian laws
also allow tourists to bring 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 gm of
tobacco, and one litre each of wine and spirits free of duty.
However, Indian laws do not allow tourists to bring gold coins, gold or
silver bullion into the country. Possession of narcotics is strictly
prohibited. Only licensed weapons could be brought into the country which
should be declared at Customs. Cash or traveller's cheques over US $10,000
or equivalent must also be declared. All personal effects not used during
the stay in India must be carried back.
Mishandled/Lost Baggage :
If your baggage is mishandled or lost in transit, obtain a certificate to
this effect from the airline and have it countersigned by the Customs,
indicating specifically how much of your duty-free allowance is unutilized.
Customs Enquiry/Complaints :
Assistant Collector of Customs at the international airport, or
Commissioner of Customs,
New Customs House, Near IGI Airport,
New Delhi 110 037. Phone No: 25652990;
Custom Home Page: http://konark.ncst.ernet.in/cusyoms
Prohibited Items of export :
·Gold jewellery valued at above Rs. 6,000.
·Animal skins or skin products.
·Antiques (over 100 years old). For verification, con- tact
Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi Tele: 23019446 or ASI
offices in other states.
·Wild plants, seeds or parts.
·Visitors leaving India within six months are exempt from Income Tax,
Clearance procedures, but do keep your foreign currency encashment
certificates handy in case of enquiry
A Foreign Travel Tax must be paid by tourists: Rs. 150 for departures to Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives, and Rs.
500 for all other countries.
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