Jan 16, 2008

India Custom's Tariff

Baggage Definition The term "Baggage" is defined as "Baggage that includes unaccompanied baggage but does not include motor vehicles". A passenger (tourist) is required to comply with certain provisions of the Indian Customs Law. The owner of any baggage shall, for the purpose of clearing it make a declaration of its contents to the customs officer (no written declaration is needed and oral declaration is usually acceptable).

The rate of duty and tariff valuation, if any, applicable to the baggage shall be the rate and valuation in force on the date, on which a declaration is made in respect of such baggage. In respect of the goods personally brought in by the passengers it means approximately the retail price of the goods paid abroad (always carry the original invoice/bill to settle the disputes).
A tourist is a passenger....
  • Who is not normally a resident in India.
  • Who enters India for a stay of not more than six months in the course of any twelve months period for legitimate non-immigrant purposes, such as - touring, recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious pilgrimage or business.




The prerequisites for treating any articles or goods as baggage is that they were in use of the passenger or were brought and paid for by the passenger.

Personal and household effects are treated as baggage and can be imported freely without any restriction as to the value of the goods. However they should be imported in reasonable quantities. Goods in commercial quantities may be allowed to be imported as baggage based on the merits of the case.

India is making a concerted effort to make the airport experience a better one than historically; this includes attempting to make immigration/emigration and customs procedures simpler and more friendly.

Check Thokalath.com's Baggage Rules : India Tariffs for more Information

Customs Website

Central Board of Excise and Customs website






Commissionerates :
  • Central Excise, Ahmedabad-I

  • Central Excise Bangalore

  • Customs Commissionerate - Ahmedabad

  • Customs -Bangalore

  • Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Bhubaneswar

  • Central Excise & Customs - Calicut

  • Commissionerates of Chennai-I / Chennai-II / Chennai-III

  • Customs - Chennai

  • Cochin Central Excise Commissionerate

  • Customs - Cochin

  • Central Excise - Delhi Zone

  • Central Excise - Dibrugarh

  • Customs - Hyderabad

  • Indian Customs at IGI Airport, New Delhi

  • Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate - Jammu & Kashmir

  • Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive) - Jamnagar

  • Commissionerate of Central Excise - Kanpur

  • Customs - Kolkata

  • Air cargo, Sahar, Mumbai

  • Customs - Jawahar Customs House, Mumbai

  • Customs - Mumbai

  • Central Excise - Mysore

  • Central Excise - Nagpur

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Puducherry

  • Customs - Pune

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Shillong

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Surat-I

  • Customs - Tuticorin

  • Central Excise Commissionerate - Vadodara-II

  • Custom House - Visakhapatnam

  • Registering a complaint : vigilance


    "Indian Customs Officers are masters in intepreting rules, regulations, circulars, notices etc according to their wills & fancies to harass individuals"

    The Directorate General of Vigilance is an attached office of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) in the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. It is headed by the Director General of Vigilance who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Central Board of Excise & Customs.

    If you have ever paid a Bribe >> Please Post it at I Paid a Bribe


    For dealing with complaints against corrupt practices by officers, the customs department has a separate vigilance organisation headed by the Directorate General of Vigilance. Any complaints of corruption against the officer can be logged with the D.G. Vigilance at New Delhi or the Zonal units of the Directorate of Vigilance.

    In real life things are little different, 99% of the airport custom agents are corrupt Bribe Rates for Delhi Customs & Excise

    Mumbai customs is notorious for having people asking for bribes or to help you "cut through the line"

    The problem of people trying to bypass customs and customs officials harassing people arises because the people are not aware about the rules. The Indian customs officials use that to their advantage.

    Grievances can primarily be divided into three categories:
    • Complaints of corrupt practices against officers
    • Delay in decision making by officers.
    • Grievances against merits of the decision taken by officers.

    How can you file a complaint?


    Here is a link to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
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    Central Vigilance Commission
    As long as you are complying with the provisions of the law there is nothing to fear. In the event of any harassment by any officer, you may immediately contact the senior most officers on duty, usually the Deputy Commissioner of Customs. In case of demands for illegal gratification/graft, there are explicit directions/Notices at every airport on whom to contact???


    About Indian Custom Officer
    Abrasive, arrogant, bloated, callous, cold, complex, corrupt, discourteous, heartless, inefficient, insensitive, lethargic, mindless, negative, obstructive, opaque, oppressive, ponderous, rude, wasteful, wooden

    Prohibited and Restricted Goods


    India Customs Prohibited Items
    The term “Prohibited Goods” has been defined in sub-section 33 of Section 2 of the Customs Act as meaning “any goods the import or export of which is subject to any prohibition under the Customs Act or any other law for the time being in force”

    Taking LCD TV to India : Indian Custom Duty on LCD TV

    Toy Helicopters Ban
    Recently 6,000 toy helicopters confiscated from passengers over the last two years.



    Certain goods are prohibited (banned) or restricted (subject to certain conditions) for import and/or export.  These are goods of social, health, environment, wild life and security concerns. Some of them are listed below:  

    Prohibited Goods
    • Antiquities 
    • Wild life products
    • Human skeleton
    • Specified sea-shells
    • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances
    • Pornographic and obscene material
    • Counterfeit and pirated goods and goods infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights
    • Aero models (such as remote controlled toy helicopters) that operate on high radio bandwidths because of their
    • possible interference with the communication networks of security agencies.
    • Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
    • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly, in view of Government of India.
    • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
    • Beef, tallow, fat/oil of animal origin
    • Exotic birds except a few specified ones
    • Wild animals, their parts and products
    • Specified Live birds and animals
     
    Restricted Goods
    • Medicines and drugs
    • Firearms and ammunition
    • Live birds and animals including pets
    • Plants and their produce e.g. fruits, seeds            
    • Endangered species of plants and animals, whether live or dead.  
    • Any goods for commercial purpose: for profit, gain or commercial usage.            
    • Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage            
    • Gold and Silver, other than ornaments (for import only)           
    • Currency in excess of prescribed limits
    • Telephone and telephony equipments of restricted frequencies
    • Certain Animals - Camel, Horses, Cattle
    • Semi processed hides and skins
    • Silk worms, silk worm seeds and cocoons
    • Family Planning Devices (NOC from Ministry of Health Required)
    • Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons
    • Sand and soil
    • Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood
    • Sandal-wood (except handicraft products & oil)


    Import and export of some specified goods may be restricted/ prohibited under other laws such as Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, Foreign Trade Policy Environment Protection Act, Wild Life Act, Indian Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, Arms Act, etc. Prohibition under those acts will also apply to the penal provisions of the Customs Act, rendering such goods liable to confiscation under section 111(d) of the Customs Act (for import) and 113 (d) of the Customs Act (for export).



    Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna such as Ivory, Musk, Reptile skins, Furs, Shahtoosh etc. is prohibited. For any clarifications passenger should approach the Regional Deputy Director (Wildlife Preservation) Govt. of India or the Chief Wildlife Wardens of State Governments posted at Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

    Prohibition on Export of Indian coins :-
    No person shall take or send out of India the Indian coins which are covered by the Antique and Art Treasure Act, 1972.

    Prohibition on export and import of foreign currency :-
    Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, no person shall, without the general or special permission of the Reserve Bank, export or send out of India, or import or bring into India, any foreign currency.


    Whenever planning to bring or take any unusual item please enquire about its permissibility for export or import before undertaking the journey. It’s a smart move to do so from both ports, exit and destination so that to ensure that you are inconformity with laws of both countries.

    Export and import of currency to or from Nepal and Bhutan :-

    Notwithstanding anything contained in these regulations, a person may –


    • take or send out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
    • bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
    • take out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, or bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes being the currency of Nepal or Bhutan.

    Frequently Asked Questions Faqs

    India Customs Baggage Rules FAQs

    I got a High End Camcorder in a very reduced price in a sale & have original bills! What price will be considered while calculating my total carrying into India ?

      If you can produce sufficient evidences like invoice, price list at sale etc. the value declared by you will be accepted.

      The Indian Customs will have the approximate value of popular Items (make/brands). You can also get a copy of the manufacturers brochure/printed pricelist of the item, from any dealer and that can be shown to Customs


    What is the Duty on laptops?

      According to the new rules, a person of 18 years of age can get a laptop to India duty free as a part of baggage >> Read Laptop Rules for more Info


    With respect to valuation of goods do Customs consider the price before tax or after tax?

      Customs Duty is imposed on the actual amount paid abroad for an item, inclusive of any tax.

      All tax imposed by authorities abroad are considered if you have paid the tax along with the price. In cases like items purchased from duty free shops abroad, the buyer does not pay the tax or pay lesser tax. So the price considered here include no tax or less tax in those cases. In short, customs duty is imposed on the actual amount paid abroad for an item, inclusive of any tax.
    Can free allowances of two or more passengers be added up (pooled or combined) to bring more goods duty free or pay lesser duty ?
      Absolutely not!
      This is a question frequently asked by passengers travelling with family or by passengers travelling in groups.

      Example :
      Say, for example, husband and wife are travelling together and each of them get Rs.25000 free allowance.

      Suppose, a TV worth Rs.30000 is being brought. The TV can be declared in the name of one passenger only - either the husband or wife but not both. The person who declares the item has to pay duty on Rs.5000, which is the excess value over his/her duty free allowance, although the husband and wife can bring a total of Rs.50000 worth goods free of duty separately.

      On the other hand, say, a handycam worth Rs.25000 is declared by the husband and a music system also worth Rs.25000 is declared by the wife. Then both the items can be cleared duty free as these belong to the baggage of different persons. Had the husband declared both the items as his baggage, he would have to pay duty on Rs.25000 - the amount by which his duty free allowance would exceed. So far as free allowance is considered, each passenger is considered to be travelling separately with his/her own baggage and their duty is assessed on an individual basis, not on the basis of a group or a family.

    What is Excise Duty?
    Is it collected by the State Government or the Central Government in India?
    How is it different from Sales Tax?


      Excise duty is a tax on manufacture or production of goods. Excise duty on alcohol, alcoholic preparations, and narcotic substances is collected by the State Government and is called "State Excise" duty. The Excise duty on rest of goods is called "Central Excise" duty and is collected in terms of Section 3 of the Central Excise Act, 1944. Sales Tax is different from the Excise duty as former is a tax on the act of sale while the latter is a tax on the act of manufacture or production of goods.

    What are the Indian Customs Restictions on Prescription Medicine ?
    There is no difficulty in Customs clearance, as long as the medicines are in quantities sufficient for his consumption and as long as he has the necessary prescriptions/ Doctors certificate

    Is There any Duty on Computer Software or Software Games ?
    Computer software does not attract duty presently
    and may change

    Do used mobile phone handsets also attract customs duty?

    Used mobile phone sets also attract duty. However, you can have the benefit of depreciation on the value on which you pay duty in case of old & used items.

    Can goods be kept in the temporary custody of Customs?
    Yes. Goods can be kept in the safe custody of Customs against a Detention Receipt.


    Are there any Special Restiction on Food Items ?
    Example :
    I have special dietary needs and would like to take some frozen chicken and meat meals for my personal use during my stay.

    The Indian Customs will allow you to clear food items etc if they are imported for your own personal use during your stay in India.


      Examples of some situations when goods may be kept in the custody of Customs :

    • Passenger does not have sufficient money to pay duty and/or other dues on the goods at that moment.
    • Passenger does not have sufficient foreign currency to pay duty on items on which duty is payable in convertible foreign exchange.
    • Passenger does not want to take the item along with him into India but intends to return with the goods when leaving India.
    • Passenger disputes the valuation/duty determined by Customs and intends to appeal against the decision to higher authorities.
    • The goods are prohibited goods and the passenger has declared the items to Customs authorities. However, not all prohibited items can be kept in the safe custody in this manner. Items like Narcotic Drugs, explosives etc. are liable to seizure/confiscation.

    How the CIF Value arrived in case of Imports of goods by Air on FOB Basis ?
    The duty is always calculated on C.I.F. In case the actual insurance/freight are not available, the Customs Act provides for levy of a notional freight and insurance



    If, for any reason the passenger is not able to collect the article at the time of leaving India, the article may be returned to him/her through any other passenger authorised by him/her and leaving India or as cargo consigned in his/her name. Similarly, dutiable goods which passengers desire to clear subsequently, may also be detained temporarily for clearance on payment of duty and/or fine and other dues. Unclaimed packages found in the Baggage Hall and handed over by airlines will similarly be received by the officer in charge of detained baggages for safe custody.

    Laptop Rule

    Import duty for bringing laptops into India
    In General, If you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,.. and aged above 18 years... stayed more then 3 days abroad... carried on the person (carry on baggage) or as accompanied
    baggage (checked baggage)... you are entilted

    Duty Free Allowance and 1 Laptop 

    Notebook Computer  /  iPad  /  Tablet
    (Each person above 18 years / one Laptop Duty Free + unlimited used personal effects (excluding jewellery)

    Layman's Terms CBEC Circular
    If you are 18+ years and has stayed more
    then 3 days overseas...
    then you are
    allowed 1 Laptop (Notebook) per Passenger

    Free of Customs
    Duty
    . Duty Free Allowance doesn't apply to the laptop
    Desktop, LCD and Other Computer Accessories
    are not covered under Laptop Rule

    Customs Website:
    One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned is also allowed duty free if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above

    Import as Gift Custom Circular Import of goods upto the value of Rs. 5,000/- is allowed as gift, duty free. This exemption is allowed only for bonafide gifts imported by air or post. For the purpose of calculation of this value of Rs. 5,000/- the air freight or postal charges paid are not added.

    What should you do when you leave India?
    If you intend taking out with you articles of high value such as a camera, laptop, notebook computer, video camera or jewellery, be sure to ask the Customs Officer, at the time of your departure, for an export certificate for such articles. He will examine the items and certify that they are being taken out of India by you.

    Keep this certificate safe with you and when you return to India, show the Certificate to the Customs Officer who will then be able to pass these free of duty.

    The advantage of having the Export Certificate is that the concessions you are entitled to, when you return, are not affected.

    Please take special care to obtain an Export Certificate in respect of jewellery that you intend to take out to avoid any problem on your return.
    Export Certificate
    Goods taken out from India by a passenger while going abroad can be imported again into India free of duty provided the passenger had received an export certificate from the Customs in respect of that particular item while going abroad.


    FAQs on Laptop / Notebook Imports into India
    Import cost for a laptop in india

    Is it custom free if i import laptop from outside india?
    I might get a laptop as a gift from USA, what will be the charge when i receive it india including all charges ? it is a gift will there be any customs duty?


    • Yes it will be too costly if u need to pay custom duty... ask some one to carry it along as a luggage and show it as personal item

    I have 2 laptops >> One I had bought from India. Are Both Duty Free ?



    • If you are lucky you can walk away without any hassles but recently I had taken my Laptop on my trip; fortunately i had taken a Customs Export Certificate; when I landed at Bombay the customs officer insisted on seeing that certificate or he would have levied customs duty on that. I think it is matter of luck.
    Does it make financial sense to buy laptop from USA and send it to India instead of buying one in India itself.?

    • Laptops are Cheaper In USA
    • Warrenty may not be covered in India if the device is bought in USA. [ Check the New Ruling by Consumer Court about HP Warranty ]
    "Indian Customs Officers are masters in intepreting rules, regulations, circulars, notices etc according to their wills & fancies to harass individuals"

    Registering a complaint : vigilance

    Import of Gold & Silver

    Import of Gold by NRI's

    Import of Gold as baggage on payment of duty

     

    How much jewellery can be imported by a passenger?

     

    Any Passenger can take gold to India provided they declare and pay the applicable customs duty in India. Up to 10 Kilograms of gold per passenger can be imported to India provided the period of stay overseas has been more than six months.


    An Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over one year is allowed to bring jewellery, free of duty in his bonafide baggage upto an aggregate value of Rs. 10,000/- (in the case of a male passenger) or Rs.20,000/- (in the case of a lady passenger). This is in addition to his/her usual free allowances. If a passenger who is a Indian passport holder has been working abroad and returning after termination of work following a stay of 365 days abroad during the two previous years, he/she can also bring Gold & Silver in any form other than ornaments (Sl. 17 of Annexure-II) as part of the baggage on paying 15% duty, subject to the upper total value limit of Rs.75,000/- for all listed items.
    Passengers of Indian Origin who have stayed abroad for at least 6 months can import raw gold and silver / jewellery in excess of the above mentioned amount on payment of duty at the prescribed rate. However, stone or pearl studded jewellery are not allowed under this scheme. 

    Import of Silver as baggage on payment of duty 

    The weight of silver (including ornaments) should not exceed the quantity of 100 kgs. per passenger. 

    The duty at the rate of Rs.510 per kg. is payable by the passenger in convertible foreign currency.  




    Import of silver by concealment in baggage coupled with no declaration will lead to confiscation along with imposition of fine/penalty and the offender may also be arrested.

    Jan 15, 2008

    Importing Firearms

    Importing Firearms & Ammunition into India

    • Import of firearms is strictly prohibited.
    • Import of Cartridges in excess of 50 is also prohibited.

    Transfer of Residence to India However, in the case of persons transferring their residence (as per conditions specified in the rules) to India for a minimum period of one year, one firearm of permissible bore can be allowed to be imported subject to the conditions that:
    1. the same was in possession and use abroad by the passenger for a minimum period of one year and also subject to the condition that such firearm, after clearance, shall not be sold, loaned, transferred or otherwise parted with, for consideration or otherwise, during the lifetime of such person.

      AND

    2. the firearms can be allowed in such cases on payment of applicable duty provided the passenger has a valid arms licence from the local authorities


    Import of Airgun
    Airgun Can be imported via personal baggage route or via post/ courier route

    • The importer MUST be a current member of a Rifle Club/ Shooting Association
    • The air guns / air-pistols imported can ONLY be in .177 calibre

    More Information about Importing airguns into India

    Airgun import experiences - via post/ courier route

    Procedure to import guns and ammunation for shooting sports

    Paintball guns





    Import of Passenger Automobiles to India

    Import of Car to India

    Passenger automobilies including Sports Cars, Jeeps, SUV, Multi-Utility Vehicles and Motor Cycles etc. are restricted items of import and can be imported against an import license. However individuals coming to India on Transfer of Residence after two years continuous stay abroad and other importers as specified in Public Notice No. 3(RE/1997-02) of Directorate General of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, may import these vehicles without a license but on payment of customs duty .

    The Imported Vehicle should have right hand steering and controls.

    Indian nationals coming to India for permanent settlement:

    Used household goods and personal effects, which have been owned and used by the shipper for at least 6 months and are not part of other concessions


    Transfer of Residence Rules are subject to change from time to time

    Check the Latest Duty Structure
    IMPORT OF PASSENGER CARS
    Import of passenger Cars / Jeep / Multiutility vehicles:

    Motor cars, Motor cycles and scooters whether new or old imported into India are chargeable to duty on the basis of their list price prevailing in the country of the their manufacture on the date on which a bill of entry is presented. However, trade discount and depreciation on the value are deductible from the price list but freight from the country of manufacture and insurance charges are added. The landing charges are also added to this to arrive at the final assessable value.

    Homologation:

    Homologation is the process of certifying that a particular car is roadworthy and the Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) provide this clearance. According to existing norms, every original car model brought into the country by an individual or a manufacturer must have homologation clearance. Even domestic car manufacturers need a homologation certificate for new models. There are some exclusions as well

    • Manufacturers can import left hand drive vehicles only for testing and research purposes.
    • Individuals importing top-end cars can waive off the testing — or homologation — requirements. Any individual can import a vehicle priced above Rs 20 lakh without sending it for road-worthiness tests.
    • Import of new vehicles is only permitted through Customs ports at Nhava Sheva, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi Air Cargo and at ICD, Tughlakabad

    For Non Residential Indians (NRIs)
    Individuals coming to India for permanent settlement after two years of continuous stay abroad can bring in a car provided the vehicle has been in their possession for at least one year abroad. This now ensures that individuals coming to India do not bring in an absolutely new car.


    Payment of Custom Duty for Import of cars and vehicles
    In case of Indian nationals or foreign nationals of Indian origin returning to India for permanent settlement, custom duty can be paid in rupees derived by sale of foreign exchange or by debit to their NRE/FCNR accounts held in India or out of the funds held in their RFC account. In such cases, the authorized dealers will have to issue a certificate to that effect for submission to the Customs authorities. It will also be in order for the authorized dealers to open and maintain special non-convertible accounts in the name of the above categories of persons with funds derived either by remittances from abroad or by debit to their NRE/FCNR/RFC account in India for the purpose of paying custom duty. The certificates issued by authorized dealers should, however, bear a clear superscription that the same have been issued for submission to the customs authorities for payment of custom duty, after assessment thereof.

    India Customs Rules for Transferring Residency to India

    Indian Customs Rules for Residency Transfer

    Following rules will apply to the people who are Transferring their Residency to India apart from the usual allowances applicable to Indian residents or foreigners residing in India.


    Check the Latest Transfer Rule Updates from cbec.gov.in



    I. Articles not allowed free, but at a concessional rate of duty of 30% :

    1. Colour TV/Monochrome TV.
    2. VCR/VCP/Video Television Receiver/VCD Player.
    3. DVD Player
    4. Video Home Theatre System
    5. Washing Machine.
    6. Electrical/Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range (other than Electrical/Liquefied Petroleum Gal stoves with not more than two burners and without any extra attachment)
    7. Dish Washer.
    8. Music System.
    9. Personal Computer/Desktop Computer.
    10. Air Conditioner.
    11. Refrigerator.
    12. Deep Freezer.
    13. Microwave Oven.
    14. Video Camera or the combination of such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely:
      1. Television Receiver;
      2. Sound recording or reproducing apparatus;
      3. Video reproducing apparatus.
    15. Word Processing Machine.
    16. Fax machine.
    17. Portable Photocopying Machine

    Conditions :

    1. Passenger to affirm by a declaration that the goods (Items 1 to 14 of above) have been in his/her possession abroad or the goods are purchased from the duty-free shop by him/her at the time of his/her arrival but before clearance from Customs.
    2. Unaccompanied goods were shipped or despatched or arrived within the prescribed time limits (within two months before arrival and within after one month of arrival - see rules regarding unaccompanied baggage for details)
    3. Only one unit of each item (Items 1 to 14 of above) per family is allowed and total value of these items should not exceed Rs.1.5 Lakhs.
    4. The person claiming this benefit affirms by declaration that no other member of the family had availed, or would avail this benefit. The term "family" includes all persons in the same house and forming part of the same establishment.
    5. Passenger has not availed this concession in the preceding three years.
    6. Minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of the passenger's arrival on transfer of residence. Shortfall of upto 2 months in stay abroad can be condoned by Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of -
      1. Terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger, or
      2. Any other special circumstances.

    7. Total stay in India on short visits during the 2 preceding years should not exceed 6 months. Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of 6 months in deserving cases.

    Note 1:Transfer of Residence entitlements are applicable to returning Indians as well as Foreigners transferring their residence to India subject to the fulfillment of prescribed eligibility conditions

    Note 2:Earlier there was a clause of minimum stay in India of 1 year after taking TR. This has since been abolished.


    Depreciation of value on old and used items

    Though there are no specific guidelines in the Baggage Rules for according depreciation benefits to old and used items of baggage for the purpose of their valuation, as a matter of practice, the following depreciation benefits are given on the purchase value of old and used items:

    1. For every quarter during 1st year - 4%
    2. For every quarter during 2nd year - 3%
    3. For every quarter during 3rd year - 2.5%
    4. For every quarter during 4th year & after - 2%

    Since there are no specific guidelines, the assessing officer uses his / her judgement and discretion for determining the maximum limit. The depreciation for each year is supposed to be calculated on the reduced value of the previous year and not on the original value. However, for quick calculation and clearance, sometimes the straight line method of calculation of depreciation is followed at the airport, which incidentally is more beneficial for the passenger.

    India Currency Regulations

    India Currency Regulations

    While Traveling to India or to any other foreign country, it is important to be updated about that particular country's currency and customs duties. Chalking out a meticulous plan about what and how much to carry and the customs formalities that needs to be followed better equips the traveler than being a novice on his/her tour.

    It is advisable to carry a mix of cash and travellers cheques to guard against any situation.

    US Dollars are the easiest currency to change with euro coming a close second. Other hard currencies such as Yen, British Pound, Deutsche Mark can also be changed in tourist areas and big cities.



    On arriving in India, a Currency declaration Form needs to be filled in, on which the amount of currency you are bringing into the country need to be mentioned.

    Exchange receipts will be asked if you wish to exchange any remaining Rupees back into foreign currency.

    Encashment certificate
    Money should be exchanged only at authorized centers likes banks and money changers who will in turn issue an encashment certificate that is required at the time of
    re conversion of unspent money into foreign currency.

    There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or traveller’ cheques a tourist may import, provided a Declaration Form is completed on arrival by the tourists if they enter the country with US$10,000 or its equivalent in any other currency. This will facilitate the exchange of imported currency as well as the export of unspent currency on departure or for tax clearance certificates. Cash, bank notes and travelers’ cheques up to US$2.500 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travellers’ cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency should be exchanged only through authorised money changers.



    Import of Indian currency is prohibited. However, in the case of passengers normally resident of India who are returning from a visit abroad Indian currency upto Rs 5000 is allowed.

    Send Money to India
    Remit Money to India, International Money Transfer

    Tourists are warned that changing money through unauthorised persons is not only illegal but also involves the risk of receiving counterfeit currency. To exchange foreign money other than through banks or authorised money changers is an offence. Please note that no Indian currency whatsoever can be imported or exported, except for Rupee travellers’ cheques. Banks abroad do keep Rupee balances with their agents in India and are able to draw upon these balances to issue Rupee traveller's cheques to intending tourists. There are 24 hour exchange facilities available at all big cites and international airports. Banking hours in India are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) and from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. One can also wire money into India. These services are offered by foreign banks and wire services like western union.

    A growing number of hotels, restaurants and shops are beginning to accept credit cards, the well known and more accepted ones being American Express, Visa, Mastercards and Diners Club

    • Exchanging of foreign exchange other than through banks or authorized money changers is an offense under the Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.

    Custom Regulations
    All personal objects which are required in India are free from duty. Under this heading fall personal jewellery, presents up to a value of Rs. 600, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 0.95 l alcoholic beverages. Professional material and articles which have a high value can only be imported duty free if the traveller gives a written undertaking that these articles will be re-exported.

    Travel Tax
    Passengers embarking on journey to any place outside India from a customs airport / seaport will have to pay an Foreign Travel Tax of Rs.500/- and on journeys to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives of Rs.150/-.

    An Inland Air Travel Tax is leviable at 10 per cent of the basic fare, on all passengers embarking on an inland air journey. However, those passengers paying their airfares in foreign exchange will be exempted from payment of this tax. In addition, infants, cancer patients, blind persons and invalids (those on stretchers) are also exempted from payment of this tax after fulfilling certain conditions, stipulated in the relevant notifications.

    India Currency: Indian Rupee ₨ INR

    Indian rupee INR
    The Indian rupee (Hindi: रुपया) is the currency of India.

    The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. The most commonly used symbols (abbreviated) for the rupee are Rs, ₨ and रू.

    The ISO 4217 code for the Indian rupee is INR.

    The modern rupee is subdivided into 100 paise (singular paisa) or in laymans term One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise

    Indian Coins in various denominations



    More Information about Indian Coins
    India became independent on 15 August 1947 and was left with a legacy of non-decimal coinage. One rupee was divided into 16 annas or 64 pice, and each anna was equal to 4 pice. In 1957, India shifted to the decimal system, but for a short period both decimal and non-decimal coins were in circulation. To distinguish between the two, the coins minted between 1957 and 1964 have the legend "Naya Paisa" ("new" paisa). The denominations in circulation were 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 paise and 1 rupee.

    Foreign Exchange Import of Indian Currency


    Import of Indian Currency : India Rupee
    Import of Indian Currency
    The import of Indian Currency in to India is prohibited. However the Reserve Bank of India has permitted import by any person currency notes other than notes of above Rs.100/- and from other countries by indian travellers currency notes of Government of India and Reserve bank of India notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs.5000/- per resident Indian provided the amount sough to be brought to India had earlier been taken out while proceeding abroad on a temporary visit period.

    • Indian Customs Rules


      Import of Indian currency is prohibited. However, in the case of passengers normally resident of India who are returning from a visit abroad Indian currency upto Rs 5000 is allowed.

      Export and Import of Indian currency and currency notes :-
      Save as otherwise provided in these RBI regulation
      s, any person resident in India,

      • may take outside India (other than to Nepal and Bhutan) currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes upto an amount not exceeding Rs.5,000/- per person;
      • may take or send outside India (other than to Nepal and Bhutan) commemorative coins not exceeding two coins each.

      • 'Commemorative Coin' includes coin issued by Government o
        f India Mint to commemorate any specific occasion or event and expressed in Indian currency.

      • who had gone out of India on a temporary visit, may bring into India at the time of his return from any place outside India (other than from Nepal and Bhutan), currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes upto an amount not exceeding Rs.5,000/- per person.

      Import of Foreign Exchange
      As far as foreign exchange is concerned any person can bring in to India from a place outside India foreign exchange without
      any limit.Reserve Bank has granted general permission to any person to bring foreign currency into India from any place outside India without limit, provided he declares to Customs authorities on arrival the particulars of all such foreign currency brought in by him on the Currency Declaration Form (CDF).


      However,if the aggregate value of foreign currency brought in by him in the form of currency notes, bank notes or travellers cheques does not exceed U.S.$ 10,000 or its equivalent,and/or the value of foreign currency notes does not exceed U.S.$ 2500 or its equivalent, CDF is not required to be completed.


      Export and import of currency to or from Nepal and Bhutan :-

      Notwithstanding anything contained in these regulations, a person may –

      • take or send out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
      • bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes (other than notes of denominations of above Rs.100 in either case) ;
      • take out of India to Nepal or Bhutan, or bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes being the currency of Nepal or Bhutan.


      Reserve Bank of India

    India Airports

    India Airports, Airfields & Heliports
    • Bombay Airport, India Mumbai Airport
      Mumbai has two Airports-The Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport and Santa Cruz Domestic Airport.At a height of 26 feet above mean sea level, The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves as one of India's major international airports.

    • Chennai Airport Tamil Nadu, India formerly Madras
      Meenambakkam Airport or Madras International Airport is situated at Tirisulam, 7 Km south of Chennai. It has two terminals, Kamaraj Terminal, handles domestic flights connecting 20 destinations across the country with Chennai. The International Terminal, named Anna Terminal, connects major destinations.

    • Cochin Airport Kerala, India CIAL Airport
      Cochin International Airport is one of the country's youngest Airports with modern facilities and conveniences.Located at Nedumbassery, which is about 30 kms off Kochi (Cochin) city,this is the first airport in India that was constructed with private participation ,outside the ambit of Airport Authority of India. Government of Kerala, Non-Resident Indians from over 30 countries

    • Begumpet Airport Hyderabad Airport
      Begumpet Airport (IATA: HYD, ICAO: VOHY) at Hyderabad, also known as Hyderabad Airport, is currently the only international airport in Andhra Pradesh. It is a civil enclave located in Begumpet. The airport is host to the Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy and the Begumpet Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force as well.

    • Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport, India
      Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport (IATA: DEL, ICAO: VIDP), located in the city of Delhi, India is one of India's main domestic and international gateways. Earlier known as Palam Airport, it was renamed IGI airport with the inauguration of a new international terminal

    • Kolkatta Airport
      The international Netaji Subhash Airport (Dum Dum Airport) is 20 kms from the city. Most of the domestic airlines have direct services to and from Kolkata-Kolkata to other important cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, Bangalore.



    • Agartala Airport Agatti Island Airport
    • Ahmedabad Airport Aizawl Airport
    • Akola Airport Along Airport
    • Amritsar Raja Sansi Anand Airport
    • Aurangabad Airport Bagdogra Airport
    • Balurghat Airport Bangalore Airport
    • Belgaum Airport Bellary Airport
    • Bhatinda Airport Bhavnagar Airport
    • Bhopal Airport Bhubaneshwar Airport
    • Bhuj Airport Bikaner Airport
    • Bilaspur Airport Birsa Munda Airport
    • Calicut Airport Car Nicobar Airport
    • Chandigarh Airport Chennai International Airport
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Cuddapah Airport
    • Daman Airport Daparizo Airport
    • Darjeeling Airport Deland Municipal Sidney H Taylor Fld
    • Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport Dhanbad Airport
    • Dharamsala Airport Dibrugarh Airport
    • Dibrugarh Airport Dimapur Airport
    • Gaya Airport Goa Airport
    • Gorakhpur Airport Guna Airport
    • Guwahati Airport Gwalior Airport
    • Hissar Airport Hubli Airport
    • Hyderabad Airport Imphal Airport
    • Indira Gandhi International Airport Jabalpur Airport
    • Jagdalpur Airport Jaipur Airport
    • Jaisalmer Airport Jaladhar Airport
    • Jammu Airport Jamnagar Airport
    • Jamshedpur Airport Jeypore Airport
    • Jodhpur Airport Jorhat Airport
    • Kailashahar Airport Kamalpur Airport
    • Kandla Airport Kanpur Airport
    • Keshod Airport Khajuraho Airport
    • Khowai Airport Kolhapur Airport
    • Kota Airport Kullu Manali Airport
    • Leh Airport Lilabari Airport
    • Lucknow Airport Ludhiana Airport
    • Macdill Air Force Base Aux Field Madurai Airport
    • Malda Airport Mangalore Airport
    • Muzaffarnagar Airport Muzaffarpur Airport
    • Mysore Airport Nagpur Airport
    • Nanded Airport Nasik Airport
    • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport New Century Aircenter
    • Neyveli Airport Ormond Beach Municipal Airport
    • Panaji Airport Pantnagar Airport
    • Pasighat Airport Pathankot Airport
    • Patna Airport Porbandar Airport
    • Port Blair Airport Pune Airport
    • Puttaparthi Airport Rae Bareli Airport
    • Raipur Airport Rajahmundry Airport
    • Rajkot Airport Rajouri Airport
    • Ramagundam Airport Ratnagiri Airport
    • Rewa Airport Rourkela Airport
    • Rupsi Airport Schuylkill Co Airport
    • Sheldon Municipal Airport Sholapur Airport
    • Silchar Airport Simla Airport
    • Srinagar Airport Surat Airport
    • Tezpur Airport Tezu Airport
    • Thanjavur Airport Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
    • Tiruchirappalli Airport Tirupati Airport
    • Udaipur Airport Vadodara Airport
    • Varanasi Airport Vijayawada Airport
    • Vishakhapatnam Airport Vizag Airport
    • Warrangal Airport West Tinian Airport