June 30, 2019

Indian Customs Forms

Whats New ?? Whats Changed 

India Embarkation Card

Indians flying abroad are no longer required to fill departure cards, but those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card.

This departure card is applicable to only Indian Nationals departing India.



Indian Customs Declaration Form

Nothing to declare? Flyers not to fill customs form .

Passengers flying to India and not carrying any dutiable goods will not have to fill up customs declaration form. Earlier this was mandatory for all passengers coming to India.






 The new rules will also apply to the members of the crew of a vessel or an aircraft.


India Arrival Card

Indian nationals, are now exempt from filling Arrival card. (Disembarkation Card / Arrival Form)



Indian Immigration Arrival Form : For Foreigners
India Arrival Card is applicable only to Foreign Nationals (including OCI card holders) traveling to India.

Indian Passport Holders do NOT need to complete any arrival card.








India Airport Customs : Travelling to India with Drone

What are the Drone rules and regulations in India ??
Can we carry drone to India?
Will the drone be confiscated by the airport customs ??
Is Drone photography/video permitted in India over public property ?



Indian drone regulations

Flying drones is now legal in India    Official Drone Regulation PDF

Drone use is limited by state and will require cumbersome registration processes.

The DGCA uses the term “remotely piloted aircraft” (RPA)  to describe an unmanned aircraft piloted from a remote pilot station, differentiating them from model aircraft. 

Most operators will require a permit (UAOP) but nano and micro drones flying low or inside are exempted. 


Drone Classification

  • Nano : Less than or equal to 250 grams.
  • Micro : From 250 grams to 2kg.
  • Small : From 2kg to 25kg.
  • Medium : From 25kg to 150kg.
  • Large : Greater than 150kg.
Before every single flight in India, drone pilots are required to request permission to fly via a mobile app, which will automatically process the request and grant or reject it.


The Indian government has said that while it restricts the use of drones, it has not banned their import.

Foreigners are currently not allowed to fly drones in India.

The Indian Customs Declaration Form has been revised to include drones in the list of prohibited and dutiable goods. It is now mandatory for the passengers to declare it.

Passengers entering India will now have to declare their possession of drones upon arrival. They will also have to pay an extra duty on it.

Am I allowed to bring drones into India? Will it get confiscated by airport customs or security?

There is plenty of evidence of travellers taking their drone into India, and using it. Your obligation will be to declare the drone, and head for the Red Channel when you reach customs.

India has plenty of no-fly zones especially anywhere near an international border, military areas and  airport areas.

There are some instances of tourists getting arrested for flying drones.

If you want to use a drone for a event i suggest to hire one.

Trying to deal with the Indian Customs is pointless. Indian bureaucracy is not the best. It'll take you forever to get any kind of clarification, if at all.







Best Visitor Medical Insurance. Travel Insurance for USA Travel

Best Travel Insurance for USA Visit

Traveling to the United States to meet your loved ones can be a wonderful experience, but it is also important to ensure that everyone is safe and protected along the way. 

Good Idea or Waste of Money? 

Traveling to USA always involves risks, such as the risk of getting sick or having an accident, losing or having your valuables stolen, missed flights and even the loss of life in extreme cases.

Travel Medical insurance primarily provides coverage if you were to unexpectedly get sick or injured while visiting United States, and paying for a travel insurance premium is one of those things you pay for in the hopes you never need to use it.

Honestly, buying travel insurance is not cheap. Peace of mind is priceless!


Healthcare is extremely expensive in the United States, Don't take chances without visitors insurance.

Sometimes you wonder if its good deal or a ripoff.
 

Cost is an important factor. It usually depends on the traveler's age, coverage amount limit, and type of plan. 

Comprehensive travel insurance plans cover certain type of travel related coverage, such as baggage loss, and travel-related emergencies.

What does medical travel insurance include?

  1. Emergency Medical Expenses
  2. Trip Interruption
  3. Emergency Medical Evacuation / Repatriation
  4. Return of Mortal Remains
  5. Loss of Checked Luggage
  6. Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Pre-existing conditions are normally not covered!

July 13, 2017

India GST and Custom Duty Changes

India GST & Custom Duty

GST on Imports in India 

Would there be any changes on BCD (Basic Customs Duty) after GST?  Are there any changes in Education Cess, Anti-dumping duty, Safeguard duty? What is the changes in CVD and SAD after introduction of GST? 

BCD has been kept outside the purview of GST and will be charged as per the current law only.

India GST Custom Duty
New Custom Duty on Gold
Prior to GST being implemented, the overall tax rate on gold jewellery stands at 12.2%. ( 10% customs duty, 1% excise duty, and 1.2% VAT)

GST replaces the excise duty and VAT components, but sits on top of the Import Duty. The Gold rate of 3% announced on 3rd June is significantly lower than many had feared. And, on the face of it, represents only a modest tax increase.

VAT varies state-by-state from 1% in Rajasthan to 5% in Kerala. Additional local taxes can push the overall tax on gold jewellery even higher


10 percent basic customs duty (BCD)
On the same day of Goods and Service Tax (GST) roll out across the country, the Government also imposed a 10 percent basic customs duty (BCD) on cellular mobile phones and specified parts of cell phones such as chargers, battery, wired headphones, microphones, keypad, USB cables, and receivers.

Also, the basic customs duty charges of 10 percent will also be applicable for “certain other specified electronic goods,” but the government did not disclose the items.





Impact of GST on imports in India
On the imports side there would be no major impact on levy of Basic Customs duty, Education Cess, Anti-dumping duty, Safeguard duty and the like.  However, the Additional duties of Customs, which are in common parlance referred to as Countervailing Duty (CVD) and Special Additional duty
of Customs (SAD), would be replaced with the levy of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST), barring a few exceptions.

March 8, 2017

How much Alcohol can you carry Duty Free to India ?

 What is the Indian Duty Free Allowance & Entitlements for Alcohol ?

You are allowed to carry 2 litres of Alcoholic Liquor or Wine.
Chivas Regal

Whisky, Cognac, Brandy, Gin, Rum, Vodka, Tequila

If you are buying duty free at a  international airport abroad, then you can carry it as a part of your cabin baggage. 


However in case you are buying it outside the airport or have been gifted the alcohol or wine will have to go in your  checked luggage.

Connected Domestic Flights in India

In case you are taking a local connecting flight within India you will have to check in the alcohol bottles including those bought at Duty Free Shops in India.

Duty is payable if items are brought in excess of the prescribed limits

Duty around 100% - 170%
Total Duty  = BCD + ACD + education cess @3%

BCD - Basic Customs Duty
ACD - Additional Customs Duty





 

Whiskey


Top Alcoholic Liquor
Johnnie Walker
Black Label
Red Label
Chivas Regal
Jack Daniels Whiskey
Grey Goose
Costco Vodka
Black Velvet

Duty free booze how much can bring into India per person ??
Bringing Duty Free Alcohol into India ??

How much gold can you bring to India ??


New Custom Duty on Gold
Prior to GST being implemented, the overall tax rate on gold jewellery stands at 12.2%. ( 10% customs duty, 1% excise duty, and 1.2% VAT)

GST replaces the excise duty and VAT components, but sits on top of the Import Duty. The Gold rate of 3% announced on 3rd June is significantly lower than many had feared. And, on the face of it, represents only a modest tax increase.

VAT varies state-by-state from 1% in Rajasthan to 5% in Kerala. Additional local taxes can push the overall tax on gold jewellery even higher

 

How much Gold can i legally import into India

How much gold can I carry to India without worrying about duties?
gold biscuit

 

50,000 / 100000 Limit

A passenger residing abroad for 1+ year, on return to India, shall be allowed clearance free of duty in his bona fide baggage of jewellery,

Rs 50,000 Male Passenger
 
a male passenger can get up to a weight of 20 grams with a value cap of Rs 50,000

Rs 50,000 Female Passenger
a female
passenger can bring up to a weight of 40 grams with a value cap of Rs 100,000

Earlier these were defined as value of Rs 50,000 & Rs. 100,000 only.


Indian Jewellary

Most Gold Imports to India Come from Gulf Countries (Middle East)  : UAE, Dubai, Saudi Arabia

Gold Purity (parts, or karats) 
22k, 24k, 21k and 18k

Note: Custom duties can be changed by the authorities at any time. Check with the concerned authorities for latest information

How much currency can you carry to India?

How much currency can you carry to India?

foreign currenciesIndian Customs limit on the amount of cash (Indian and Foreign currency) you can carry in and out of India with you.

 

Indian Rupee Rules : Currency

Latest Update

  • Import of INR is prohibited, except for residents of India importing up to INR 7,500

 

Currency Import regulations:

Foreign currencies : 

Unlimited : No Import Limit on Foreign currencies

However, amounts 

  • exceeding USD 5,000. (or equivalent) in cash

or 

  • USD 10,000.- (or equivalent) in traveler's cheques must be declared

 

Local currency (Indian Rupee INR 7,500): 

Import of INR is prohibited, except for residents of India importing up to INR 7,500

Foreign currencies include

  • currency notes

  • traveler's cheques

  • cheques, drafts 

can be exchanged only through banks and authorized money exchange points.

New Indian Rupee

Indian rupee demonetisation is done deal

Currency Export regulations:Foreign currencies : up to the amount imported and declared.


Local currency (Indian Rupee-INR): INR 7,500

For residents of India, except when departing to Bhutan and Nepal. For residents departing to Bhutan and Nepal: no limit in amount of INR but notes no bigger than INR 100.- may be carried.

Foreign currencies include currency notes, traveler's cheques, cheques, drafts etc can be exchanged only through banks and authorized money exchange agents.


Indian Customs Forms

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