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Cash: How much cash can one carry when travelling into or outside India?
Q) While departing from India, how much cash can I carry?
- Rupees: Indian residents when going abroad can carry cash not exceeding Rs. 10,000. Click here for details.
- Foreign Currency: Indian residents going abroad are permitted to take with them foreign currency without any limit so long as the same has been purchased from an authorized foreign exchange dealer.
- Foreigners(except citizens of Pakistan and Bangladesh) and NRIs(Non Resident Indians) can take out currency worth Rs. 25,000 out of India to facilitate their travel requirements.
Q) Coming back to India, how much foreign currency can I bring back?
- Passenger can bring into India foreign currency without any limit.
- But declaration of foreign currency is required at the customs on Currency Declaration Form(CDF) if currency notes exceed US $ 5000 OR if the total value of foreign exchange (currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques) exceeds US $10,000.
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TV: How much customs duty on importing a TV?
- Goods worth Rs. 25000 are allowed duty free, but from 26th August 2013, government banned duty-free import of high-end flat screen (LCD/LED) plasma television sets and any traveller importing a TV has to pay customs duty on the total price of TV set.
- A customs duty of 35% + Education cess of 3% is charged which means that the effective rate is 36.05%. In other words, from August 26th onwards, travellers bringing in LCD/LED/Plasma TV as part of baggage will have to pay customs duty at 35% plus an education cess of 3% to take the total import duty to 36.05%.
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Laptops: How many are allowed duty free? How much duty on extra laptops?
- One laptop/notebook computer is also allowed duty free if imported by a passenger of age 18 years & above
- If you already carried one office/personal laptop while departing from India, then duty will be charged if you get a second laptop while arriving back to India.
- Customs duty on second laptop is 35% + 3% Education cess which means that the effective rate is 36.05%.
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Jewellery: How much customs duty on jewellery?
Q) While departing from India, how much jewellery can I carry?
- Indians can carry jewellery free of duty and there is no limit on quantum of jewellery one can carry but you have to declare the jewellery at the customs and get it evaluated.
- While leaving India, passengers should carry an export certificate from the Custom Authorities for the jewellery.
Q) While arriving to India, how much foreign jewellery can I carry?
- A male passenger can bring jewellery worth Rs. 50,000 and the upper limit for women is Rs. 1 lakh.
- Indian residents or foreigners residing in India can bring back jewellery free of duty which they had declared at the Indian customs at the time of departure from India.
Q) What are the import/customs duty rates for gold and silver?
- Gold import duty rates: In August, 2013, customs duty hiked to '10% of gold value' from previous 8%.
- Silver import duty rates: In August, 2013, customs duty hiked to '10% of silver value' from previous 6%.
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Alcohol/Cigarettes: How much customs duty on importing alcohol or cigarettes?
- Duty Free Allowance: Passengers can bring upto '2 litres of alcohol' and '200 Cigarettes or 50 Cigars'.
- Customs Duty on Excess Alcohol/ Cigarette Products:
a) Whisky: Basic Customs Duty of 150% + Additional Customs Duty of 4% + 3% Education cess.
b) Wines and Beer: Basic Customs Duty of 100% + 3% Education cess.
c) Cigarettes: Basic Customs Duty of 100%+ 3% Education cess.
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Medicines: How much customs duty on medicines?
- Most life saving drugs and medicines are free of any custom duty.
- No difficulty in custom clearance in case the passenger has required prescriptions & Doctors certificate.
- Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances are prohibited & anyone found carrying these is liable to prosecution/penalty.
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Duty rates coming to India: What are the customs duty rates when entering into India?
- General rate of customs duty for items imported in excess of the permissible free allowance is 35% + Education Cess of 3% (Effective rate 36.05%) is charged.
- Incase the value of 1 item exceeds duty free allowance, duty is calculated only on the excess of such amount.
- Gold/Silver, alcohol/cigarettes have different customs duty structure (see respective sections on this page).
- For people returning after 365 days abroad or for 'Transfer of Residence' cases, concessional customs duty rates of 15% + Educational cess of 3% is charged. Click here to verify and view details.
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Duty Free: What are the duty free allowances for passengers coming into India?
- For all passengers coming from any country (except Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China), duty free allowance is:
- Rs. 12,000, if stay abroad is for upto 3 days.
- Rs. 25,000, if stay abroad is for more than 3 days.
- For passengers coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China by air, duty free allowance is:
- Nil, if stay abroad is for upto 3 days.
- Rs. 6,000, if stay abroad is for more than 3 days.
- Free allowance is not applicable to the following:
- Fire arms/cartridges.
- Cigarettes exceeding 200 or cigars exceeding 50 or tobacco exceeding 250 gms.
- Alcoholic liquor or wines in excess of 2 litres.
- Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments.
- One laptop/notebook computer: Over and above the said free allowances mentioned above is also allowed duty free if imported by any adult passenger.
- Click here to verify and view details.
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Residence Transfer: What is the duty free allowance for 'transfer of residence' cases
(1) Duty free allowance for transfer of residence is:
- Rs. 75,000 per person if person was working abroad and is returning to India on termination of such work after staying abroad for at least 365 days during the two years immediately preceding the date of arrival in India.
- Rs. 5 Lakhs if person was residing abroad for a minimum period of 2 years immediately preceding the transfer of residence and has not availed this concession in the preceding 3 years.
(2) Concessional customs duty rates of 15% + 3% educational cess on the following items:
- DVD Player, Video Home Theatre System/ Music System, Dish Washer, Air-Conditioner, Deep Freezer, Microwave Oven, Video camera/ products.
- Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 litres or its equivalent.
(3) No customs duty on following items:
- Washing Machine, Electrical Gas Cooking Range.
- Personal/Laptop Computer.
- Domestic Refrigerators upto 300 litres.
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At international Indian airports: Green and Red channel details
For passengers arriving at international airports in India, customs have 2 channels through which they can exit:
- Passengers who have nothing to declare, carrying duty free goods OR dutiable goods within the prescribed free allowance can walk through Green Channel.
- Green Channel is for passengers who do not need to pay custom duties on goods.
- Passengers passing through green channel may be randomly asked to stop for spot checks of their luggage.
- If passengers passing through green channel are found to have goods exceeding the custom limits or carrying prohibited items, then they are liable to prosecution /penalty or confiscation of goods.
- Passengers can pass through on the basis of their Declaration on their Disembarkation/Arrival Card.
- Passengers with goods above permitted limits &/or carrying prohibited items should choose Red Channel.
- Custom duty is charged based mostly on the price list that is already with the customs authorities. On payment of duty the baggage is cleared.
- Passengers should choose Red Channel if they are not sure about declaring any goods.
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Baggage Allowance Domestic: Free baggage allowance on domestic travel
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Baggage Allowance International: Free baggage allowance on international travel
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