Customs Duty And Quick Links To Airlines Baggage Allowance Rules
Please note that this information- related to travelling from/to India- may be changed anytime at the discretion of Indian Customs Department.
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.
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%.
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%.
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.