India has 21 international airports - in Srinagar, Jaipur, Amritsar, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Goa, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Calicut, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram and Port Blair.
- Green Channel for passengers not carrying any dutiable goods. Passengers passing through the Green Channel with dutiable goods are liable for prosecution / penalty and confiscation of goods.
- Red Channel for passengers carrying dutiable goods.
A tourist is a passenger who is not normally a resident of India and who enters 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.
Some of the duty free allowances for tourists arriving into India are:
- alcoholic liquors or Wines up to 2 litres
- 100 Cigarettes or 25Cigars or 125gms of Tobacco.
Tourists while leaving India are allowed to take with them foreign currency not exceeding an amount brought in by them at the time of their arrival in India. As no declaration is required to be made when bringing in foreign exchange / currency which is not too exceed the equivalent of U.S. $10,000. Generally tourists can take out of India with them at the time of their departure foreign exchange/ currency not exceeding the above mentioned amount.
Some of the Prohibited / Restricted goods are (entry and exit):
- Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances.
- Pornographic material
- Counterfeit and pirated goods and good infringing any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights.
- Firearms and ammunition
- Endangered species of plants and animals – whether they are dead or alive.
- The value of foreign currency exceeds US $5,000 or equivalent.
- The total value of foreign exchange exceeds US $10,000 or equivalent – this includes currency notes, traveller’s cheques, cheques, drafts and other forms of foreign exchange.
Note: For information regarding customs clearance and duty free goods allowances, for your return to your country of origin after visiting India, please check the relevant customs clearance authority website in your country.
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