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Airport & Customs

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.
CUSTOMS:Every passenger entering India goes through a Customs Check and a declaration of the contents of ones baggage which is made on the prescribed Indian Customs Declaration Form. For the purposes of customs clearance there is a two channel system.

  1. 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. 
  2. Red Channel for passengers carrying dutiable goods.

Trafficking of Narcotics and Psychotropic substances is a serious offence and can result in imprisonment.

Duty Free Allowances for Tourists

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.
Note: Duty free allowances for India vary based on the passenger’s country of origin, duration of stay and other factors. Please refer to the Indian Customs Board website for detailed and up to date information.

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.
  • Antiquities.
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Endangered species of plants and animals – whether they are dead or alive.
Note: For a detailed and up to date list of prohibited and restricted goods, please refer to the Indian Customs Board website.
CURRENCY: Import or export of Indian Rupees is prohibited. Declaration of foreign exchange / foreign currency has to be made before the custom officers in cases where –
  1. The value of foreign currency exceeds US $5,000 or equivalent.
  2. 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.
Indian laws controlling the import and export of Indian rupees, foreign currency, and other goods can change over time. Make sure you check the Indian Customs Board website to confirm up to date information, before you travel.

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.

Declaration: The information provided in this page may not be current or up-to-date. It is the traveller’s responsibility to check the relevant government websites for current and up-to-date information.

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