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On your arrival in India, you will be passing through the customs department. Here are some tips for a smooth entry into the country.

Passing through customs is an essential step when traveling to a foreign country. The same applies to India where the customs department is quite strict. So it is best to be aware of all existing conditions and regulations before traveling so as to avoid any hurdle on your arrival. Some products and objects may be allowed in specific quantities while others may simply be prohibited. Below is a non-exhaustive list.

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During your transit through customs, you have to choose between two lanes: the green lane intended for travelings who are in possession of duty-free products and the red lane for those who have taxable products.

Duty free goods and objects

You are allowed to import, duty-free, the following products in specific quantities when making a short stay in the country:

  • a maximum of 2 liters of wine
  • either 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco
  • your personal belongings
  • souvenirs that you intend to take with you on your departure from India.

Foreign currency

You are not allowed to travel to India with Indian rupees (INR). However, you can be in possession of any amount of money in foreign currency, whether in bank notes or travelers checks, provided you declare these to the Customs department. You are required to fill a Currency Declaration Form.

Residents, for their part, can be in possession of a maximum of INR 7,500 on their return to India from a trip abroad.

Jewelery

Only habitual residents in India are allowed to enter the country with jewelery of a maximum value of INR 50,000 for men and a maximum of INR 100,000 for women.

Prohibited products

If on your arrival in India you are in possession of products such as rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries, matches or lighters, these will be seized by Custom officers. You can check out the complete list of prohibited products on the Central Bureau of Excise and Customs website

 Useful links:

Central Bureau of Excise and Customs www.cbec.gov.in
Central Bureau of Excise and Customs – Guide for tourists www.cbec.gov.in/htdocs-cbec

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