The term "Baggage" is defined as "Baggage that includes unaccompanied baggage but does not include motor vehicles". A passenger (tourist) is required to comply with certain provisions of the Indian Customs Law. The owner of any baggage shall, for the purpose of clearing it make a declaration of its contents to the customs officer (no written declaration is needed and oral declaration is usually acceptable). The rate of duty and tariff valuation, if any, applicable to the baggage shall be the rate and valuation in force on the date, on which a declaration is made in respect of such baggage. In respect of the goods personally brought in by the passengers it means approximately the retail price of the goods paid abroad (always carry the original invoice/bill to settle the disputes).

  1. Can free allowances of two or more passengers be added up (pooled or combined) to bring more goods duty free or pay lesser duty ?
    Absolutely not! This is a question frequently asked by passengers travelling with family or by passengers travelling in groups.
  2. What is the rate of duty on the value of baggage exceeding the Duty Free Allowance?
    If the total exceeds the prescribed duty free allowance limit for a passenger, then customs duty has to be paid on the value which is in excess of the free allowance - Presently it is 35.7%
  3. How much cigarettes, cigars, tobacco and alcoholic liquors can be brought?
    200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 gms tobacco. Alcoholic liquors and Wines upto 1 litre each
  4. What items are considered as used personal effects under baggage rules?
    Anything that is used for satisfying daily necessities of life are allowed duty free. Generally, the term includes items like all used items of personal wear, used cosmetics, used toiletries, umbrella, walking sticks, used shoes, hair dryer, hearing aid, shaving kit, spectacles, and one watch. Any other item can be included, based on the merits and on a case-to-case basis. It is the customs officer who exercises his/her judgement in deciding the nature of the items.
  5. What are the Personal Effects allowed duty free in respect of tourists?
    Personal jewellery, 1 electronic diary, portable radio,1 camera with film rolls less than 20, 1 video camera/camcorder with accessories, 1 pair of Binoculars, One portable color television less than 15 cms in size, 1 music system, 1 portable typewriter, 1 perambulator 1 tent and other camping equipment, 1 One computer (laptop or notebook), Professional equipment, instruments and apparatus or appliances including professional audio/video equipments, Sports equipments such as one fishing outfit, one sporting fire arm with fifty cartridges, one non-powered bicycle, one canoe or ranges less than 51 meters long, one pair of skids, two tennis rackets, one golf set (14 pcs. with a dozen of golf balls). A tourist is supposed to take back the items which have not been consumed during the stay in India when he/she returns

Presently goods of various values brought as accompanied baggage or on person can be cleared free of duty by passengers, based on their duration of stay abroad and their age. Goods brought as unaccompanied baggage are not entitled for the concessions mentioned below.

Goods taken out from India by a passenger while going abroad can be imported again into India free of duty provided the passenger had received an export certificate from the Customs in respect of that particular item while going abroad. Please note that Baggage Rules are different if coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China by air or land routes. Indian Custom's Tariff

In General, If you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia, Europe,.. and aged above 10 years... stayed more then 3 days abroad... carried on the person (carry on baggage) or as accompanied baggage (checked baggage)... you are entilted Duty Free Allowance of Rs 25000 (Approx $580) and 1 Laptop (18 years / one Laptop Duty Free) + unlimited used personal effects (excluding jewellery)

The free allowance shall not be pooled with the free allowance of any other passenger. A tourist is supposed to take back the items which have not been consumed during the stay in India when he/she returns.

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