[UDATED : 2 March 2016, with new Baggage Rules 2016]
Passengers entering India will now have to declare Indian currency exceeding Rs 25,000 and LCD, LED or Plasma televisions being brought by them in the new customs declaration forms.
The new Customs Baggage Declaration (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 was notified by the Finance Ministry this week.
NOTE : Most of these amendments were proposed in the 2014 Union Budget by Arun Jaitley, but were not yet included in customs declaration forms.
Major changes to the allowances
- Passengers of Indian origin and foreigners of over 10 years of age residing in India and coming from any country other than Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar can bring goods worth Rs 50,000* along with them.
- The limit on Indian currency that passengers entering India can now carry without having to declare it has increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.
Changes to Customs Declaration Form
From 1 April 2016, Customs Declaration Form is not mandatory for travellers who do not have dutiable and prohibited goods*.
An additional field has also been inserted in the ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’, which needs to be mandatorily filled by all passengers entering India, to declare any flat panel (LCD, LED or Plasma) televisions being brought by them.
The form presently has fields for declaration of dutiable and prohibited goods, gold jewellery and bullion (over free allowance), satellite phone, drones* and foreign currency notes exceeding USD 5,000 or equivalent.
The passengers also need to mention about meat, meat products, fish, dairy and poultry products, seeds, plants, fruits, flowers, other planting material and aggregate value of foreign exchange including currency exceeding USD 10,000 or equivalent in the existing customs form.
Immigration Form only when going out, but needs to fill Customs Declaration Form when returning
As per the modified immigration and customs rules, an Indian citizen needs to fill up the Immigration Form only when he or she goes out of the country. They do not need to fill in immigration form while returning from abroad.
A passenger also requires to give details of the countries being visited by him or her in the past six days and mention the passport number on the customs form.
The forms already include fields for declaring gold, jewellery and bullion (over the allowed limit), satphones, foreign currency exceeding $10,000, and other dutiable and/or prohibited items.
* Updated on 2 March 2016