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Indian Customs Baggage Rules 2016 – Complete Text

Below is the complete text extracted from Notification No.30/2016 – Customs (N. T.) for reference purpose only. No modifications in the content have been made by NRICafe.com If you have difficulty in understanding technical terms, please follow these links which explain the same in simpler language : Major Changes in Indian Baggage Rules 2016 Duty Free Allowances for Indian Citizens Indian Customs Duty on LCD/LED TVs 2016 Indian Customs Duty on Gold 2016  Seeks to notify Baggage Rules, 2016 – 30/2016 – Dated 1-3-2016 [TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART-II, SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i)] GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE (DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE) Notification No.30/2016 – Customs (N. T.) New Delhi, the 1st March, 2016 G.S.R.           (E ).- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 79 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the Baggage Rules, 1998, except as respects…

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Guide : Indian Airport Customs Duty on Gold Import 2017

From gold jewellery gifted at weddings to investments in gold coins, there are several reasons why we Indians are obsessed with the yellow metal. A notable advantage of gold as an asset is that it is highly liquid and portable. It can be converted to cash when an emergency arises and is considered a friend in need. Indian expatriates in particular love to buy gold from abroad due to their lower prices and superior quality. However over the past few years, restrictive conditions and customs duty on gold import are discouraging many people from taking gold to India. Here are some of the frequently asked questions on gold import and their answers. Frequently Asked Questions 1. How much is the duty-free allowance on gold for Indian passengers? An Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over one year is allowed to bring jewellery, free of duty in his bonafide baggage upto an aggregate weight of…

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Guide : Indian Airport Customs Duty on LCD/LED Televisions 2017

Everything you need to know about Customs Duty on LCD / LED TV in Indian airports. Includes answers to frequently asked questions and regulations for 2017. One of the most repeated questions on our website is regarding customs duty on carrying LCD/LED televisions as baggage to India. The main issue with this subject is that there are conflicting reports on different websites. Some websites are outdated, while some are providing wrong info. Sadly, even the official website of Indian Customs doesn’t have easy-to-understand answers for these questions. In this article we are trying to answer most of the frequently asked questions, based on official resources, interviews with Customs Officers and recent experiences of our readers. Hope that would be helpful to all Indian expatriates. Frequently Asked Questions 1. I am carrying a 21 inch LCD TV to India. Do I have to pay duty ? Yes, you have to pay duty on all flat panel televisions (LCD, LED, Plasma etc).…

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The Complete Guide for NRIs Sending Money to India

According to Pew Research, India is the world’s #1 destination for receiving money, an achievement driven by millions of NRIs and their strong ties with their families. It may seem simple and straightforward to select a money transfer service, but there are many important factors you must consider before doing so. Here we answer some frequently asked questions to help simplify the process for you: How do I get the best deal? Keep an eye on exchange rates. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating, meaning that the rate could drop or soar in a short period of time. Pay attention to fees. Transfer fees may not be the only fees required to send money abroad. Look out for miscellaneous service charges or possible receiving fees. Compare multiple money transfer providers. Different providers have different exchange rates, fees, and transfer times. Don’t fall for offers. Many providers announce free gifts and lucky…

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Is your passport validity extended by hand ? It’s time to renew

If your passport was initially issued for short-term and later extended by handwritten endorsement (as shown in the image), it is time to renew them. Recently, India’s diplomatic missions worldwide had asked people with hand-written passports to apply for machine-readable passports. This was to meet International Civil Aviation Organisation’s deadline of November 24, 2015 to globally phase out all non-machine readable passports. The confusion over renewal date In the past, embassies used to extend short-term passports to full validity through handwritten endorsements instead of issuing new booklets. Even though these passports are machine readable, their renewed expiry dates were not printed and hence not readable by machines. One of our readers Mukesh Kumar Duggal, was in confusion over this as his passport was machine readable (as it had the <<< characters), but the printed date was expired (see image). To clarify the issue, Mukesh emailed to Indian Embassy in Qatar and the reply he received from Consular Services was this : Subject: Re: Fw:…

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Should you invest in NRE Fixed Deposits ?

With so many people leaving the country to work abroad or living in other countries for extended periods of time a common question lots of NRI’s are asking is how can they invest in fixed deposits in India? There is no doubt about the fact that fixed deposits have been a favourite choice for investment in India for a long time and these days, with lakhs of people living and earning outside the country it NRI deposits have become increasingly popular. What is an NRI Fixed Deposit? An NRI fixed deposit is a term deposit opened by a non- resident Indian in one of the Indian banks. Many banks in India offer customized fixed deposit schemes for NRI customers who wish to deposit rupee and foreign currency in Indian banks. NRI fixed deposits offer attractive rates of interest on your savings and help you grow your finance. Compared to normal…

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2017 Guide : Duty free allowances for Indian citizens travelling to India

Indian citizens who are staying / working abroad on a visa or foreign citizens of Indian origin are entitled to certain duty allowances while travelling to India. However, duty free baggage allowance rules may vary based on the country of residence, duration of stay abroad and duration of stay in India and a few other factors. Below are the items that are restricted in nature with their maximum allowable values : Restricted Items and Duty Free Allowances Personal Items Used personal effects, travel souvenirs and articles other than those mentioned in Annexure I, up to the value of Rs. 50,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger (with effect from 1st April 2016). For infants, only used personal effects shall be allowed duty free. The free allowance of a passenger under this rule shall not be allowed to be pooled with the free allowance of any…

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Guide : How to upgrade to Machine Readable Passport

Indians who hold handwritten passports and 20-year passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015, should get their passports re-issued and obtain machine readable passports (MRP), the Indian embassy had said in a statement issued in December 2014. This is in keeping with rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has decided to do away with non-machine readable (handwritten) passports globally. Countries under the ICAO will not issue visas to persons holding passports that are handwritten or valid for 20 years. Even passports valid beyond November 24, 2015, will not be accepted for visa. Technically, these passports, issued before 2001, will be worthless unless they are renewed. How to check if a passport is machine readable ? Machine readable passports have two lines of text as letters, numbers and chevrons (i.e. <<<) at the bottom of the personal information page, along with the bearer’s picture. See the image below : The…

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How to use ‘Madad’ – The new helpline portal for NRIs

Indian citizens living in GCC nations – Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – and Malaysia will now be able to file consular grievances online as the Indian government launched an e-portal to address such complaints promptly with a high degree of “accountability”. The portal ‘Madad’ (Help) was launched by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, who said the grievance monitoring facility would enhance ‘accessibility’ for people and fix greater ‘accountability and responsibility’ on officials. Among the chief characteristics of ‘Madad’ are to speed up forwarding and handling of complaints, improve tracking and redressal and escalate unresolved cases. How to use the Madad Portal 1. Open the link to Madad portal, which is available as part of Passport Seva Online (www.passportindia.gov.in) 2. First time users need to create an account by entering name, phone, email and a password. 3. Your account should be verified by clicking on a link sent…

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Read this before you buy a property in India

Contrary to popular belief, NRIs are not allowed to buy all types of properties as resident Indians can. There are Reserve Bank of India guidelines and Foreign Exchange regulations that restrict NRIs from buying certain types of properties. If you are an NRI, you cannot purchase any agricultural land, farm house or plantation property. You can have ownership of such property only if they’ve been inherited (received as an heir at the death of the previous holder). However you can own both residential as well as commercial properties in India and there is no restriction on the number of properties you can buy. The Reserve Bank of India website has detailed explantations on each type of property transaction. In order to simplify and make it easier to understand, here is a table we have compiled for NRIs: Check the property deed Eventhough your proposed property may look like a housing plot, check the property deeds carefully…