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

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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 other passenger.

GoldGold / Silver

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 :

  • 20 grams subject to maximum value of Rs. 50,000/- in the case of male passenger*
  • 40 grams subject to maximum value of Rs. 100,000/- in the case of female passenger*

For the amount in excess of the allowance, 10% customs duty is being charged.

NOTE : Gold or silver any form, other than ornaments – such as coins, biscuits etc – are not entitled for allowances.

Click here for answers to all questions about gold import

Laptop Computers

One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned above, is also allowed duty free, if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above.


Flat-Screen-TVFlat Panel Television

Flat Panel (LCD/LED/Plasma) Television is NOT included under duty free allowance.

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All Flat Panel TVs are subject to customs duty, irrespective of their screen size (since 2013).

Customs Duty @ 35% + an education cess of 3% (effective rate is 36.05%).

Customs officials charge the duty based on the assessed value. Assessed value is determined by model, year of make, and condition of the TV. There is also an internal database with prices of popular models.

Click here for answers to all questions about LCD/LED TV import

Alcoholic Drinks /Cigarettes

Following quantities of Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products may be included for import within the duty free allowances admissible to various categories of incoming passengers :

  • Alcoholic liquors or Wines upto 2 litres
  • 100 Cigarettes OR 25 Cigars OR 125 gms of Tobacco

The rate of duty applicable on these products over and above the above mentioned free allowance is as under :

  • Cigarettes – BCD @100%+ educational cess @ 3%
  • Whisky – BCD @150% + ACD @ 4% + education cess NIL
  • Beer – BCD @100% + ACD NIL + education cess @ 3%

Foreign-CurrencyForeign Currency

Any person can bring into India from a place outside India foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases:

  1. Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5,000/- or equivalent
  2. Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent

Indian Currency

Import of Indian currency is prohibited. However in the case of passengers, who are resident of India and are returning from a visit abroad, Indian currency upto Rs. 25,000 is allowed.

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Click here for answers to all questions about carrying currency

Used household articles

  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 3-6 months can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 60,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 6-12 months can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 100,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 1-2 years can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 200,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for above 2 years can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 500,000 (subject to conditions).

Please note that these concessions are not allowed for articles in Annexure I & II, such as Color TV, Home Theatre System, Dish Washer, Refrigerator upto 300 litres, Deep Freezer, Video Camera etc.

Related : Customs Duty on LCD/LED TV Customs Duty on Gold

Published on: 20 August 2015, Last Updated on: 23 June 2017

462 Comments

  1. My inlaws are traveling to India after a stay of 5.5 months in USA. Can they carry 10 troy ounces of silver with them to India.

  2. Francis L.Cheruvathur on

    I AN AN INDIAN NATIONAL came to USA FOR A SHORT VISIT OF LESS THAN 8 WEEKS USA TO SEE MY SON. WHAT ARE CONCESSION I CAN AVAIL WHILE RETURNING TO INDIA

  3. 1) I use have buy one play station 4, for my personal use. which value is less than 5000
    so while i visit India back do i have to pay duty on ps4.

    2) is there any problem if i carry with the box, because i don’t want it to get damaged.

    I need you suggestion, it will be very helpful. Thanks.

    • Hi Himanshu, PS4 can be included under duty free allowance. You can carry with box if it is opened and for personal use.

  4. Microwave oven (Daewoo brand) value dhs. 379 /= duty applicable for mumbai airport? please reply at the earliest.

  5. I want to carry a chandelier 2 sets from Dubai to Mumbai worth AED 300.Is there any duty applicable for Mumbai Airport.Please reply awaiting quick response.

  6. hi ..I am working in Dubai since Dubai 2014 Sept, and returning India on 30th September 2016 ,as my

    contract is getting over , some people said that if traveling on CANCELLED VISA can carry up to 3 ltrs…

    in this case can I carry 3 bottles off liquor ?….2 bottles of 1 ltr each of whisky and 1 ltr of Wodka

    please reply ,

  7. I am working in kuwait,how many mobiles are allowed to carry as duty free and howmuch we hav to pay if it is taxable,can I take my used canon dslr cam with me

  8. Hi,
    According to new rules can I carry my used camcorder? For gold allowances the article says Indian passengers can carry in baggage 20gms and 40gms,does this also include thw oci card holders,and lastly the gold articles which an Indian woman normally wears is it free now or dutiable. I would be grateful for a reply, travelling shortly.Thanks

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