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.

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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.

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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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


  1. srinivasarao boyidapu on

    Hai sir iam b.srinivasaraogoing vacation leave from abu dhabi to india can i take go 4000 arab dhirams to india if required exchange in india otherwise i bring my self when iam come back to abu dhabi

  2. Hello Sir.. I am currently in Saudi Arabia and will be coming back to Mumbai, India next month. I have lived in Saudi for almost a year now.. I wanted to know if i can carry about 5 watches.. as i have purchased for my family members.. will it be covered under the duty free allowances… Thanks…

    • Hi Rehan, If the total cost of all dutiable goods (including the 5 watches) is less than Rs 50,000 there will be no additional duty.

  3. Jyothis Krishnan on

    sir, am going for vacation this june i have bought an Led tv of 40 inch having rate of 1000 riyals how much i hav eto pay tax for that

  4. If I send some thing by courier how do I claim my exemption. I have lived in Singapore for 3 years returning to Bangalore permanently . Value of item is Rs. 25000 and is not an item in Annexure 1 or 2. How will the customs know that I am returning resident. Will they call me to the airport and ask for proof before assessing me for duty.

  5. Hi i am travelling from Dubai to India.is it anything to duty has to pay for auto ignition gastove

  6. Sir I have planned for vacation to india within 3 days so i purchased goods including new 2 mobiles and 2 watches amount less than 40 k . Can i bring 2 mobile is duty free

  7. Hi, i am planning to travel to India on vacation from gulf, can I take a 9 years old used 40L microwave ?
    Any customs duty applicable on used MW ?

  8. Prahlad Meena on

    Hello Sir/Madam,

    Now I am in Suadi Arabia and I am planning to come in india in month of July 2017. I would like to bring my used Computer full set. Is it include in custom duty or free?

  9. Rahul Kesarkar on

    I am getting PS4 slim (900dhs) from Dubai my aunt is getting it for me is there any duty she must pay for it.
    If so how.much may she have to pay ?
    Will this apply to the game CDs and controllers as well ?

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