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No more departure cards to be filled for Indians flying abroad

Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from next month. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card. New procedure to be effective from July 1 “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the Union home ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring hassle-free movement of Indians going abroad. At present, those going abroad need to fill in details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding in the departure card. “The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources,” the home ministry order said, citing reasons behind its move. Time-saving move for passengers…

Customs employee arrested for stealing passenger’s gold chain

A customs employee at Calicut International Airport was arrested on Friday on charges of stealing a three sovereign gold chain of a male passenger from Dubai, police said. Abdul Kareem, a customs employee in the rank of havildar, was arrested on a complaint by the passenger that the chain kept in a tray at the customs counter in the airport during a x-ray check of his baggage had been lost on May 19. The passenger, who had arrived by an Air India Express flight that day, suspected Kareem to have stolen the chain. Verification of CCTV footage at the airport showed Kareem taking the chain, police said, addin the chain had been recovered from him. He was arrested under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and produced before the Manjeri Judicial First Class Magistrate court, which remanded him to two weeks judicial custody. Published on 17 June 2017

Stamping of hand baggage to continue for those flying abroad

The hand baggage of passengers flying out of the country will continue to be stamped at all the seven airports where this practice will end today for domestic travellers, officials said on Friday. Stamping of passengers’ hand baggage at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from today. The other airports are: Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad. However, this would not be applicable to the passengers flying out of the country. Official sources said it was being done as the aviation and security regulators of foreign countries needed to be informed about it in advance and convinced. All the seven airports have international passenger traffic. In the meantime, arrangements have been made for smooth scanning of such luggage and CISF personnel, who provide security at these airports, have been briefed. CISF Director General O P Singh had said yesterday the procedure of stamping and…

Six Indian airports will no longer require security stamps on hand luggage tags

Passengers flying from six major airports in India will soon travel hassle-free as the mandatory practise of getting a security stamp on their hand baggage is being done away with by the CISF. According to a report by PTI, the pilot project to smoothen air travel will be started at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. “Starting December 15, we are beginning a pilot project at six major airports where passengers will not be required to get the security stamp on the tags on their hand baggages. They can get their other security checks done and board their flights. This is a passenger friendly measure that we have initiated,” CISF Director General O P Singh told reporters. A decision in this regard was taken on Thursday during a high-level meeting between the airport security brass of the security force and top executives of over a dozen major…

India to ease customs clearance for expatriates travelling with gold

Indian expatriates worldwide may soon be able to take more gold into their home country without paying customs duty, according to reports. India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is working on a new set of guidelines to ensure trouble-free customs clearances for those carrying jewellery for personal use. Various options such as paying duty through cards or online are being considered. Essentially, this would mean that based on valuation of jewellery, duty could be paid on entry and refunded when the person returns. This would ensure that even if such jewellery is brought in and not taken back, customs duty would have been paid. Non-resident Indians visiting India loaded with jewellery to attend a wedding or function and citizens going overseas carrying gold for similar occasions would also benefit from these new rules. Free allowance for gold Under Indian Customs rules, Non-Resident Indians must declare gold bullion and gold jewellery exceeding…

Nothing to declare? Flyers to India need not fill customs form from tomorrow

Passengers coming to India and not carrying dutiable goods will not have to fill up customs declaration form from tomorrow. Flyers carrying prohibited and dutiable goods will only be filling up such declaration form, which was earlier mandatory for all passengers coming to the country. The move is part of a new and simplified measure announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Budget for 2016-17. All passengers who come to India and have anything to declare or carrying dutiable or prohibited goods need to fill up the ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’, as per the new rules which will come into force from tomorrow. All necessary arrangements have been made to ensure that new customs rules are followed properly, said Sanjay Mangal, Commissioner of Customs at Indira Gandhi International Airport here today. “We have written to all airlines that they should provide Customs Declaration Form to passengers carrying dutiable…

No need to fill Customs Declaration Form, unless you carry dutiable goods

Passengers flying into India will not have to fill the baggage declaration form if they are not carrying dutiable or prohibited goods. The rule on filling baggage declaration forms is no more mandatory, which will save international passengers’ time and the cost of production. Earlier, every international passenger had to fill this form but now this new rule states that only passengers who “intend to declare” dutiable items/prohibited items need to fill the “little customs form” on arrival. Rest can just enter green channel and walk out. However, entering the green channel without declaring the dutiable items (if any) will stand for a fine. This change will be effective from 1 April 2016. Passengers, officials welcome decision Along with the passengers, Custom officials have also welcomed the decision. “We are happy that the mandatory baggage declaration form will soon be done away with. A passenger has to either fill the form in…

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NRI Alert : India announces Baggage Rules 2016; Raises free allowance to Rs 50,000

As declared in the Union Budget 2016-17, India government has substituted the existing Baggage Rules 1998 with Baggage Rules 2016 to simplify and rationalise multiple slabs of duty-free allowance for various categories of passengers. The new Baggage Rules 2016 was notified by the Finance Ministry yesterday. Here are the major changes : Major changes to baggage rules Please note that all these changes shall come into force only from 1st April 2016. Increase in baggage allowance Under the new rules, duty free baggage allowance carried by an international passenger, when coming to India, is increased from Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 (from 1 April 2016). This incremental allowance would result in customs duty saving of approximately Rs 1,800 for international passengers. No restrictions on age & minimum period of stay Restrictions on age and minimum period of stay abroad has been withdrawn. Free baggage allowances are same for all passengers irrespective of their age and period…

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 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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