Customs Rules & Regulations in Indian Airports

Customs Rules & Regulations in Indian Airports

Customs & Duty on Goods to India:

International Air Travel is always a source of anxiety with the number of rules and regulations that we should keep in mind before undertaking the journey. Flying between countries needs a lot of planning, especially with the ever changing rules and the various restrictions that vary from country to country, and even between Airlines. Thus it is essential to plan well ahead of the journey and ensure that we travel keeping all these in mind. India tours and Travel are experts in the Travel Industry who can guide you right from the beginning till the end. Customs is a crucial part of Air Travel and thus we would like to give you a little guidance on how to make your travel smooth and worry-free.

Customs is responsible for implementation of policy concerning levy and collection of Customs duties, prevention of smuggling and such other unlawful activities. Customs check in India Airports vary but the Guide for travelers by the Customs & Central Excise Department provide valuable information for all incoming passengers.

The baggage clearance at the major International Airports in India consist of two channels for clearance.

Green channel: not having any dutiable goods to declare.
Red channel: having dutiable goods to declare.

“Dutiable goods” means any goods which are chargeable to duty and on which duty has not been paid;

Image of World Duty Free shop in London Heathrow Airport

Duty Free Shop at London – Heathrow

Usually customs requires you to complete a declaration about what items you are bringing into a country. For the average traveler this might involve declaring some food or alcohol, but not much else. But when goods, like gold, silver, electronics, certain food products or cash that might exceed the free allowance must be declared in the ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’. Obviously items purchased at Duty-free shops will not be levied tax. Thus it is wise to restrict carrying goods that can be otherwise bought at India and travel light taking what is absolutely necessary alone. While traveling a tourist, it is best to not carry too many expensive gadgets or jewelry, both for customs and safety reasons. International quality food items are also available in the Urban cities and with a little guidance & research you can find exactly what you need while you are in India.

You must fill out a customs declaration and if in doubt, declare it! Customs officials vary in their severity – in some cases they issue on-the-spot fines for failing to declare restricted items, so we always declare anything we’re not sure about. Get immigration help from various websites online but never hesitate to call the helpline to double check the rules followed at that point in time.

In some airports they X-ray all incoming bags before you are allowed to walk out of the terminal, in others you can pick your bag off a carousel and basically walk through without answering any questions or declaration at all. Just be honest, declare anything you have that you’re not sure about and you will always be fine. There are 19 international airports in the country — Srinagar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa, Bengaluru, Chennai, Calicut, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Port Blair.

In case you are unsure of the customs process in India, contact the experts at India Tours and Travel before your journey. In addition to ticketing, we offer a wide range of services such as Visa and Passport handling, Insurance, Transfers and Accommodation. We will be glad to guide your through your journey to India and ensure that you have a memorable trip.


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