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Indian Baggage Rules
As far as luggage rules in India are concerned, each and every article coming into or going out of India come under exchange management. Also, customs duties are imposed on them at the pre-determined rates. For getting a clearance from the custom official, a declaration is required to be made to them by the owner regarding the contents in his possession. This is done on a prescribed form.

The baggage rules in India vary according to the number of days a passenger is to stay in the country, the country he / she is traveling from and importantly the age of the passengers. Every traveler receives a duty free allowance by which they can bring various goods to the country without parting with any amount. However if the value of goods exceed the duty the allowance then a flat customs duty needs to be paid on the value exceeded. Personal and household items are treated as baggage only and can be brought along without any restrictions.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

Certain goods are prohibited and restricted for import/ export. Some of the goods are:

  • Any harmful drug i.e. coca leaf, cocaine, hemp, charas, opium, morphine, etc, along with their mixtures and derivatives.

  • Pets are allowed but in a limited number and one have to take permission of the airport authorities.

  • Jewellery or articles made of gold or silver are permitted but in a limit i.e. the total value should not exceed Rs.20, 000/- for females and Rs.10, 000/- for males.

  • Fire arms and any other form of weapon.

  • Tourists should declare their currency amount in the Currency Declaration Form if currency notes, bank notes or TC's (traveler's cheque) are in excess or equal of US $10,000.

  • Plants and their parts like soil seeds, dry fruits, fruits, vegetables, coffee beans, flowers, cotton and un-manufactured tobacco which may contain pests or diseases.

  • Any vulgar material which includes obscene magazines, books, pamphlets, paper, drawing, painting, representation, figure, article or objectionable literature or any other items not appealing to the Indian sensibilities.