New immigration, customs norms introduced for flyers

New immigration, customs norms introduced for flyers

A new customs form bearing additional fields for declaration of prohibited and dutiable goods for passengers flying into India has come into effect.

Passengers coming to India will have to declare Indian currency exceeding Rs 10,000 being carried by them in the new 'Indian Customs Declaration Form', which came into force from Saturday, different from the detachable perforated strip which was earlier part of the immigration card.

The new customs form has an additional field for declaration of baggage (including hand baggage).

Travellers would have to declare any prohibited articles, gold jewellery (over free allowance) and gold bullion.

Passengers will also have to give details of countries visited in the prior six days before arrival in India.

Besides, an Indian citizen would now need to fill up an immigration form only when he or she goes out of the country, officials said.

Old fields like declaration of satellite phone, foreign currency exceeding USD 5,000 or equivalent, aggregate value of foreign exchange, including currency exceeding USD 10,000 or equivalent, meat, meat products, dairy products, fish or poultry products and seeds, plants, fruits, flowers and other such material have been retained in the new customs form.

Passengers of Indian origin and foreigners of over 10 years of age residing in India and coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China are eligible for a duty-free allowance of Rs 6,000.

A duty-free allowance of Rs 35,000 can be availed by such passengers in case they are coming from any country other than the above four.

As per rules, a tourist of foreign origin gets a duty-free allowance of Rs 8,000.

An Indian traveller, who has been residing abroad for over a year, can get gold jewellery worth Rs 50,000 (for males) and Rs 1 lakh (for women) without paying import duty.

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