Customs allowances when flying back to India

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The following information on Customs allowances when flying back to India is based on the rules at the time this article was being published. We will try to keep this information as current as possible, the rules change quite often, so it’s best to check with the Indian Authorities also:


Indian passport holders can bring back their used personal items, except jewellery, free of duty. Beside the above, passengers who are 10 years of age and above can bring articles up to Rs. 35,000/- free of duty and this limit is Rs. 15,000/- for passengers under 10 years of age. These limits are smaller if your stay is only up to 3 days outside of India.

These following items will be levied duty, whether or not you are within the above limits.

  1. Fire arms.
  2. Cartridges of fire arms exceeding 50.
  3. Cigarettes exceeding 200 or cigars exceeding 50 or tobacco exceeding 250 gms.
  4. Alcoholic liquor or Wines in excess of two litres.
  5. Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments.


If you are above 18 years of age, you are allowed to bring One laptop computer (notebook computer) duty free.

Also, please note that the free allowance shall not be pooled with the free allowance of any other passenger for the clearance of any one item.

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