Customs Procedure for Departing Passengers

  • All the passengers leaving India are subject to clearance by Custom Authorities. Only bonafide baggage is allowed to be cleared by passengers. There is a procedure prescribed whereby the passengers leaving India can take the Export Certificate for various high value items such as camera, video camera, as well as jewellery, from the Customs authorities. Such an Export Certificate facilitates re-importation of such goods while bringing back the things to India as no duty is charged. The advantage of having the Export Certificate is that the concessions you are entitled to, when you return are not affected.
  • Export of Indian Currency is strictly prohibited. However Indian residents when they go abroad are allowed to take with them Indian currency notes not exceeding Rs.25,000/.
  • Tourists/NRIs while leaving India are allowed to take with them foreign currency not exceeding an amount brought in by them i.e. unspent foreign exchange left from the amount declared in CDF at the time of their arrival in India. Also, as no declaration is required to be made for bringing in foreign exchange / currency not exceeding equivalent of U.S. $ 5000, generally tourists can take out of India with them at the time of their departure foreign exchange/ currency not exceeding the above amount.
  • Indian residents going abroad are permitted to take with them foreign currency without any limit so long as the same has been purchased/issued by RBI approved / authorized foreign exchange dealer as per norms. For costly items which can be identifiable by Sl. No, Mark etc., the Customs Officer will issue an Export certificate at the time of passengers' departure. While returning back, the passenger may show the Export Certificate to the Customs Officer who will examine the goods and allow the passage of the imported items without paying any duty. However, this arrangement doesn't hold for Jewellery items, which has a separate procedure. For procedure related to export certificate and re-import of Jwellery kindly go through standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by IGI Airport, it is readily available in passenger facilitation section and download section of this website.

OTHER INFORMATION

  1. Export of most species of wildlife and articles made from wild flora and fauna, such as ivory, musk, reptile skins, furs,shahtoosh etc. is prohibited.
  2. Trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is prohibited.
  3. Exports of goods purchased against foreign exchange brought in by foreign passengers are allowed except for prohibited goods.
  4. Export of Indian Currency is strictly prohibited. However Indian residents when they go abroad are allowed to take with them Indian currency not exceeding Rs. 25,000/-.
  5. Tourists while leaving India are allowed to take with them foreign currency not exceeding an amount brought in by them at the time of their arrival in India. As no declaration is required to be made for bringing in foreign exchange/ currency not exceeding U.S. $ 5000 in currency notes or its equivalent or foreign exchange in form of currency notes, bank notes or travellers cheque not exceeding US$ 10,000 or its equivalent, generally tourists can take out of India with them at the time of their departure foreign exchange/currency not exceeding the above amount.
  6. Indian residents going abroad are permitted to take with them foreign currency without any limit so long as the same has been purchased from an authorized foreign exchange dealer.