Custom & Excise Rules
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There is a Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in India, which takes care of the custom & excise rules and regulations. A Government of India body, it is the final authority establishing the rules and regulations pertaining to the travelers’ custom and excise requirements.
As a traveler, you must know the rules and regulations keenly to avoid any confusions or problems hampering your traveling plan and enjoyment.
Especially if you an NRI or a PIO traveling from USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe, you are entitled to duty free allowance of Rs 25,000, which includes a laptop and personal belongings. However, it excludes jewelry. You must note that the free allowance cannot be combined with the free allowance of any other passenger. However, a tourist is supposed to take back those items which have not been consumed while staying in India.
NRIs and PIOs are entitled to bring any amount of foreign exchange to India. However, it is mandatory to declare the amount to the customs authorities on arrival. There is a special form, (Currency Declaration Form), which can be obtained from the authorities. Please note that filling this form is obligatory, but if your amount does not exceed US$ 10,000 or its equivalent and /or the aggregate value of foreign currency notes is US$ 5,000 or its equivalent.
If you wish to visit border districts, you must require getting the permit to visit these places. The reason may vary from political to security concerns, but you must fulfill the obligations before going to visit these places. The places are immensely beautiful and fascinating. All you need to do in connection with visiting these places is to obtain a license from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Permits are usually provided to groups and for a limited number of days.