Passengers flying into India will have to declare Indian currency exceeding Rs 10,000, according to new customs rules to be implemented from next month. Besides, they will be asked to declare number of baggage, including hand baggage, said the rules notified by the Finance Ministry.
The new rules under Customs Baggage Declaration (Amendment) Regulations, 2014, say an Indian citizen would need to fill the immigration form when he or she goes out of the country. There will be no immigration form for Indian citizens returning from abroad.
The regulations will be implemented from March 1, said a notification issued on February 10 by the Finance Ministry.
All passengers coming to India will be filling up a new ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’ seeking details that will be different from the detachable perforated strip which is a part of the immigration card.
The ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’ carries additional fields for declaration of dutiable and prohibited goods, which will help authorities in checking customs frauds and keep a record of gold jewellery and bullion being brought into the country, customs officials said. For the first time, travellers would specifically declare any prohibited articles, gold jewellery (over free allowance), gold bullion and Indian currency exceeding Rs 10,000 in the new form, they said.
A passenger will have to give details of countries visited in the past six days and mention passport number.
Passengers will have to give details of baggage, including hand baggage, being carried by them in a separate column.