2021 Guide: Duty free allowances for Indian citizens travelling to India


Indian citizens who are staying / working abroad on a visa or foreign citizens of Indian origin are entitled to certain duty-free allowances while travelling to India.

However, duty free baggage allowance rules may vary based on the country of residence, duration of stay abroad and duration of stay in India and a few other factors.

Below are the items that are restricted in nature with their maximum allowable values :

Restricted Items and Duty Free Allowances

Personal Items

Used personal effects, travel souvenirs and articles other than those mentioned in Annexure I, up to the value of Rs. 50,000 if these are carried on the person or in the accompanied baggage of the passenger (with effect from 1st April 2016).

  • For infants, only used personal effects shall be allowed duty free.
  • The free allowance of a passenger under this rule shall not be allowed to be pooled with the free allowance of any other passenger.

GoldGold / Silver

An Indian passenger who has been residing abroad for over one year is allowed to bring jewellery, free of duty in his bonafide baggage up to an aggregate weight of :

  • Gold ornaments up to a maximum value of Rs. 50,000/- in the case of male passenger*
  • Gold ornaments up to a maximum value of Rs. 100,000/- in the case of female passenger*

For the amount in excess of the allowance, 10% customs duty is being charged.

NOTE : Gold or silver any form, other than ornaments – such as coins, biscuits etc – are not entitled for allowances.

Click here for answers to all questions about gold import

Laptop Computers

One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned above, is also allowed duty free, if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above.

Flat-Screen-TVFlat Panel Television

Flat Panel (LCD/LED/Plasma) Television is NOT included under duty free allowance.

All Flat Panel TVs are subject to customs duty, irrespective of their screen size (since 2013).

Customs Duty @ 35% + an education cess of 3% (effective rate is 36.05%).

Customs officials charge the duty based on the assessed value. Assessed value is determined by model, year of make, and condition of the TV. There is also an internal database with prices of popular models.

Click here for answers to all questions about LCD/LED TV import

Alcoholic Drinks /Cigarettes

Following quantities of Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products may be included for import within the duty free allowances admissible to various categories of incoming passengers :

  • Alcoholic liquors or Wines upto 2 litres
  • 100 Cigarettes OR 25 Cigars OR 125 gms of Tobacco

The rate of duty applicable on these products over and above the above mentioned free allowance is as under :

  • Cigarettes – BCD @100%+ educational cess @ 3%
  • Whisky – BCD @150% + ACD @ 4% + education cess NIL
  • Beer – BCD @100% + ACD NIL + education cess @ 3%

Foreign-CurrencyForeign Currency

Any person can bring into India from a place outside India foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency Declaration Form in the following cases:

  1. Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5,000/- or equivalent
  2. Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its equivalent

Indian Currency

Import of Indian currency is prohibited. However in the case of passengers, who are resident of India and are returning from a visit abroad, Indian currency upto Rs. 25,000 is allowed.

Click here for answers to all questions about carrying currency

Allowances for Transfer of Residence

Following are the entitlements of a passenger who is transferring residence to India:

  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 3-6 months can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 60,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 6-12 months can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 100,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for 1-2 years can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 200,000.
  • Passengers who have stayed abroad for above 2 years can bring used personal household items up to value of Rs 500,000 (subject to conditions).

Please note that these concessions are not allowed for articles in Annexure I & II, such as Color TV, Home Theatre System, Dish Washer, Refrigerator upto 300 litres, Deep Freezer, Video Camera etc.

Related : Customs Duty on LCD/LED TV Customs Duty on Gold

Published on: 20 August 2015, Last Updated on: 1 January 2021


  1. I am a NRI for last 14 years in a Gulf country planning to cancel RP and return to India within 3 months. While coming back i would like to carry a Home Theater, LED TV and other used items worth about 1.5 lakhs as accompanied baggage. May i get customs duty exemption for this. Please advise.

    • bhupendra singh tokas on

      if you are importing to India, you will have to pay customs duty @ 38.50% on the value assessed(or invoice value) by the customs

  2. iam planning to bring an oven which is 23 litre , do i need to pay tax on that as well . if so , how much do i need to pay

  3. Hello
    My friiend is coming from USA
    For me he carry Car Component speaker cost $508 + $8.5% tax = $551.18 indian rupees 39550 apx
    Amplifiier for car $193 in indian rupees 13900 apx.
    Total value 53500 indian rupee
    Do he have to pay custom duty.
    If yes…..then min what amt will be duty free

  4. Justin D'Abreo on

    I would like to carry motorcycle slip on exhaust pipes costing approximately Rs.50,000/- from Toronto, Canada to Mumbai. Will I be liable to pay custom duty in Mumbai on these?

  5. Richard l pinto on

    Is there any customs duty on sony home theatre sound system costing dh 800 & how much .model is sony HT-DAV-DZ 350 .

  6. Hi ,

    I would to bring Microwave oven 20L to india from malaysia which is used by me in malaysia.whether i need to do pay custom duty for that .

  7. Hi,
    Is there any duty to be paid on used microwave oven? I am returning after staying in the middle east for the past three years.

  8. Saudagar C Sahil on

    I want to take trade samples out of India for Trade f air and have to bring back the same
    for How much value and quantiy I can take with me in Personal Baggage?

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