Customs Circular No- 16/2011 dated 31.03.2011
Revision in the Customs part of Arrival Card for Passengers in Form 'D' -
Notification issued by Ministry of Home Affairs - Compliance - regarding.
The issues of increasing imports of satellite phones in passenger baggages
without obtaining authorization and import of foreign exchange in excess of
amount of US $10,000/- or equivalent without declaration to Customs have been
referred to MHA for redressal by making suitable modifications in the Customs
part of Arrival Card for Passengers so that all passengers are required to
declare these items at the time of arrival at international airport in India.
2. In response to concerns shown by Department of Revenue, the Ministry of Home
Affairs has issued a Notification No. GSR 113(E) dated 24.2.2011 (published in
Part II - Section 3 - Sub-section (i) of the Gazette of India Extraordinary)
which makes certain modifications in the Customs parts of Arrival Card for
Passengers. The Notification No.GSR 113(E) dated 24.2.2011 issued by Ministry of
Home Affairs is appended as Annexure to this Circular.
3. As per the Notification No. GSR 113(E) dated 24.2.2011, the following
declarations are required to be made by the passengers at the time of arrival at
the international airport in Para 7 of the Customs part of Arrival Card for
(a) Are you carrying any plants/seeds/fruits/flowers/vegetables/bulbs/other
planting materials? Yes/No
(b) Are you carrying any meat & meat products/dairy products/live or ornamental
fish/poultry/ poultry products? Yes/No
(c) Are you carrying any Satellite phone
(d) Are you carrying foreign currency notes in excess of US$5,000 or equivalent:
Yes / No
(e) Are you carrying foreign exchange (i.e. foreign currency notes, drafts,
Travellers' cheques, letters of credit, bills of exchange or any instruments
where under any amount is payable in Indian currency) in excess of US$10,000 or
4. Further Board has also approved modification in Part 'C' (Information
regarding Customs) to the 'Important Instructions' mentioned overleaf of the
Arrival Card for Passengers. The modified Customs instructions are also appended
at Annexure - A.
5. The Board desires that the Commissioners in charge of International airports
concerned should ensure that instructions contained in the said Notification are
complied with and correct forms are used by the arriving passengers.
6. Wide publicity should be given to the above changes made in Customs part of
Arrival Card for Passengers and suitable standing order be issued by concerned
Commissioner to guide officers and passengers.
7. Difficulty, if any, in implementation of aforementioned instructions may be
immediately brought to the notice of the Board.
( R. P. Singh )
Internal Circulation - As usual.
Annexure - A
C. INFORMATION REGARDING CUSTOMS
1. Indian Customs require you to declare goods mentioned at S.No.7 overleaf,
goods in excess of the free allowance, prohibited or restricted goods (including
Narcotic drugs, wildlife and its products, and arms and explosives), and
commercial goods at Red Channel counter. Attempt to import these goods and/or
non-declaration can lead to penal consequences, including arrest.
2. Free allowance for passengers of Indian origin and foreigners residing in
India of age of and above 10 years returning from the countries other than
Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China is normally Rs.25,000/- per passenger.
Alcoholic liquor or wines upto 2 liters and 200 cigarettes can be brought as
part of the free baggage allowance. Free allowance for passengers of Indian
origin or a foreigner residing in India of the age of and above 10 years
returning from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China is normally Rs.6,000/-. One
laptop computer is allowed duty free for an adult passenger of the age of 18
years or above.
1. Tourists of foreign origin can import duty free gift and souvenirs worth
2. Tourists can import used personal affects including laptop, palmtop computer
and reasonable jewellery free of duty, if these are re-exported at the time of
3. In case your baggage is mishandled/lost on arrival, please obtain endorsement
of the unavailed free allowance, if any, from the Customs Officer at Mis-handled
4. For updated information and in case of any difficulty or complaint, please
contact the Customs Officer (PRO).