Currency Regulations
Tourists are not allowed to bring Indian Currency into the country or take it out of the country. Unlimited amounts of foreign currency or travellers cheques are allowed into the country but any amount over US $1000.00 should be declared on arrival and a should be certificate obtained from the customs.
All money should be changed at official branches or at official money changers.The tourist receives the currency exchange form for every transactions. These forms are important as they may be required for re-exchange while leaving India, for certain official purchases, such as air line tickets, for Visa renewal and for obtaining Income tax clearance.Most branches of State Bank Of India and all major nationalized banks have special foreign exchange counters. Credit cards are also accepted through out country.
CUSTOMS FORMALITIES AND REGULATIONS
The usual duty free regulations of one bottle of whisky, i.e 590 ml or less and 200 cigarettes apply for India. If the Tourist brings in more than $1000 in cash or traveller's cheques, it must be declared by completion of a currency declaration form.
While small items like perfumes, cosmetics etc. are allowed into the country,larger items like video cameras are likely to be entered on a "Tourist Baggage Re-Export" form to ensure that the article is taken away on departure. The"Tourist Baggage Re-Export" form should be re-submitted on departure.
A tourist can clear goods upto Rs. 2400 in value 'duty free'. Goods brought in excess of this are chargeable to duty as per prevailing law.
INCOME TAX CLEARANCE
If a person is not a resident of India and intends to stay in the country for more than 120 days, an Income Tax clearance certificate is required in order to leave the country. This will prove that the person's stay in India was financed by his own money and not by working or selling his goods.
FOREIGN TRAVEL TAX
For international travel from Indian airports, Rs.150 must be paid for travel to neighbouring Countries and Rs.300 for travel to all other Countries. This travel taxes are also applicable to small infants who may not be occupying seats.
HEALTH REGULATIONS
Barring a yellow fever vaccination for tourists coming from infected areas (African and South American Countries ), there are no vaccination requirementsfor tourists visiting India.

 

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