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
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.
Barring a yellow fever vaccination for tourists
coming from infected areas (African and South
American Countries ), there are no vaccination
requirementsfor tourists visiting India.