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Customs Helpdesk / Declaration Counter:
After immigration, passengers go through the Customs Declaration Counter as the final step before moving towards their boarding gates. No stamping or baggage check is normally done by customs, however in case of suspicion or as a random routine check, sometimes your baggage may be examined by customs.
Your walking through the customs is deemed to be a declaration by you that you do not possess any illegal goods or contraband. There are customs Facilitation counters just after the Immigration area. If in doubt regarding the permissibility of any goods that you intend to take with you or for answers to any query about any customs procedure, please contact the officer at the Customs Facilitation counter.
Important points to consider on departure from India
- If you are exporting any high valued item such as jewellery which you would want to import back into India, you should consider getting the export certificate from the customs authority, so you are not charged custom duty on these items later when you return.
- For export certificate, physical verification of the goods is mandatory.
- For obtaining export certificate in case of jewellery, passengers are required to approach precious cargo customs clearance centre( PCCC) at Bandra-Kurla complex , Bandra east, Mumbai well in advance before the day of departure. You may contact Deputy/ Assistant Commissioner (PCCC) at ph no. 02226754000.
- Indian residents can take along with them Indian currency notes not exceeding value of Rs. 25,000/-
- Carrying of currency notes of denominations of Rs.500/- and Rs.2000/- is prohibited to Nepal and Bhutan only Rs.100/- or smaller denominations is allowed.
- Indian residents going abroad can carry foreign exchange including foreign currency without any limits so long as the same has been issued by RBI/ authorized foreign exchange dealer. Foreign currency notes exceeding US $ 5000 or equivalent and foreign exchange including currency exceeding US $ 10,000 or equivalent needs to be declared at Customs Counter.
- Tourists/ NRIs while leaving India are allowed to take with them foreign currency not exceeding an amount brought in by them.
- For any further information, passengers are advised to download Indian Customs Traveller Guide from the playstore on your device. This application by The Central Board of Excise & Customs can be downloaded for all information related to Customs procedures and protocols.