NEW DELHI: Indian expats who are carrying more than Rs 10,000 will have to declare it at the customs, according to new customs rules soon to be implemented.
They will also be asked to declare the number of baggage, including hand baggage, while entering India, said the new rules announced by the Indian Finance Ministry.
Indian citizens would need to fill out the immigration form when they go out of the country, but no immigration form for those returning from abroad.
The regulations will be implemented from March 1, said a notification issued on February 10 by the ministry, the Press Trust of India said.
All passengers coming to India will be filling out a new ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’ which will seek details that will be different from the detachable perforated strip which is a part of the immigration card at the moment.
The form carries additional fields for declaration of dutiable and prohibited goods, which will help authorities in checking customs duty frauds and keep a record of gold jewelry and bullion being brought into the country, customs officials told the Times Of India.
For the first time, travelers would be asked to specifically declare any prohibited articles, gold jewelry (over free allowance), gold bullion and Indian currency exceeding Rs 10,000 in the new form, they said.
A passenger will have to give details of countries visited in the past six days and mention the passport number on the new form, which was not there earlier.