India airport customs regulations, prohibited items & food in 2024

India airport customs regulations, prohibited items & food in 2024

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Get import & export customs regulations, restricted items and food restrictions before travelling to India. Items allowed to import is Used personal effects necessary for daily necessities. Prohibited items is Firearms. Some of restricted items are Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage.

Import Regulations

Free to import items into India


  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars; or
  • 250 grams tobacco.

Other items

  • Used personal effects necessary for daily necessities.
  • Other articles, if stay abroad was more than 3 days, to a value of ?6000 for passengers 10 years and over, and ?1500 for passengers under 10 years.
  • One laptop computer for passengers 18 years or older.

Prohibited items into India

  • Firearms.
  • Pornographic and obscene materials.
  • Maps and literature where Indian external boundaries have been shown incorrectly.
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
  • Counterfeit goods and goods violating legally enforceable intellectual property rights.
  • Chemicals mentioned in Schedule 1 to the Chemical Weapons Convention of U.N. 1993.
  • Wildlife and derivative products and endangered species of plants and animals whether live or dead.
  • Specified live birds and animals.
  • Wild animals, their parts and products.
  • Exotic birds, except a few specified species.
  • Beef and any beef products.
  • Specified sea shells.
  • Human skeletons.
  • Reptiles skin
  • Sex determination kits
  • Import of mobile handsets without IMEI number or with all zeros IMEI and CDMA mobile phones without electronic serial number (ESN)/Mobile equipment Identifier (MEID) or with all zeros as ESN/MEID.
  • Any other items as notified from time to time.

Restricted items into India

  • Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage.
  • Arms and ammunition.
  • Medicines and drugs
  • Vintage products, replicas of antiques or weapons
  • Whole human blood plasma and certain products derived from human blood.
  • Sandalwood, with the exception of handicraft products & oil.
  • Multichannel GSM/CDMA receivers, transmitters and transreceivers capable of receiving or transmitting or both in two or more frequencies simultaneously.
  • Export and import of Indian currency in excess of permissible limits.
  • Dogs and cats may be imported, subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visit Mumbai Airport CustomsImport of Pets by Passengers.

Export Regulations

Free to export items from India

No rules present

Prohibited items from India

  • All items on the prohibited to import list.

Restricted items from India

  • Passengers travelling to Bhutan and Nepal may carry any amount of Indian currency, however notes no bigger than ?100 may be taken out of the country.
  • Residents of India may take up to ?7500 of Indian currency out of India.

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