Immigration & Customs
Arrival There are two channels for Customs clearance.
a) Green Channel - Not having dutiable goods. b) Red Channel - Having dutiable goods. 1.Duty free allowance: Tourists other than from Nepal and Bhutan can bring in personal effects duty free, without any limits. Tourists of Foreign origin may bring in duty free gifts worth Indian Rs. 4000, whereas the tourists of Nepalese and Bhutanese origin cannot get any free allowance. 2.Gold and Silver : Only the passenger of Indian origin could import gold and silver in to India. Personal Effects are defined as clothing and other articles new or used which the tourist reasonably require, excluding merchandise for commercial purposes will be allowed free of duty. 3.Foreign Exchange / Currency : Declaration of Foreign exchange/Currency is required to be made before the Customs Officer in the following cases. a) Where the value of foreign currency not exceeds U.S.$ 5000/-or equivalent. b) Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange including 1 above exceeds U.S. $ 10,000 or its equivalent. 4.Narcotic Drugs : Possession of Narcotic Drugs is strictly prohibited, where the punishment can extend to even death sentence.

Departure Import of Fire Arms is prohibited : Taking out exotic birds, wild orchids and wildlife both flora and fauna is strictly prohibited. Similarly taking out antiques, ivory or animal skin or the articles made out of the above and gold coins are also strictly banned. Stay beyond 180 days in India require a Income tax clearance certificate, which can be obtained from the Income tax office.


The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a citizen of two countries at the same time. Each country has its own citizenship laws based on its own policy. Persons may have dual nationality by automatic operation of different laws rather than by choice.
For further details


Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)- CARD

WHO IS ELIGIBLE ? Any person : who at any time held an Indian Passport; or he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in an permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any country as may be specified by Central Government from time to time; or who is a spouse of a citizen of India or a Person of Indian Origin as mentioned above. The scheme is broad-based, covers up to four generations and also the foreign spouse of a citizen of India or a PIO.

Apllication form available at FRRO
office or Download from -


The Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division
Ist fr, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, Delhi - 110 003.
Ph : 91-11-24692576, Fax : 24621543, 24611430, Telex : 24621543

Rajaji Salai, Chennai - 600 001, Phone: 25221918

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