India travellers 'must declare cash, gold'
New Delhi, February 17, 2014
New Indian rules to be implemented from next month will require all passengers flying into the country to self-declare currency exceeding Rs10,000, gold jewellery and gold bullion in their possession, a report said.
Passengers will also be required to declare number of baggage, including hand-carried baggage, while entering into India, The Times of India report said.
The Customs Baggage Declaration (Amendment) Regulations of 2014 require an Indian citizen to fill up the immigration form only when he or she goes out of the country. Indian citizens returning from abroad are not required to fill up the form, it added.
The rules will kick in on March 1.
The new form will ask for details different from the immigration card currently in use, with new fields added to declare dutiable and prohibited goods.
The move is aimed to help airport authorities check customs duty fraud. More importantly, it will keep tabs of gold jewellery and bullion being brought into the country, say officials.