Formalities and Export Rules when Departing from India

All passengers leaving India by air will have to go through Customs clearance. If you are exporting any high-value items such as jewelry that you would like to later import back into India, you should consider getting the export certificate from the Customs authorities so you are not charged customs duty on those items later.

  • Indian Currency:

  • Foreign Exchange / Currency:
    Tourists departing from India can take foreign exchange/currency with them not exceeding an amount they brought when they arrived in India, not exceeding the equivalent of US $10,000. The export of foreign currency is otherwise prohibited.

  • Gold Jewelry:
    There is no value limit on the export of gold jewelry as long as it is part of the bonafide baggage of the passenger. Consider getting an export certificate if you intend to reimport back into India later.

  • The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the Act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment. Foreigners are therefore advised to abstain from purchasing any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives and articles made from wild flora and fauna – especially ivory articles, musk, reptile skins, fur, and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.

  • Foreigners should not buy, sell, or use psychotropic drugs or any other narcotic substances (such as Heroin, Charas, Cocaine, etc.) while in India, as their purchase, sale, or possession is a cognizable offense punishable by imprisonment.

  • Export of goods purchased against foreign exchange brought in by foreign passengers, except for prohibited goods.

Export of prohibited and restricted goods usually leads to arrest.

Income Tax Clearance Certificate

If a person not domiciled in Indian intends to stay in India for more than 120 days, an Income Tax Clearance Certificate is required in order to leave India. This document will prove that the person’s stay in India was financed by his/her own money and not by working or selling his/her goods. These certificates are issued by the foreign section of the Income Tax Department at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai on showing the person’s passport, visa extension form, and the currency exchange receipts, which have been used by the person.

Other Formalities

Everyone holding a Registration Certificate has to obtain, before departure, exit endorsement from the Registration Officer of the district in which they were registered. All persons, except nationals of Bhutan & Nepal, leaving India by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.

Surrender Foreigner Registration Document

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