Restrictions On Export of Articles
Government of India is concerned about the conservation of its
endangered and rare fauna. Keeping this in mind, export of all
wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from
such listed animals like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns,
trophies, etc. have been totally banned. These include all forms
of wild animals including their parts and products, except peacock
feathers and handicrafts made from them and those made from
articles and shavings of Antler, Cheetals and Sambars which
are subject to conditions specified. Export of exotic birds
is also not allowed.
ban also includes wood sand wood products including logs, timber,
stumps, roots bark, chip, powder, flakes dust, pulp and charcoal.
However, sawn timber made exclusively out of imported logs teak/
timber are exempted subject to conditions. Also, export of sandalwood
in any form, excluding finished handicrafts and machine-finished
products is prohibited. Export of furs of domestic animals,
excluding lamb fur, hides and skins is prohibited.
are also advised to acquaint themselves with the provisions
of the Convention on International Trade of endangered species
of wild fauna or flora. All the member countries of the Convention
allow the import of articles covered by the convention on the
strength of a certificate of export from the country of origin.
Antiquities which include sculpture, painting or other works
of arts or crafts, illustrative of science, art, craft, religion
of bygone ages and of historical interest which have been in
existence for not less than one hundred years may not be exported
from India. Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical,
literary or aesthetic value in existence for not less than seventy
five years; art treasures not necessarily antiquities but of
artistic or aesthetic value, also can not be exported out of
allowed free of DUTY
All personal effects like clothing and other articles, which
you reasonably require. These include: Personal jewelry; one
camera with twelve plates or 5 rolls of film; one pair of binoculars;
one portable musical instrument; one radio; one camcor or cinematograph
camera with 2 reels of film; one portable CD player or phonograph
with 10 CDs or records; one portable sound recording apparatus;
one portable typewriter; one perambulator; one tent and other
camping equipment and sports equipment such as one fishing outfit,
one non-powered bicycle, one canoe or kayak less than 5.5 meters
long, one pair of skis, two tennis rackets.
not allowed free of DUTY
Motorcycle, scooter or moped
Cigarettes exceeding 20 packs, or cigars exceeding 50, or tobacco
exceeding 250 grams.
Alcoholic beverages exceeding 1 liter
If you are a foreign tourist visiting India for a stay of more
than 24 hours, you can import articles up to a value of Rs.750
for your use or for presentation as gifts. If you are a tourist
of Indian origin, you will be allowed to import articles for
Rs.12000 free of duty for giving away as gifts.
& Protected Areas
parts of the country need special permits before they can
Tourists can visit Nagaland
In order to promote tourism in the North-east region, the
Government of India has decided to allow foreign tourists
to visit Nagaland. Until recently the entire state of Nagaland
was a restricted area. However the Government of India has
decided to allow foreign tourists to visit the destricts of
Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchong and Wokha for a maximum period
of 10 days and in a group of 4 or more. this restriction of
group is not valid for married couples.
permits are issued by the Under Secretary, Ministry of Home
Affairs, Foreigners Division, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi 110 003 Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland, Kohima
Phone- +91 (370) 21607/ 22214/ 21945 Secretary, Tourism, Nagaland,
Kohima Tele-Fax- +91 (370) 33067
Pradesh and Mizoram.
These States/Union Territories have been designated as protected
areas and foreigners cannot enter these areas without special
permits. These permits are issued by the Under Secretary,
Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi 110 003 at least 4 weeks before the
date of the expected visit.
areas of Sikkim like Gangtok,
Rumtek, Phodang and Zongri
in West Sikkim and Pamayangtse have been
excluded form the inner line and declared as restricted areas.
Individual tourists are permitted to visit Gangtok, Rumtek
and Phodang. Tourists are permitted to visit Zongri and Pamayangtse.
The duration of stay has been raised from 7 to 15 days. Permits
can be issued by all Indian Missions abroad, all FRROs, Immigration
Officers at Airports at Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and New
Delhi. Manipur. Manipur has also been opened to foreign tourists;
permits can be issued by all Missions abroad, all FRROs, Home
Commissioner, Manipur, Imphal. The duration of stay has been
raised from 3 to 5 days.
are no longer required for Darjeeling, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura.
and Nicobar Islands Individual foreign tourists can
visit Port Blair Municipal Area, Havelock Island, Long Island,
Neil Island, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Rangat, where a night halt
is allowed and Jolly Buoy, South Cinque, Red Skin, Mount Harriet,
Madhuban where only day visits are allowed. Prior permit is
Islands. Only Bangaram and Subeli Islands are open
to foreign tourists. Permits are required, obtainable from
the Lakshadweep Administration, Wellington Island, Harbour
Road, Kochi -3.
Loktak Lake, Imphal, Moirang, Keibul Deer Sanctuary
and Waithe Lake.