Foreigners permitted to carry up to Rs 10,000 beyond immigration desk

However, non-residents will not be allowed to carry any Indian rupee beyond Security Hold Area

September 17, 2013 11:09 IST | India Infoline News Service
In order to provide money changing facility to non-resident Indians to convert unspent rupees with them, the Reserve Bank of India said Foreign Exchange Counters can be established in the Duty Free Area/Security Hold Area beyond the Immigration/ Customs desk in international airports in India by entities authorised to deal in foreign exchange.

It has been decided to allow non-residents to carry Indian currency up to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 beyond immigration/customs desk to the duty free area/security hold area (SHA) in the departure hall in international airports in India for meeting miscellaneous expenditures, RBI said in a notification on Monday.

However, non-residents will not be allowed to carry any Indian rupee beyond SHA and that they should dispose of Indian currency before boarding the plane, RBI further said.

The Foreign Exchange Counters will however, only buy Indian Rupees from non-residents and sell foreign currency to them subject to usual terms. Putting up suitable display at these counters, reminding the passengers that the area is the last point for non-residents to possess Indian rupees will be the responsibility of the Airport Authorities, RBI added.

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