Certain goods are prohibited (banned) or restricted (subject to certain conditions) for import and/or export. These are goods of social, health, environment, wildlife and security concerns.
While it is not possible to list all the goods, more common of these are:
- Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances.
- Pornographic material.
- Counterfeit and pirated goods
- Goods infringing on any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights.
- Firearms and ammunition.
- Live birds and animals including pets.
- Plants and their produce e.g. fruits, seeds.
- Endangered species of plants and animals, whether live or dead.
- Any goods for commercial purpose: for profit, gain or commercial usage.
- Radio transmitters not approved for normal usage.
- Gold and Silver, other than ornaments (For import only).
Indian and foreign currency in excess of prescribed limits and Foreign currency in excess of US$ 5,000 in the form of currency notes or equivalent US$ 10,000 or equivalent in the form of currency notes, bank notes or travellers cheque is required to be declared on arrival. Foreign currency in excess of amount legally obtained or in the case of tourists in excess of the amount declared on arrival or in excess of the exempted limit of declaration at the time of departure.
Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs like Heroin, Charas, Cocaine or in Psychotropic substances is a serious offence and is punishable with imprisonment.
Export of most species of wild life and articles made from flora and fauna such as Ivory, Musk, Reptile skins, Furs, Shahtoosh etc. is prohibited.
For any clarifications passenger should approach the Regional Deputy Director (Wildlife Preservation) Govt. of India or the Chief Wildlife Wardens of State Governments posted at Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Export or Import in prohibited and restricted goods commonly leads to arrest