26th September, 2005
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
SUB: Permission to Indian Nationals undertaking visit abroad to buy goods from duty free shops at International Airports at India in Indian Rupees- regarding‑
The undersigned is directed to inform that presently Indian nationals undertaking visits abroad are not allowed to buy goods from duty free shops in the International airports in India against Indian currency. On the basis of request from several quarters, Department of Economic Affairs in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has reviewed the policy in this regard. It has been decided to allow Indian Nationals undertaking visit abroad to buy from duty free shops at International Airports at India in Indian Rupees goods worth Rupees 5000/-(Five thousand only) per passenger per visit subject to following safeguard,-
(i) the duty free shops would sell goods to the Indian Nationals only against passport or other travel documents to ensure that one does not exceed this limit of Rs 5000I-( Five thousands only) by purchasing goods from different duty free shops at an international airport.
(ii) the duty free shop would maintain records of such sale against Indian currency which may be checked at random, in order to ensure that the facility is not abused or misused.
3. Wide publicity may please be given to the above decision by issuance of public notice.
4. Difficulty, if any faced in implementation of the same may be brought to the notice of the Board immediately.
Under Secretary to the Government of India,