Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance And Duty (2022 Guide)

Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance And Duty

Travelling from a foreign country to India means you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty.

Some travellers like to bring alcoholic beverages like wines, brandy or fine alcoholic drinks like VAT69, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Johnny Walker, Heineken and Guinness.

No duty rates are applicable on these alcoholic drinks but there are certain quantity restrictions. Besides, you need to follow prescribed rules and regulations.

If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category.

This article explains the common rules and regulations of Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance and Duty required to be paid.

Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance

A passenger flying to India can enjoy duty free allowance on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages based on quantity.

  • The maximum limit on Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance is 2 litres.

If you have already used up your total duty free allowance (Rs 50,000) on other items, then you are entitled to pay applicable duty charges on alcoholic beverages.

Indian Airport Duty On Alcoholic Beverages

The duty charges and additional tax/cess on Alcoholic Beverages are divided into the following categories:

ItemDuty
All alcoholic beverages other than beer and inclusive of wineBasic Customs Duty @ 150%
BeerBasic Customs Duty @ 100% + Social Welfare Surcharge 10%

Here is the simple calculation of duty rates applicable on wine priced at Rs 2000:

  • Wine Price: Rs 2000
  • Basic Duty Rate @150%: Rs 3000
  • Total payable Duty: Rs 3000

Please note that this duty is calculated above the Indian Customs alcohol allowance.

Norms For Import of Alcohol / Cigarettes As Baggage

Following quantities of Alcoholic drinks and Tobacco products may be included for import within the duty free allowances admissible to various categories of incoming passengers:

  • Alcoholic liquor or Wine or beer up to 2 litres
  • 100 Cigarettes or 25 Cigars or 125 gms of Tobacco
Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic drinks and tobacco products imported in excess of free allowance are chargeable to Customs duty at the rates applicable to their commercial imports as per the Customs Tariff Act, 1975.

Customs Allowance And Duty on Cigarettes

Indian Customs allowance on cigarettes is 100 numbers or cigars up to 25 or Tobacco up to 125 grams.

The duty for cigarettes will be BCD @ 30% + social welfare surcharge @ 3%+ CVD+NCCD+IGST (as applicable).

Important Conditions For Importing Cigarettes

The imported goods shall have a proper pictorial warning on them as prescribed by Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling Rules, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

This article on Indian Customs Alcohol Allowance was last updated on 1st January 2022.

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References: Customs Travellers Guide


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  1. I am travelling with my wife and a child (full price ticket)

    Does that mean we will have a total of 6L allowance for alcohol allowance?

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