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5.36 Indian Rupee (INR)​

We appreciate that there is conflicting advice out there regarding whether you can take Indian Rupees into the country as a non-resident.

While the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently says only Indian residents can take Rupees into the country, this is contradicted by:

IATA - used by airlines, tour operators and governments worldwide as the definitive source of information regarding visas, health and customs - which says anyone except non-resident nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh can import INR25,000:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/IN-India-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm#Currency

"Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (Indian Rupee-INR): up to max. INR 25,000.-.
a. not allowed for nationals of Bangladesh or Pakistan residing outside India;
b. if arriving from Bhutan or Nepal, only currency notes in denominations of max. INR 100,- are allowed.
Foreign currencies : unlimited. However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) in cash, or USD 10,000.- (or equivalent) in traveller's cheques must be declared.
Foreign currencies include currency notes, traveller's cheques, cheques, drafts etc. (Re)exchange only through banks and authorized money exchange points"

RBI - the Indian Central Bank - which also says that anyone except non-resident nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh can import INR25,000 per person (the only subsequent update to this regulation affects travellers from Bhutan or Nepal):

https://www.rbi.org.in/commonperson/English/Scripts/FAQs.aspx?Id=829#q4

"Q 4. How much Indian currency can be brought in while coming into India?"

"Ans. A resident of India, who has gone out of India on a temporary visit may bring into India at the time of his return from any place outside India (other than Nepal and Bhutan), currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs.25,000. A person may bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes, in denomination not exceeding Rs.100. Any person resident outside India, not being a citizen of Pakistan and Bangladesh and also not a traveller coming from and going to Pakistan and Bangladesh, and visiting India may bring into India currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs.25,000 while entering only through an airport."

In addition, we have recently supplied Rupees to customers travelling to India and have not received any adverse feedback about their ability to take the currency into the country. Of course, we are unable to formally advise customers to take Rupees into India when the UK Government's official position is that you can't, but the information above should allow you to reach your own conclusion.

Please also note:

It is perfectly legal to exchange Indian Rupees in the UK.

We are currently only able to supply the 500 rupee note.

The INR25,000 limit is per person, so a couple could take INR50,000 under these guidelines.

Updated on: 15/12/2023

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