The Government is concerned about the protection of its endangered and rare fauna. Therefore export of all wild animals and products from such listed animals like furs, ivory, rhino horns, skins, pelts, trophies, etc. are banned. These include all forms of wild animals, except peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them and articles and shavings made of Cheetals, Antler and Sambars are subject to conditions specified. Export of exotic birds is also not allowed.
The restriction also applies on wood and wood products including logs, timber, stumps, flakes dust, roots bark, chip, powder, pulp and charcoal. However, sawn timber made out of imported logs teak/ timber is exempted from these bans but subject to conditions. Also, export of sandalwood in any form is prohibited except finished handicrafts and machine-finished products. Tourists are advised to acquaint themselves with provisions of the Convention on International Trade of endangered species of wild fauna or flora. All the member countries allow the import of articles covered by the convention only on the production of a certificate of export from the country of origin.
Export of Antiques
Antiquities including sculpture, painting or other works of arts or crafts, illustrative of art, science, craft, religion of the past and of historical interest in existence for not less than one hundred years can not be exported from India. Manuscripts and documents of scientific, historical, literary or aesthetic value are also banned if they have been in existence for more than seventy five years; art treasures of artistic or aesthetic value, also can not be exported out of India .
Articles Allowed Free of Duty
All personal effects like clothing and other articles, which you reasonably require including Personal jewelry; one pair of binoculars; one camera with twelve plates or 5 rolls of film; one portable musical instrument; one camcor or cinematograph camera with 2 reels of film;one radio; one portable sound recording apparatus; one portable CD player or phonograph with 10 CDs or records; one portable typewriter; one perambulator; one tent and other camping equipment and sports equipment such as one fishing outfit, one canoe or kayak less than 5.5 meters long, one non-powered bicycle, one pair of skis, two tennis rackets.
Articles Not Allowed Free of Duty
Motorcycle, scooter or moped; Firearm; Cigarettes exceeding 20 packs or cigars exceeding 50, or tobacco exceeding 250 grams; Alcoholic beverages exceeding 1 liter
Foreign tourist visiting India for more than 24 hours, can import articles up to a value of Rs.750 for your use or as gifts. For tourist of Indian origin, one is allowed to import articles for Rs.12000 free of duty as gifts.