Duty Free Liquor?

#1 Aug 8th, 2008, 00:37
Join Date:
Jul 2008
Location:
Back in Colorado, USA
Posts:
21
  • BlueTick is offline
#1
I'm flying from the US to Bangalore with a layover of 2 hours in London. Seconds after getting my itinerary and learning of my layover, three words entered my mind: duty free scotch.

I've been searching for info on how much alcohol I can bring in, without success. (I'm thinking a liter, not cases.) I found a page for Indian customs, but no mention of alcohol. It will be gone before the end of my 7 weeks in India, so no problems there. I'm on a business visa.

Does anyone know if there's a limit on quantity? Any other holes in this plan?
#2 Aug 8th, 2008, 00:42
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
styx
Posts:
18,983
  • capt_mahajan is offline
#2
Limit is a bottle (750 ml or so) of hard stuff plus a bottle of wine. But normally a couple of bottles of alcohol plus maybe a bottle of wine/liquor does not raise eyebrows.

1 Litre bottles are no problem
#3 Aug 8th, 2008, 01:18
Join Date:
Mar 2008
Location:
dakshin
Posts:
1,345
  • chAos is offline
#3
According to Frommers
Quote:
In addition to your personal effects, you are allowed 2 liters of alcohol, and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
This only counts if you're old enough to have alcohol legally already... so, no getting kids to haul for you. (yes, I checked. )
#4 Aug 8th, 2008, 01:27
Join Date:
Sep 2004
Location:
Hollywood/Bangalore/Kochi
Posts:
5,033
  • crvlvr is offline
#4
yes, as I understand it 2 liters is the official limit -- which translates to 2 bottles for enforcement reasons. Which means expect a customs hassle if you bring 3 half bottles and none if you bring 2, 1.75 liter (Costco size) bottles. Wine bottles count the same as hard liquor. I know from experience.

Alcohol is cheaper here in the US -- if you know where to purchase -- than "duty free" in London. as a matter of fact US Duty free is less expensive and almost anywhere else in the world, atleast for alcohol.

BTW, many of the standard scotch -- Johnnie Walker , Chivas -- are available in India and thus are not as novel. Go for something unique. Tequila, for some reason, appears to have become popular.
#5 Aug 8th, 2008, 02:54
Join Date:
Jul 2008
Location:
JAX, Fl
Posts:
32
  • daBrat is offline
#5
2 litres... actually you get less hassled if you get it from a duty free shop rather than some store in US. Also if you get it from US (outside of airport) you have to have it in check in bag.. no liquids allowed in carry on... and once you check in you never know Also from some of the other threads high end wine is what people are missing there... i guess....
#6 Aug 8th, 2008, 10:55
Join Date:
May 2007
Location:
New Delhi, India
Posts:
7,695
  • shashank.aggarwal is offline
#6
2 liters, in any form...divided in whatever number of bottles. But not more than 2 liters per head.
Food Enthusiasts of Delhi

Follow us on Facebook for latest Updates -> Eatlo

Travelogue - Around India
#7 Aug 8th, 2008, 11:44
Join Date:
Sep 2001
Location:
Land that shakes and bakes.
Posts:
12,536
  • edwardseco is offline
#7
I always take 3 bottles. The only time I was checked they asked why 2 bottles of Chevas Regal. I said they are for my Indian dissertation supervisor, one for us to drink together, and one for him to remember me when I am gone. The officer gave me a great big smile and said, Of course! Next time I hope to take a couple of extra bottles of wine for the Delhi wine club. Not worried about the baggage handlers (thieves) in the US. They are looking for cameras and good watches..
#8 Aug 8th, 2008, 11:56
Join Date:
Oct 2005
Location:
Brisbane
Posts:
611
  • obione980 is offline
#8
BlueTick be aware of the liquids restrictions in your carry on. No matter where you buy your alcohol it will NOT be allowed through any airport security in your carry on.

Solution #1 - buy it at home and pack it very well in your checked in baggage.

Solution #2 - buy it after clearing security at the last airport you transit (most major airports have duty free stores after security).

In my experience liquour prices in stores in the States are better than most duty free prices.
#9 Jul 28th, 2011, 16:46
Join Date:
Apr 2008
Location:
Bangalore
Posts:
4
  • 12kris is offline
#9

Whisky

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueTick View Post I'm flying from the US to Bangalore with a layover of 2 hours in London. Seconds after getting my itinerary and learning of my layover, three words entered my mind: duty free scotch.

I've been searching for info on how much alcohol I can bring in, without success. (I'm thinking a liter, not cases.) I found a page for Indian customs, but no mention of alcohol. It will be gone before the end of my 7 weeks in India, so no problems there. I'm on a business visa.

Does anyone know if there's a limit on quantity? Any other holes in this plan?
2 Litres of hard liquor is allowed by Indian customs, apart from wines. By the way, Indian duty free shops are quite competitive as far as price and quality goes!
#10 Nov 25th, 2011, 18:46
Join Date:
Mar 2009
Location:
Mumbai
Posts:
18
  • dark_horizon is offline
#10
Is the Rs 25000 import limit, inclusive of liquor?

I mean if I bought electronics worth Rs 25000 from a foreign country, and also buy 2 liters of liquor, then do I have to pay customs duty?
#11 Nov 26th, 2011, 15:16
Join Date:
May 2007
Location:
UK etc.
Posts:
2,081
  • a_f_d is offline
#11
Quote:
Originally Posted by 12kris View Post 2 Litres of hard liquor is allowed by Indian customs, apart from wines. By the way, Indian duty free shops are quite competitive as far as price and quality goes!
yea! - and then the airline won't let you on the plane with it!

AndyD 8-)#

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
mumbai duty free Feb 27th, 2011 09:15 17 21950 Mumbai (Bombay)
Duty Free Allowance into India Mar 23rd, 2006 20:33 4 14236 Domestic India Flights
Duty Free Purchases Jan 19th, 2006 10:54 6 1747 Domestic India Flights
Delhi Duty Free Dec 5th, 2005 16:43 12 4601 Domestic India Flights
Duty Free shopping Nov 24th, 2004 05:00 9 3295 Photography


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2014
Page Load Success