Can we take Rupees with us to have on hand for our first day?

#1 Jan 13th, 2010, 22:56
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I have read thru several threads here but find conflicting info on this so...

My local bank can order me Rupees for me to pack and have on hand for the first day when we land next month(they have done this before for me with Eruos, pesos, Egyptian Pounds)...so we have the small notes for tips, and so we don't have to find an atm right off or go thru a money changers line after us having been traveling for over 36 hours straight and it being almost 6pm when we land...I'd hope not skip money issues that night and go on to the hotel.

I had read that I could take up to 5000 rupees in, I had read it was illegal to take any rupees in and I had read I could take as many as I want in.

Yes I know I CAN get rupees there at the airport, at atms etc. But I'd hoped to have a day or so's worth of spending money on hand so I could 'hit the ground running' so to speak.

Is that doable? How much is the limit? Or do I just have to find an atm or money changer upon landing before heading to our hotel?


Thanks for the info in advance!
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Legally, you cannot take any rupees in or out of India.

The Rs.5,000 is a concession available to residents, who may take that much in or out.
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He's absolutely right you know.

People do break this law, but you could just look at it this way - it's one less thing to think about before you leave.
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Going to an ATM in the airport is really not an issue. Although I always take some card currency (Euro, GBP or Dollars). Last time I landed at Kolkata there was a blackout so no ATMs =)
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Originally Posted by Golden Chapati View Post Going to an ATM in the airport is really not an issue. Although I always take some card currency (Euro, GBP or Dollars). Last time I landed at Kolkata there was a blackout so no ATMs =)
I take it you meant to say hard currency....

Taking some Rs into India should not cause you any problems, if you have them. Although what Nick and Haylo say is correct. No Indian currency should be taken in or out of India
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The pack used on my last trip was the kind with way too many pockets.

After getting home I found a thousand rupees that got stashed and forgotten. ..... Something for next time....

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That is an interesting law. Wonder why banks here in the US can sell ya rupees then?

Thanks for the info.

One follow up question then....

Am I going to be able to get small 'tip' money bills/coins from these atms or banks at the airport...cause I have read that the banks only want to give you large bills, and I've never seen an ATM in any country give ya anything except the largest bills...which is not going to be much use if I need to tip a taxi driver...or something. That is one of the reasons I was planning to get a bunch of small bills (and some larger amount ones) form my local bank in advance cause I can order whatever denominations I want there.

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Originally Posted by EmpressGinger View Post That is an interesting law. Wonder why banks here in the US can sell ya rupees then?
Well, for one thing, because an Indian resident, who's allowed to bring a small amount of Rs. in and out, and who's traveling in the U.S., might want them.
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Originally Posted by EmpressGinger View Post That is an interesting law. Wonder why banks here in the US can sell ya rupees then?

Thanks for the info.

One follow up question then....

Am I going to be able to get small 'tip' money bills/coins from these atms or banks at the airport...cause I have read that the banks only want to give you large bills, and I've never seen an ATM in any country give ya anything except the largest bills...which is not going to be much use if I need to tip a taxi driver...or something. That is one of the reasons I was planning to get a bunch of small bills (and some larger amount ones) form my local bank in advance cause I can order whatever denominations I want there.

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You will also get a poor exchange rate by getting Rs through a bank prior to your trip to India. However it is handy to have some smaller notes.
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Thumbs down Bad rates at home

A friend who arrived Sunday, changed a few pounds at Gatwick airport and got a rate of 60/- . It's 73/- here. He probably used Thomas Crook.. Change a few bucks when you arrive.

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It's just not an issue... taxi drivers will have change and don't expect a tip. The ATM will probably dispense some smaller notes along with the larger ones, but even if not, just buy a bottle of water or something at an airport shop to break a larger note.
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I bought a travel pack ($100AUD worth) of rupees from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. No problem buying them in Australia.

It is illegal to take rupees into India - but I doubt the authorities are after tourists bringing in small amounts to start a trip. Certainly we had no problem. The law is designed to prevent tax evasion, currency manipulation and money laundering I assume.

As it turned out, while it was nice to arrive ready to go - there was an ATM at the airport - and we really didn't need the pre-purchased cash.
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Originally Posted by EmpressGinger View Post That is an interesting law. Wonder why banks here in the US can sell ya rupees then?
Because they are not subject to the law of India.

Most of the rupee notes outside of India are probably there because of the cash that rotates between family members in and out of India. Even deals made in India can have a black-market part of the payment made in some other country. Maybe foreign currency; maybe rupees... the black market makes sure it all gets mixed up!

People do not have their wallets searched when entering or leaving the country --- but if something else arouses Custom's suspicion, and you do get searched, then the currency would, no doubt, be added to the list.

It is not an archaic law, but very much present-day. Currency smugglers are stopped, arrested and prosecuted --- although the amounts are a lot higher than what is being spoken of here. Do remember though, that in Indian terms, a few tens of thousands is a considerable sum!
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Remember also that tipping is a US custom, and not an Indian one. If you must tip, small amounts will suffice - multiples of 10 rupees. Your taxi driver/ porter/ room boy will always act indignant as if you have tipped an insulting amount, but this is all a performance for the stupid "rich" tourist.
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limit has changed

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Legally, you cannot take any rupees in or out of India.

The Rs.5,000 is a concession available to residents, who may take that much in or out.
just to update you this limit has been changed to 7500.

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