Bringing Alcohol Into India

#1 Apr 23rd, 2009, 16:56
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One of the people I am travelling with would like to bring a bottle of something into India. Having never done this, I was wondering if there are ever any problems doing so? I know there are usually rules about bringing stuff in for personal consumption and I also know that even when there are rules problems can arise for people abiding by them.
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No problems at all. The duty free allowance is 2 litres per adult passenger - do with it what you will once you arrive.

Indians do drink alcohol themselves after all, although not always legally! :-))
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Yes & if you have a good excuse you can bring slightly more if the offcial is in a good mood..
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I was told at Bombay airport when i was taking a connecting flight to put it in my suitcase and not the carry on luggage as they would take it off me .
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If you are buying it from inside the Airport (i.e duty free shops during ur hault), I think you can take it into the plane...but if you are bringing it from home it has to be in luggage...!!!
If you are lucky you can get away with 2 litres in luggage and 2 from duty free...as I was last yr
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Security now applies to liquids in carryon luggage more or less..
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And coming out from India they take your lighters even if they are in the suitcase ! Does any other country do this ?
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That actually is a rule but I haven't heard of it being done here..
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They do it in Goa airport and i bet they turn up at Anjuna market . 4 lighters they took . No gas in any of them , i wanted to get them out of the bin where he threw them and break them but they are nasty guys in that airport "
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I think it's common not to allow lighters on planes anymore. My friend had to give up a very expensive pair of tweezers in Hong Kong.

I think the concern over the alcohol is not the lack of alcohol in India but the exhorbitant price that will be charged for drinks at the hotel where we are staying! Honestly, it's more than twice the price for a drink than for the accommodations at various guesthouses I have stayed at!
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In your hand luggage i expect lighters to get taken but not in my suitcase .
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Indeed patti123!

I had to sign a register confirming that an 'item' detected in my check-in bag was in fact a bottle of Scotch (as it was indeed!). The suitcase was then sent through as normal, and I checked in etc as normal.

Why??

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Personal experience has shown me that the amount of alcoholic beverages one can take into India and out of the airport is limited by one's ability to carry it. My personal record is 7.5 litres.
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duty free alcohol to Delhi from United States

Ok i leave for delhi on sunday from the states and i was wondering if its ok to pack 2 liters of whiskey or even a variety of the tiny travel sizes of liquor into checked luggage?(wanting to buy from liquor store here in states) And are you still able to go thru green channel with these bottles? Or is it best to buy from duty free shop at united states airport? I am flying from portland to amsterdam and final destination is Delhi. Some of these duty and duty free items are so confusing and i have never traveled with alcohol, but wanted to bring a bottle or two as a gift. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I just want to do everything legally and didnt want it to be a waste of time...thanks!
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They took all our lighters out of our checked luggage in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai airports but not in the US ---go figure.

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