Rules for carrying Alcohol from duty free - multiple airports

#1 Aug 3rd, 2014, 20:34
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Can I do this ?-
I want to buy as much alcohol as possible, for my friends, from duty free shops. Travelling from Dubai to India. I know there is a limit of 2 litres when travelling to India. But can I do this -

1) I buy 2 litres/bottles from Dubai duty free - departure.
2) In India while getting out of the airport I buy another 2 litres/bottles from Delhi duty free? Will they allow me? When do you shop at the Delhi duty free shop - after immigration check or before?
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You stop and shop after immigration and before customs at the baggage claim area. You are allowed two litres of spirits. If you walk through customs with more than that without declaring them then you may be stopped and have the bottles confiscated, or you may be fined, or both.
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Big Thank You for crisp answer. Will limit to 2 bottles : (
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On the other hand if you carry 3 and explain that two are for your guide (academic) and one is for the Delhi Wine club they seem to laugh and let live..
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I know couples which carry four each person (meaning 8 per couple). But they know the risks.

I always carry two to India and one to the UK, unless declaring. Most times if there is a great deal on bulk buy I buy the deal and declare it. Most times I am waved on. Sometimes I am asked to pay the duty. It still works out cheaper.
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I was going to start a separate thread on this as I am travelling to India next month but seeing that this one is not too old:

VishVa when you talk about the couple who bring 8 bottles "know the risks". What sort of fine is it, usually?

Also when you say you "declare it", what do you mean? And what is the duty to be paid per bottle of alcohol, does it depend on the MRP of the bottle?

This time my final port of call is Coimbatore (i.e. my baggage is checked in from London all the way to Coimbatore), and I can't imagine that there are even customs officials there (never seen one) given it is not an international airport.

PS I plan to check in all the bottles, not buy at duty free (as I am flying through Dubai).
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At any customs in the world when you carry dutiable goods above and beyond your allowance without declaring the same then at the discretion of the officers they have the power to confiscate the whole lot and impose a monetary fine on the passenger, you. Does it happen? Rarely. Is it a risk? Yes.

By "declaring" I mean going through the 'Red Channel' and declare what you have above the passenger allowances. The duty is calculated on the excise values per litre depending on what kind of booze/excisable stuff you are importing. Wine is different from spirits is different from tobacco is distinct from perfume.

I find buying at duty free upon landing in India (at Bombay/Delhi airports) the cheapest Duty Free in comparison with LHR or Dubai. If you are packing in the UK before your flight you will be packing UK duty paid stuff. Not cheap. I have driven through Coimbatore but never used the airport.

Cheers! (Hic!)
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You on holiday, do not break any law up front!!
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Thanks VishVa... the thing is I've found a booze shop in N London run by Greeks - and they stock Ouzo! That lovely fennel-based spirit which I never thought I would find outside of Greece. Not the kind of thing I am going to find in duty free in India (Or UK/Dubai for that matter)..

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Not quite on holiday SinghAlongSA, I am Indian and going back home for a short-ish visit, so I feel slightly more entitled than a UK holidaymaker to bend the law - its my own country after all ;D
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There was a time, at least in rumour if not in fact, when customs officers were said to give NRIs a much harder time than foreigners
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Alcohol for Wedding

Hi all,

I am wondering if someone can help! I am getting married in Udaipur in a month and we are trying to work out the best way to get alcohol. We initially thought of buying the alcohol here in the UK and giving our guests all a bottle to take with them in their suitcase but not sure if they will get stopped by customs when they land in either Delhi or Mumbai and if they will get any issues when flying from either city to Udaipur?

We don't want to purchase from the hotel as it will be too expensive so should be just buy locally from Udaipur? Is that possible?

Any help would be hugely appreciated!

Vim
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post At any customs in the world when you carry dutiable goods above and beyond your allowance without declaring the same then at the discretion of the officers they have the power to confiscate the whole lot and impose a monetary fine on the passenger, you. Does it happen? Rarely. Is it a risk? Yes.

By "declaring" I mean going through the 'Red Channel' and declare what you have above the passenger allowances. The duty is calculated on the excise values per litre depending on what kind of booze/excisable stuff you are importing. Wine is different from spirits is different from tobacco is distinct from perfume.

I find buying at duty free upon landing in India (at Bombay/Delhi airports) the cheapest Duty Free in comparison with LHR or Dubai. If you are packing in the UK before your flight you will be packing UK duty paid stuff. Not cheap. I have driven through Coimbatore but never used the airport.

Cheers! (Hic!)
Carried 4 bottles in check-in luggage (none in 'duty free' hand luggage). Happy to report that there were no problems.
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Bringing in 'non-declared' alcohol is always a risk. An unquantifiable risk. What happens is totally dependant on the customs officer(s). Will he/she stop you - will they ask you to open your bag(s) - if they find alcohol will they fine you, confiscate the alcohol - BOTH!!. Who knows.
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Last week, I declared two litres of Chivas and a three carton multi-pack of cigarettes at Heathrow (walking in through the red channel) coming in from Bombay. You are allowed one litre of spirits and one carton of ciggies. The chappie calculated 100 duty, then when I got the money out he said that he would escort me to the exit past the gauntlet of the other officers without paying duty as I had been honest.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Last week... at Heathrow... coming in from Bombay...
And I still say, It's winter, damnit! You should have been flying south!

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