Articles on: Orders

5.36 Indian Rupee (INR)​

According to the Indian authorities and the world's leading authority on customs regulations, you can take Indian Rupee into the country even if you are not an Indian resident - up to INR25,000 per person (see additional rules below). However, the UK Government's FCDO currently states that you cannot take Indian Rupee into the country if you are not an Indian resident. We have sold Indian Rupee to thousands of customers over the years, and continue to despatch hundreds of orders every month with not one single complaint that a customer has been prevented from taking the money into the country.

So while all the evidence suggests that most tourists can quite legally buy and take Indian Rupee with them when visiting India, if you are uncomfortable with ignoring FCDO advice then we strongly suggest you take Pounds Sterling with you and change in-country at an official RBI bureau de change. We will be unable to refund an order that you place with us simply because you later change your mind.

IATA advice



IATA is used by airlines, tour operators and governments worldwide as the definitive source of information regarding visas, health and customs. Their article on customs limits for Indian Rupee says anyone except non-resident nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh can import INR25,000:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/IN-India-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm#Currency

Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (Indian Rupee-INR): up to max. INR 25,000 -
a. not allowed for nationals of Bangladesh or Pakistan residing outside India;
b. if arriving from Bhutan or Nepal, only currency notes in denominations of max. INR 100,- are allowed.
Foreign currencies : unlimited. However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000.- (or equivalent) in cash, or USD 10,000.- (or equivalent) in traveller's cheques must be declared.
Foreign currencies include currency notes, traveller's cheques, cheques, drafts etc. (Re)exchange only through banks and authorized money exchange points


RBI advice



RBI is the Indian Central Bank and the country's authority on currency. It also says that anyone except non-resident nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh can import INR25,000 per person (the only subsequent update to this regulation affects travellers from Bhutan or Nepal):

https://www.rbi.org.in/commonperson/English/Scripts/FAQs.aspx?Id=829#q4

Q 4. How much Indian currency can be brought in while coming into India?
A resident of India, who has gone out of India on a temporary visit may bring into India at the time of his return from any place outside India (other than Nepal and Bhutan), currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs.25,000. A person may bring into India from Nepal or Bhutan, currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes, in denomination not exceeding Rs.100.
Any person resident outside India, not being a citizen of Pakistan and Bangladesh and also not a traveller coming from and going to Pakistan and Bangladesh, and visiting India may bring into India currency notes of Government of India and Reserve Bank of India notes up to an amount not exceeding Rs.25,000 while entering only through an airport.

FCDO advice



The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. It says that only Indian residents can take Indian Rupee into the country - everyone else should take Pounds Sterling and change the money in-country.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

Taking money into India
Visitors, including tourists, must not bring any amount of Indian currency into the country. If you’re resident in India, you can bring up to 25,000 rupees into the country.
If you’re visiting India, you can bring cash, travellers’ cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India.
You must declare any amount above 5,000 US dollars in notes, or 10,000 US dollars in notes and travellers’ cheques combined.

Additional information



It is perfectly legal to exchange Indian Rupees in the UK.

We are currently only able to supply the INR500 rupee note.

The INR25,000 limit is per person, so a couple could take INR50,000 under the IATA & RBI guidelines.

Updated on: 14/02/2024

Was this article helpful?

Share your feedback

Cancel

Thank you!