We appreciate that there is conflicting advice out there regarding whether you can take Indian Rupees into the country as a non-resident.

While the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently says only Indian residents can take Rupees into the country, this is contradicted by: 

  • IATA - used by airlines, tour operators and governments worldwide as the definitive source of information regarding visas, health and customs - which says anyone except non-resident nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh can import INR25,000
  • RBI - the Indian Central Bank - which 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)

In addition, we have recently supplied Rupees to customers travelling to India and have not received any adverse feedback about their ability to take the currency into the country. Of course, we are unable to formally advise customers to take Rupees into India when the UK Government's official position is that you can't, but the information above should allow you to reach your own conclusion.

Please also note:

  • It is perfectly legal to exchange Indian Rupees in the UK. 
  • We are currently only able to supply the 500 and 2000 rupee notes.  
  • The INR25,000 limit is per person, so a couple could take INR50,000 under these guidelines.
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