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June 20, 2017

Update on importing your pets… from a reader

Just posted by S Menon

“Dear all friends

I am just telling my side,whatever Anne Waltham telling is the real truth.India govt is no longer accepting pet to India from any where in the world except under a few conditions:

1.Indian nationals who is relocating to India after 2 years of continues stay and also only getting an affidavit from Indian consulate

2.re import permit (Those people already took their pet when they left India to other country)

3. obtaining a licence from govt of India called DEFT licence or something like that and it is very very hard and expensive so far cost around $6000.00

Where as our dog is the luckiest dog in the world, we have been taking her every year from New York to India because she was in India   when this rule was imposed and they issued a certificate for her that her country of origin is India. “

June 19, 2017

Found a doc on rules of importing pets

The Govt Of India has published a document on the how to import an animal.  I found this document here at this link .

Animal and quarantine certification services


May 8, 2013

The NEW rule on Residency and bringing your pets

The NEW rule on Residency and bringing your pets

India has invented a new rule, its as clear as mud … as expected ! So far agents are telling people they need a ‘residency certificate’ . BUT no one is telling anyone how to get one, what it looks like or how you prove it.


Post in the comments if you have any actual information on this new rule to help others.


Circular No. 15 / 2013-Customs



F. No. 495/16/2012-Cus.VI

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise & Customs


                        Room No.253-A, North Block,

New Delhi, 8th  April, 2013.


All Chief Commissioners of Customs,

All Chief Commissioners of Customs (Preventive),

All Chief Commissioners of C.Ex. , Customs & S.Tax.

All Director Generals.


Subject:  Import of Pets under Baggage – reg.

1.          Attention is invited to Board’s Circular No. 94/2002- Customs dated 23.12.2002 on the above cited subject wherein it was provided that import of pets upto two numbers per passenger may be allowed at one time subject to the production of the required health certificate the tao of badass from the country of origin and examination of the same by the concerned Quarantine officer.

2.         Board has re-examined the present policy of import of two pets by passengers in view of representations received in this regard. Accordingly, it has been decided to allow import of two pet animals with the vacuum for pet hair baggage only to persons transferring their residence to India after two years of continuous stay abroad in terms of Baggage Rules 1998 subject to production of the required health certificate from the country of origin and examination of said pets by the concerned Quarantine Officer at this end. This new dispensation shall come into force with effect from 15th April 2013. Import of animals (pets) in general would continue to be governed by DGFT policy.

3.         Board’s Circular No. 94/2002 – Customs dated 23.12.2002 stands modified accordingly to that extent.

4.         These instructions may be brought to the notice of the trade/airlines/carriers by issuing suitable Trade / Public Notices.  Suitable Standing orders/instructions may be issued for the guidance of the field officers.

5.         Difficulties faced, if any, may be brought to the notice of the Board immediately.


I just found some more info on qualifying for residency transfer… ( http://mumbaicustoms3.gov.in/htmldocs/tr.htm )

Rules Regarding Transfer of Residence
What is Transfer of Residence ?
Transfer of Residence (TR) is a facility provided to a person (either an Indian or a foreign passport holder, whether a minor or not and even a student) who intends to transfer his/her residence to India after a stay abroad of at least two years. This facility allows the person and his/her family to import personal and household articles free of duty and certain other listed items on payment of a concessional rate of duty.
What are the conditions of eligibility for availing Transfer of Residence ?
i) Minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of the passenger’s arrival on transfer of residence. Shortfall of up to 2 months in stay abroad can be condoned by Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of – (i) terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger, or (ii) any other special circumstances.(ii) Total stay in India on short visits during the 2 preceding years should not exceed 6 months. Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of 6 months in deserving cases.(iii) Passenger or any member of his family have not availed this concession in the preceding three years.

(iv) The person claiming this benefit affirms by declaration that no other member of the family had availed, or would avail this benefit within the above time-period. The term “family” includes all persons in the same house and forming part of the same establishment.


Note : Earlier there was a clause of minimum stay in India of 1 year after taking TR. This has since been abolished