Govt calls for sensitising visitors to Nepal on currency rules

The government today asked the customs and airline authorities to ensure that travellers to Nepal were made aware of rules that prohibit carrying of Indian currency notes of above Rs 100 denomination to the Himalayan nation.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

New Delhi: The government today asked the
customs and airline authorities to ensure that travellers to
Nepal were made aware of rules that prohibit carrying of
Indian currency notes of above Rs 100 denomination to the
Himalayan nation.

A government circular issued by the revenue department
has asked airports and customs to display the warning that
import or export of Indian currency notes of denomination of
above Rs 100 from or to Nepal is prohibited and would attract
penal provisions.

Recently, in an embarrassment to India, Home Minister of
Nagaland Imkong Inchen was detained for a few hours by
Nepalese police for carrying Indian currency notes with
denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

The circular said that Indian travellers were continuing
to carry Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes out of
the ignorance of the laws.

"(They) are not only violating the RBI regulations issued
in this regard but also get entangled in legal proceedings for
possession of these notes in Nepal, like criminal prosecution
along with confiscation of such currency notes," it said.

Now the government wants the airports and customs
authorities to proactively sensitise people about the rules.

While India does not permit people to carry higher
denomination notes to Nepal as well as Bhutan, the Nepalese
government does not allow the use of Indian currency notes of
Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in that country.

The circular said that while the Rs 1,000 and Rs 500
Indian currency notes recovered from travellers are liable to
be seized, the persons carrying them can be fined or
imprisoned for upto three years in Nepal.

The department also said that the airlines should
sensitise the passengers by displaying such advisory at
check-in counters.

Late last month, Inchen, while on a private visit to the
country was found carrying Rs 900,000 in cash with him, with
most of the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination.

PTI