The Commerce Ministry has proposed to restrict and reduce the amount of tax-free alcohol and cigarettes passengers can buy at duty-free shops while returning from an overseas trip.

India Today

According to reports, they are planning to allow one person to buy one bottle of alcohol down from the current limit of 2 bottles.

The ministry has also recommended that purchase of cigarette cartons at duty-free shops should also be banned.


There has been a proposal to cut the maximum value of goods and gifts that an individual can get into the country without paying taxes. Presently, the limit of such goods is pegged at ₹50,000.

All these measures are a part of the government’s plan to reduce import the non-essential goods in the country and control trade deficit.


The proposal has been criticised by flyers who used to shop for their favourite brands of alcohol at the duty-free shops.

The final decision on these recommendations is yet to be taken by the Finance Ministry.