Pakistan amends baggage rules

Now $1,000 require declaration.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has amended baggage rules to make currency declaration of an amount $1,000 while taking out of the country to Afghanistan.

However, new slabs of currency declaration on the basis of age have also been announced.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued SRO 1864(I)/2022 dated October 10, 2022 to make changes in the Baggage Rules, 2006.

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As per the new changes to the baggage rules, the outbound passenger, for all countries except Afghanistan, without prejudice to his entitlement of taking out of Pakistan $1,000 up to the age of 5 years, $5,000 above 5 years, up to 18 years and $10,000 above the age of 18 years, while taking out of Pakistan foreign currency exceeding $5,000 or equivalent, or any other prohibited or restricted item, shall file a declaration before or on departure, electronically in the WeBOC or pass track or manually at the airport.

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The FBR said that the persons travelling to Afghanistan, while having entitlement of $1,000, shall file a declaration of currency in their possession.

The incoming passenger when in possession of foreign currency exceeding $10,000 or equivalent, or any other prohibited or restricted item, shall also file a declaration.

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The FBR said that the declaration is also must for passengers carrying: Prohibited or restricted goods such as arms & ammunitions, narcotics, psychotropic substances or satellite phones etc; and gold and precious metals, jewelry, precious or semi-precious stones.

The declaration of foreign currency in US $/ Bearer Negotiable Instrument or equivalent is mandatory for outbound passengers to all countries except Afghanistan, taking out amount exceeding $5,000 or equivalent;

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