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Moving To India From The UK

Moving to India

If you’re moving to India Britannia will be able to help you through each step of the process . Whether you’re moving to Deli, Mumbai or Bangalore we have the local knowledge and expertise to meet your needs and requirements.


Importing Personal Effects to India

For returning citizens and non citizens, shipments of used household and personal effects are duty free providing they have been owned and used longer than 12 months. The exception to this is certain electronic goods, which are subject to duties of 15%, and foodstuffs in excess of a certain value. The shipper must have lived abroad for more than two years, and not visited India for more than 180 days in the previous two years. Non citizens must have a resident or business/work visa. The effects must be shipped within one month of the arrival of the owner, who must be in India for clearance of the effects as an original passport is needed for this. Your local Britannia Member will provide you with detailed customs regulations.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Sole use containers take an average of 12 – 14 weeks. Crated consignments may take longer, on average between 8 and 9 weeks.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Importing Motor Vehicles to India

Although right hand drive motor vehicles owned and used for more than a year, are allowed to be imported, the duty is extremely high. Used cars attract duty of 169% and Motor Cycles 152%. Shipment is not recommended.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to India with Britannia

Your Move to India With Britannia – Britannia has a dedicated network of removers who will assist you with moving to India. We provide computer tracking and bar coding for groupage consignments, to ensure a safe and reliable removal service. Your household goods can be transported to India in sea containers or by air. We can also provide packing and a full door to door service to India.

Additional removal services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to India. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to India, get a free removal quote, and read more about our international removals, and our additional moving services, like pet transport or money transfer.

Living in India

India is the seventh-largest country in the world by geographical size and the second most populated country with over 1.2 billion citizens. India is the tenth largest economy in the world and since 1991 the country’s economy has been one of the fastest growing. Four of the world’s major religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism all originated in India.

Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India. The national team were crowned the World Cup champions in 1983 and 2011. Hockey is also very popular in India. Chess was invented in the country and is still very popular in India today.

India is home to 28 world heritage sites including the Taj Mahal and the Ellora Caves. The country is full of rich cultural traditions meaning wherever you are in India there will always be something new and exciting to discover and explore.

Interesting facts about India

  • India is the largest democracy in the world
  • Chess was invented in India
  • Marigold flowers are used to decorate Hindu weddings and are a symbol of good fortune and happiness
  • India’s national fruit is the Mango
  • Despite India’s huge size the whole country operates under one time zone

Tips about moving to and living in India

  • Employment visas are granted to individuals that are working for an Indian company and need to travel to India to do business. Once a employment visa has been issued it can be extended for up to five years.
  • The cost of living in India is vastly lower than the cost of living in most Western countries. In the large metropolitan cities like Deli living costs are more expensive than in the smaller cities and towns. Roughly speaking a budget of $200 – $300 a month should cover food and living expenses in most places in India.
  • In cities like Mumbai, Deli and Bangalore there are plenty of international schools that offer the International Baccalaureate which is recognised by universities around the world. In the smaller cities and towns you can find private tutors who will be able to teach children and prepare them for the necessary exams.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

IST (UTC+5:30) - Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+5:30)

Currency: Indian rupee (INR)
Calling Code: 91


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