cash carrying limit for foreign travel

By Published On: December 14, 20221.5 min readViews: 759

cash carrying limit for foreign travel

By Published On: December 14, 20221.5 min readViews: 759
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Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Tuesday imposed cash carrying limit of $5,000 for travelling abroad.

The FBR issued SRO 2201(I)/ 2022 dated December 12, 2022 to make part of law the amendment made to Baggage Rules, 2006. Previously, draft amendments to the rules were introduced through SRO 2043(I)/2022 on November 15, 2022.

According to the latest notification, any person travelling abroad (except to Afghanistan) is allowed to take out Pakistan US Dollars or equivalent thereof in other foreign currencies as per the limits give below:

For individuals 18 years and above, the maximum limit per person per visit in US$ (or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $5,000 and annual limit per person in US$ (or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $30,000.

For individuals below 18 years, the maximum limit per person per visit in US$ (or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $2,500 and annual limit per person in US$ (or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $15,000.

In case of passengers travelling to Afghanistan, the maximum limit per person per visit (US$ or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $1,000 and annual limit per person (US$ or equivalent in other foreign currencies) is $6,000.

The FBR said that the annual limits for outbound passengers for the respective countries mentioned above for a calendar year starting from the year 2023. However, for calendar year 2022, the existing annual limits in vogue before the issuance of this notification will continue to be effective till December 31, 2022.

The FBR further stated that any person taking foreign currency or any other prohibited or restricted item out of Pakistan shall file a declaration before or at the time of departure, electronically in the WeBOC or pass track or manual at the airport.

According to the amendments to Baggage Rules, 2006, the incoming passenger when in possession of foreign currency exceeding $10,000 or equivalent, or any other prohibited restricted items, shall also file a declaration.

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