Is it allowed to carry a gold hand chain or bangle (worn by a male as a jewellery) to The Netherlands from India, worth 90000 INR, which has been received as a gift from someone. Or does it needs to be declared at NL and/or India. If it needs to be declared then how much duty has to be paid.

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    Is the traveler a visitor or moving to the EU? If visitor, will they take the bangle back home with them at the end of their visit? – Patricia Shanahan Apr 2 at 11:14

Officially, anything you bring into the EU is subject to declaration and payment of import taxes (VAT, the rate of which depends on the country you arrive in) and duties (which depend on what it is, the country of origin, etc.).

There is a duty-free allowance, but the value of the item exceeds that allowance.

Personal items that you bought in the EU and already paid taxes on, or that you have had for a while are exempted, though the onus is on you to prove the circumstances, and none of those apply here.

So the real official answer is that you should go through the red channel on arrival, declare the item, and pay taxes and duties. It is recommended you have something (e.g. and invoice) that shows the value of the item, otherwise they will make their own estimate.

In practice, if you wear it, there’s probably little chance they will notice (though that can vary a lot based on your personal circumstances), but if for any reason they search your belongings and find the box or invoice you will not only need to pay the taxes and duties but possibly a penalty as well.

Note also that it is often quite easy to make the difference between a brand new gold bangle (which will be shiny and unscratched) from one that has actually been worn for a while. Some customs agents can be quite good at detecting those.

  • "There is a duty-free allowance, but the value of the item exceeds that allowance." Are you sure? 90k INR is like 1100 Euros. – ypercubeᵀᴹ Mar 3 at 18:48
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    The duty-free allowance is currently €430 per person – krubo Mar 3 at 20:11
  • And your cannot spread a single item over multiple persons’ allowances. – jcaron Mar 3 at 22:17

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