I am traveling to India from US soon and I will be carrying with me a work laptop and my personal laptop.
I will be bringing both the laptops back to the States with me.

What is the easiest way to explain to customs in India (and US if required) that I'm not importing these items and avoid paying the customs fee?

  • Bring some documentation proving you bought them in India in the first place? – Relaxed Dec 27 '15 at 18:39
  • I didn't buy them in India. One is a work laptop and the other I bought in US. I was hoping I wouldn't have to pay duty fee if I'm not going to leave them in India. – Ashwin Dec 27 '15 at 18:45
  • Not sure whether you can avoid paying duty but it seems you are really importing them, at least temporarily, so you cannot very much “explain” that you aren't. How long will you stay in India? – Relaxed Dec 27 '15 at 18:46
  • That makes sense. I will be there for three weeks. – Ashwin Dec 27 '15 at 18:56
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    Note that this question is a many times duplicate .... travel.stackexchange.com/questions/37041/… travel.stackexchange.com/questions/12975/… BUT .. there is some confusion, as people tend to ask the various permutations (I want to take laptops IN TO India, OUT OF India, THROUGH India, and so on.) I suggest you read through all the info here on this site, Ashwin! – Fattie Dec 27 '15 at 20:15