25 March 2020
02 February 2018
Subject: Bringing “Thuraya” Satellite phones by foreigners into India
1.Attention is invited to the existing guidelines of Department of Telecommunication (DOT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India whereby use of the kind of satellite phone in India is permissible only after obtaining a license from the DOT. Presently, use of specific types INMARSAT terminal only permitted by the ODT, while use of Thuraya satellite phone in India without specific permission of DOT is illegal. Thus, unauthorized use of a satellite phones in India attracts penal provisions under Section 20 and 21 of the Telegraph Act, 1885 for violation of provisions of Section 4 of the Said Act.
2. It is therefore, decided that arriving passengers importing satellite telephones as baggage shall be required to declare the same to the Customs on arrival. Any such satellite phone declared to the Customs shall be allowed clearance subject to production of permission for use from DOT, Government of India. Satellite phones imported for use in India without a valid permission of DOT will be detained and appropriate action in accordance with law initiated.
08 September 2016
Prohibition on Carrying of Satellite Phones Into India by Foreigners
Foreigners who are visiting India are advised that as per the existing guidelines of Government of India, carrying of satellite phones by foreigners into India is BANNED.
Foreigners travelling to India are requested to adhere to the above guidelines strictly so as to avoid any inconvenience/legal action during their visit.
Lesotho nationals must apply for India Visa at the Embassy of India at Pretoria