Posted on February 28, 2020

The General Authority of Customs (GAC) has commenced implementation of customs declaration system that mandates travellers entering or leaving the country with coins, precious jewellery or negotiable financial instruments worth QR50,000 to declare items in their possession. With the system, travellers will have to fill out the ‘customs declaration form’ upon entering or leaving the country.

The General Authority of Customs said the form will be filled in the customs declaration offices at all air, sea or land travel outlets, stressing that the move comes to implement the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law No 20 of 2019 and Cabinet Resolution No 41 of 2019. The authority said the system mandates any natural or legal person who enters or leaves the state with possession of currencies or negotiable financial instruments, valuable minerals or precious stones worth QR50,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies to fill in a form of declaration and any other additional information required by the customs officer.

The authority stated that the currencies mentioned in the declaration include the Qatari or other foreign currencies, as well as negotiable financial instruments such as traveller’s cheques, signed promissory notes, payment orders of all kinds. The authority stressed that refraining from submitting the declaration or submitting false information or refusing to provide additional information to the customs authorities about the source of the currency, the negotiable financial instruments, precious metals or precious stones attracts penalties that may reach imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years or fines of not less than QR100,000 and not more than QR500,000, or twice the value of the transferred funds, whichever is greater in addition to seizing the funds.