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Foreign nationals and NRIs visiting India can make payments using Unified Payments Interface (UPI) while in India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has, vide circular no. RBI/2022- 23/176CO.DPSS.POLC.No.S–1907/02.14.006/2022-23 dated 10.02.2023, allowed access to Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to foreign nationals and NRIs visiting India by enabling them to make payments using UPI while they are in India. RBI has updated its Master Directions on Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) accordingly. This was stated by Union Minister for State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Kisanrao Karad in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that this facility has been extended to travellers from G-20 countries at select international airports (Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi) for their merchant payments. Further, a provision has also been made by RBI to provide UPI access to NRIs who have international mobile numbers linked to their NRE / NRO accounts. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has apprised that the said facility is allowed for 10 countries namely Singapore, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE and United Kingdom.

Giving more information, the Minister stated that the UPI acceptance in foreign countries started in 2022 only. Further, NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is devoted for internationalisation of UPI. RBI has been facilitating engagements for the expansion of UPI in countries which have potential for collaboration, the Minister stated.


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