Ministry of Home Affairs

CROSS BORDER REAL-TIME MONEY TRANSFERS

Posted On: 28 MAR 2023 5:12PM by PIB Delhi

  NIPL (NPCI International Payments Limited), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has undertaken various initiatives across nations to enable cross-border acceptance of BHIM UPI QR at merchant establishments. These partnerships facilitate Indian travelers to make payments using the BHIM UPI QR for all their retail purchases at international merchant establishments. Currently, BHIM UPI QR has gained acceptance in Singapore, UAE, Mauritius, Nepal and Bhutan.

   India and Singapore have launched cross-border linkage using their respective  Fast  Payment  Systems,  viz. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and PayNow. The UPI-PayNow linkage enables users of the two fast payment systems in either country to make convenient, safe, instant, and cost-effective cross-border funds transfers. Funds can be transferred to / from India using just the UPI-id, mobile number, or Virtual Payment Address (VPA). This interlinkage aligns with the G20’s financial inclusion priorities of driving faster, cheaper and more transparent cross-border payments and will be a significant milestone in the development of infrastructure for cross-border payments between India and Singapore.

   The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), vide Circular No. RBI/2022-23/176 CO.DPSS. POLC.No.S–1907/02.14.006/2022-23 dated 10.02.2023, has 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. The facility has been envisaged to help foreign nationals and NRIs to spend/ undertake transactions in a more convenient and easy way during their stay in India. As the settlement of the transactions happens in INR, there would be increase in acceptance among merchants.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

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