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NRIs can set up UPI on their international mobile numbers: NPCI

NRIs can set up UPI on their international mobile numbers NPCI
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Non-Resident Indians (NRI) will now be able to access the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on their international mobile numbers as well. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has issued new guidelines allowing NRIs in ten countries to access UPI services using their international mobile numbers for banks accounts which are classified as Non Resident External (NRE) or Non Resident Ordinary (NRO) accounts.

According to NPCI guidelines, NRIs of 10 (given below) countries will now have the option of activating a UPI account with the mobile number they use in the particular country with an international country code. Keep in mind that setting up a UPI ID for any app requires a valid India mobile phone number.

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NPCI has also said it will be begin enabling the transaction from mobile numbers having the country code of below mentioned countries along with current domestic country code. It plans to extend the UPI facility for other country codes in near future. The list of countries supported is:

  1. Singapore
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Oman
  6. Qatar
  7. USA
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. United Arab Emirates
  10. United Kingdom

According to NPCI’s order, member banks will need to ensure the UPI account is only allowed as “per the extant FEMA regulations and adherence to the guidelines/instructions issued by the concerned regulatory departments of Reserve Bank of India from time to time.” Further, all the “necessary Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/ Combating of Financing of Terrorism (CT) checks and compliance validation/account level validations as per the extent” need to be applicable to these bank accounts.

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