To further expand the scope of Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which has become a ubiquitous payment instrument for retail electronic payments in India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to expand its use for inbound travellers to India.
“An enhancement has recently been made to provide UPI access to non-resident Indians who have international mobile numbers linked to their NRE / NRO accounts,” RBI said in additional measures announced on Wednesday.
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“It is now proposed to permit all inbound travellers to India also to access UPI for their merchant payments (P2M) while they are in the country. To start with, this facility will be extended to travellers from the G20 countries, arriving at select international airports,” RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.
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Going forward, this facility will be enabled across all other entry points in the country. Necessary operational instructions will be issued shortly, he said.
He also added that QR code-based coin vending machines will be installed on a pilot basis to ease the pressure on bank notes and for easy availability of coins to members of the general public.