Europe became the latest destination to accept payments using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and RuPay Cards. Here’s a round-up of all the places that have adopted UPI payments. By Karan Kaushik
According to the latest media reports, Europe’s payment solution company Worldline partnered with National Payments Corporation of India International (NPCI International) allowing travellers to have a hassle-free experience.
Destinations that accept payments using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and RuPay Cards
NIPL, which is the international leg of NPCI that facilitates all digital payments in India has partnered with Worldline, a European payment services facilitator, allowing Indian travellers to pay via UPI throughout Europe. This will increase the ease of access for travellers on the continent. It will also affect the footfall of Indian travellers giving it a boost.
The neighbouring country of Nepal was the first foreign country to adopt India’s UPI system. NPCI Internationa Payments Ltd (NIPL), the international arm of NPCI, partnered with Gateway Payments Service (GPS) and Manam Infotech to deploy UPI services in Nepal. One of the favourite travel destinations of Indians, Nepal is known for its age-old Hindu temples, Buddhist culture, and spectacular mountainscapes.
In 2021, NPCI Internationa Payments Ltd (NIPL) partnered with Singapore to accept UPI-based payments. If you are travelling to Singapore, you can download the BHIM UPI app on your phone and use the app to make payments at select merchants. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Reserve Bank of India are also making efforts to link Singapore’s PayNow and India’s Unified Payments Interface real-time payment systems.
NPCI Internationa Payments Ltd (NIPL) joined hands with NeoPay, a payments service subsidiary of United Arab Emirate-based Mashreq Bank, in April 2022. This has allowed Indians in the UAE to use UPI payments across payment terminals throughout UAE. UPI payments are only available at shops, retail establishments, and other merchants that have NEOPAY terminals.
As part of India’s neighbourhood first policy, the Indian government’s digital payment app BHIM UPI was launched in Bhutan in July 2021. NPCI Internationa Payments Ltd (NIPL) partnered with Bhutan’s central bank to launch a QR code-based solution. In fact, Bhutan was the first neighbouring country to use BHIM. The launch of UPI in Bhutan was seen as a major development in taking India’s fintech innovations to different countries.
France has become the latest country to adopt India’s UPI. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has said that Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and RuPay cards will now be accepted in France. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between NPCI international Payments Limited (NIPL) and Lyra Network, a France-based payment services provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: UPI is currently accepted in Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, UAE, and France.
Answer: Yes, UPI is accepted internationally in a few countries.
Answer: Yes, Paytm allows accepting International payments.
Answer: Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has been developed by The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).