Non-resident Indians in 10 countries will be able to link their international phone numbers with UPI after April 30.
The NPCI has agreed to allow NRIs to use non-resident bank accounts with international numbers to transact on UPI. NRIs were earlier able to transact on UPI only through Indian mobile numbers.
Overseas Indians living in the U.S., U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, U.K., Canada, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Oman and Qatar will be able to use their phone numbers for UPI.
Around 1.66 crore overseas Indians, over 50% of the total number of NRIs and persons of Indian origin living abroad, stand to benefit from the move.
On multiple occasions, the NPCI has mentioned its intention to expand the reach of UPI across geographies.