After France, now Sri Lanka, Mauritius will also accept UPI. Credit: Canva
Unified Payments Interface (UPI) services have surely made our lives easier when it comes to travelling in India. Soon after France became the first European country to accept UPI payments, Sri Lanka and Mauritius have also joined the list of international countries that accept UPI.
Launched in 2016, UPI has become the backbone of India's digital payment ecosystem. It allows for instant, real-time peer-to-peer and business-to-consumer transactions using just a mobile phone number and a PIN. Its interoperability across different banks and apps has made it incredibly popular, processing billions of transactions every month.
And now you can utilise all the benefits of cashless payments even on the go, as India’s UPI payments will now work in Sri Lanka and Mauritius, which have joined France which had recently enabled the Indian digital payment system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined his Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the virtual launch event. RuPay cards were also introduced in Mauritius today.
How It Works
Before You Go:
Register your bank account: Ensure your bank account is linked to a UPI-enabled mobile app like PhonePe, Google Pay, or Paytm.
Activate international payments: Within your chosen app, activate "UPI International" for the specific bank account you want to use abroad. This involves entering your UPI PIN.
Making a Payment:
Look for the merchant's UPI QR code, displayed at their checkout counter or app.
Go to the app's home screen and access the "Scan QR code" functionality.
Scan the merchant's code and verify the transaction details, including amount and currency (shown in both local and Indian rupees).