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Accounts opened by Foreign Nationals and Foreign Tourists in India

The following instructions are to be kept in mind when a foreign national or a foreign tourist opens a bank account in India.

Accounts opened by Foreign Nationals and Foreign Tourists in India
 

 

 Opening of bank accounts by foreign tourists during their short visit in India

Foreign tourists during their short visit to India can open a Non-Resident (Ordinary) Rupee (NRO) account (Current / Savings) with any Authorised Dealer bank dealing in foreign exchange. Such account can be opened up to a maximum period of 6 months.
 
Documents required for opening NRO accounts
 
Passports and other valid identification proofs are required for opening the accounts. Authorised Dealer banks are also required to follow the Know Your Customer norms while opening of the accounts.
 
Credits made to NRO accounts
 
Funds remitted from outside India through banking channel or those obtained by sale of foreign exchange brought by the tourists to India can be credited to the NRO account.
 
NRO account for making local payments
 
Tourists can freely make local payments through the NRO account. All payments to residents exceeding INR 50,000 can be made only by means of cheques / pay orders / demand drafts.
 
 Repatriation of the balance held in NRO account at the time of departure from India
 
Authorised Dealer banks have been allowed to convert the balance in the account for payment to the account holder at the time of departure from India into foreign currency, provided the account has been maintained for a period not exceeding six months and the account has not been credited with any local funds, other than interest accrued thereon.
 
Repatriation proceeds of an account that has been maintained for more than six months
 
In such cases, applications for repatriation of balance may be made on plain paper to the Foreign Exchange Department of the Regional Office concerned of the Reserve Bank through the Authorised Dealer bank maintaining the account.
 
Opening Resident accounts by Foreign nationals resident in India
 
Foreign nationals resident in India can open and maintain a resident Rupee account in India in terms of Notification No.5/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 viz., Foreign Exchange Management (Deposit) Regulations, 2000, as amended from time to time.
 
Remit Proceeds by AD Category-I banks on closure of accounts
 
AD Category-I banks should ensure that the funds to be repatriated outside India were either received from abroad or they are repatriable in nature or permissible in terms of RBI notification No. FEMA 13/2000 dated 3rd May 2000, as amended from time to time. The foreign nationals employed in India holding valid visas are eligible to maintain resident accounts with an Authorised Dealer Category - I (AD Category-I) bank in India. In order to facilitate such foreign nationals to collect their pending dues in India , AD Category-I banks may, permit foreign nationals to re-designate their resident account maintained in India as NRO account on leaving the country after their employment to enable them to receive their pending bonafide dues, subject to conditions.

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