UAE Embassy warns Indian travellers to ditch rupees

sdahidDubai: The UAE embassy in India has cautioned residents travelling to India to carry US dollars or Euros as an alternative to using outdated Rupees notes.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation further reiterated the cautionary message on its official Twitter account.

The UAE Ambassador to New Delhi has advised travellers to India to carry credit cards, which can be used in hotels, restaurants and hospital, due to the current shortage of the rupee supply.

“If it is necessary to carry a cash amount, it has to be in US dollar or Euro. It is also necessary to make sure that the 500 and 1,000 notes are the ones that are now in circulation,” said Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna.

In a statement, the UAE Ambassador to New Delhi said the Indian law does not provide for bringing Indian currency from outside India. It does, however, allow travellers to bring in foreign currency worth up to $10,000 (Dh3,672).

“Citizens visiting or residing in India should ensure that a receipt is given when exchanging currency, following the Indian Government’s decision to withdraw the old Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes and update the [bank] notes,” he said.



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