Some exchanges at Indian airports refuse Qatari Riyal. No such official order, embassy clarifies
22 Jun 2017 - 14:44
By The Peninsula Online
Doha: Some money exchanges in Indian airports were not accepting Qatari riyals and now Reserve Bank of India has clarified that there is no such official order.
Some readers alerted The Peninsula that some money exchanges at Goa and Bangalore airports in India refused to exchange Qatar Riyals and some of them have put out boards saying they will not accept Qatari Riyal due to the Gulf crisis.
When this was bought into the notice of the Indian Embassy in Qatar, they got in touch with relevant government officials in India and tweeted that "RBI has clarified that there are no such instructions. QRs can be changed at any Bank or FFMC in India.”
RBI has confirmed to us that there are no such instructions.— India in Qatar (@IndEmbDoha) June 21, 2017
One of our readers Krishna Vinod told The Peninsula that “In Bangalore airport Centrium exchange refused. They have even put a notice board saying due to disputes in Gulf we will not accept Qatar riyal. And many exchanges in the city also refused.”
From the embassy tweet it is clear that there is no official order and hopefully Indian government officials will take the necessary steps.
Indian Embassy further tweeted that they have requested for a clarification on this from new Delhi.
Now that the Holiday season has started, and many Indian expatriates will travel home for vacation, it is advisable to change currency in Qatar itself or carry Dollar till the confusion at money exchanges are resolved.