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Nepal bans new Indian ₹500 and ₹2,000 notes

  • Nepal Rastra Bank has termed India's new currency notes of ₹500 and ₹2,000 as unauthorised and illegal
  • Notes will be legal in Nepal only when India issues a FEMA notification
Nepal bans new Indian Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes


These two currency notes were issued by the Reserve Bank of India recently after old ₹500 and ₹1,000 denomination notes were withdrawn.


Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has called the new currency notes "unauthorised and illegal".NRB spokesperson Narayan Poudel said these new currency notes are not yet legal in Nepal, according to


Poudel said these notes will be legal in Nepal only when India issues a FEMA notification as per the Foreign Exchange Management Act.


India is likely to issue a FEMA notification, allowing people in Nepal and India to possess certain amount of Indian currency.


Earlier, a ban was in effect in Nepal till last year against the use of ₹500 and ₹1,000 denominations notes. Authorities had lifted this ban after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal.


Nepal last year allowed people to carry Indian Rupees of higher denominations up to Indian ₹25,000.


The Reserve Bank of India had formed a task force to ease currency exchange facility in Nepal for non-Indians who possess the now-defunct notes of 500 and 1,000 denominations.

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