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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for Qatar to India

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
Moneycorp Moneycorp INR 198,172.25 No Fee 19.8172 1-3 days more...
Smart Currency Exchange Smart Currency Exchange INR 199,041.06 24.48QAR 19.9041 1-3 days more...
WorldFirst WorldFirst INR 201,555.14 No Fee 20.1555 1-3 days more...
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The Qatari riyal (QAR) is fully convertible, and Qatar does not restrict overseas transfers of funds from capital gains, interest, dividends, royalties or management fees Read More
INDIA
There are few restrictions on transferring money to India, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has begun enforcing an existing Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) article that prohibits rupees from being taken out of India Read More
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Top 4 Money Transfer Providers

Latest prices for transferring money from Qatar to India
Exchange Rates as of 4 December 2020, 05:44

Moneycorp

Est. 1979

One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

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Amount Received
INR 198,172.25
QAR ﷼ 241.40
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Smart Currency Exchange

Est. 2004
Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
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Amount Received
INR 199,041.06
QAR ﷼ 284.29
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WorldFirst

Est. 2004

Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

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Amount Received
INR 201,555.14
QAR ﷼ 408.40
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RationalFX

Est. 2005
Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
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Amount Received
INR 199,138.74
QAR ﷼ 289.12
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How to Transfer Money from Qatar to India

What is in this guide

Qatar to India Guide

Summary

Qatar and India have a historically friendly relationship especially in the areas of trade and labor migration. Qatar is home to almost 500,000 Indian nationals today, which has been an added driving force for international money transfers. Both countries continue to make strategic moves in corporation in the areas of defence, trade and investment, security, law enforcement, civil aviation and human resources. The Qatari riyal (QAR, Qr) is a highly convertible currency and there are no restrictions to transfer money from Qatar to the Indian Rupee (INR) whether in the form of royalties, interest earned, salaries or any other fees.

Visas and Immigration

Qatari nationals require a visa in order to visit, study, work or do business in India. The process of applying is not difficult, and there are several different types of visas to choose from. A tourist visa allows the traveler to remain in India for as much as 30 days at a time. There is also an entry visa, tourist visa, employment visa, business visa and student visa on offer. Prices for each type of visa varies depending on the length of validity. Costs range from Qr 40 for a transit visa to Qr 475 for a transit visa valid for up to 5 years.


In order for Indian visas to be processed, applicants will typically need to supply a completed form VI, a passport with at least six months remaining validity, a copy of your Qatari residence ID and documents showing travel plans for the return trip. More details on the requirements for each type of visa and the category you fit into can be found on the website of the Embassy of India in Qatar.


Remittances

As the number of Indian nationals in Qatar grows closer to one million, so does the flow of money transfers between the two countries. India received a total of US$71bn in remittances in 2013, making it the single largest recipient of global remittance flows, according to the most recent data from the World Bank. As of February 2015, the Indian government had prohibited outgoing cash transfers that are denominated in rupees, in an effort to keep currency on the local market. However, India does place any restrictions on incoming capital transfers, and these flows are set to grow in the coming years. High numbers of Indian migrant workers in Qatar and other Gulf countries make this a critical region for the remittance sector. A large number of companies are present in the Gulf to transfer remittances to India, as this is such an important financial channel.

Banking and Money

A few Indian banks such as Canara Bank, Bank of India, State Bank of India and ICICI Bank have operations in Qatar, although they are not authorized to conduct retail banking services. They and other money transfer agencies are regulated to make it more efficient to transfer money from Qatar to India.


India’s financial sector includes a wide variety of private, public and international banks to choose from, if you plan to establish a local bank account. Although international banks such as Barclays and Citibank may be the first choice for expats to India, Indian banks offer strong competition with electronic services, numerous ATMs and dedicated banking managers to assist with transactions.

Taxation

A double taxation agreement in effect between Qatar and India ensures that each country’s citizens are only required to pay tax once on income made in either country.

Trade with India

Bilateral trade between India and Qatar has increased steadily in recent years, reaching US$3.7bn in 2009. In the same year, India’s exports to Qatar increased to US$900m, driving steady money transfer flows to India. Machinery, food products, minerals, textiles and transport equipment are among the major items exported to Qatar. On the other hand, India imported some US$2.8bn in goods from Qatar in 2008, primarily energy products, making it Qatar’s fourth-largest export market in Asia.


The two countries signed an agreement for India to buy 7.5m tonnes of liquid natural gas (LNG) from Qatar for a total of 25 years. Shipments started in 2004. Although not a major consumer of crude oil from Qatar, India is a major purchaser of ammonia, propylene, ethylene, polyethylene and urea from the country.

Investment in India

Many Indian companies have established branches in Qatar and are operating with major contracts with Qatari businesses. These include NIIT, Tech Mahindra, L&T, Voltas, Simplex, Wipro, Satyam Mahindra and HCL. Hassad Food of Qatar bought majority shares of the Indian rice supplier Bush Foods Overseas, with an investment of more than US$100m. The two countries have also embarked on US$100m joint venture to build a paraffin wax manufacturing plant in Qatar’s Mesaieed Industrial area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from Qatar to India. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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