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India uses the Rupee (₹).
Monzo users pay the Mastercard exchange rate with no added fees.
Works fine overall! India are going trying to go digital fast and most restaurants/shops have card machines which you can use the card. Make sure you pay in Rupees. If you don’t you’ll pay fees and get a bad exchange rate.
All ATM’s use magnetic stripe so make sure you enable the mag stripe temporarily in your settings.
As a result of demonetisation many ATMs don’t have any cash in them. Take pounds to change as a backup and pay on Monzo where possible.
Some funded ATMs will not work, regardless of magstripe settings. Even within the same bank, some ATMs will work whilst others will not. It is worth trying all of the models. Error messages include: “dynamic exchange rate failed, use m/c exchange rate”, “card not recognized”, “issuer unavailable” and “unable to read card”.
State Bank of India (no fee)
City Union Bank (CUB)
Catholic Syrian Bank (“issuer unavailable”)
Payment and withdrawal limits
All Monzo cards have some payment and withdrawal limits. To check yours before you leave, go to your Profile section of the app and tap on Limits.
Most ATM’s have a maximum withdrawal of 2,000 rupees.
Crowdsourced merchant data
The Monzo merchant data is often incorrect (eg. the map shows the wrong location or the name of the place is not correct). Please submit improvements to this data so it can get better for future visitors.
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