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We all love to travel. And planning our travel is one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, because it allows us to imagine ourselves in these exotic locations and makes us feel giddy with anticipation. At Thomas Cook, we pride ourselves on sharing your anticipation and help you plan your travels effortlessly. And one of the services we provide is the procurement of foreign exchange for your travelling needs.

For travellers, getting hold of local currency is one of the first tasks to undertake if they want to have a smooth travelling experience. And it’s never easy to buy forex in a foreign country. Buying foreign exchange can sometimes be a significant hurdle in a foreign country, and it might just take the leisure out of your leisure trip. But we at Thomas Cook work tirelessly to ensure that doesn’t happen. In today’s online age, obtaining foreign currency has never been this easy and hassle-free. Thomas Cook allows you to purchase foreign currency quickly anywhere in the world. Going to exchange counters at airports, trusting forex touts and buying from unreliable sources is now a thing of the past. Thomas Cook Forex services let you buy forex at the best exchange rates from the comfort of your home for any currency of your choice.

To take an abroad trip or not solely depends on the currency exchange rates, doesn’t it? When it comes to foreign vacations, one of the most challenging tasks is finding the best forex rates. Overseas trips are indeed exciting and in today’s busy and hectic life, travel has become an easy way to de-stress and rejuvenate. Competitive money exchange rate and enhanced world connectivity have made finding new and interesting destinations across the globe a cakewalk. While traveling helps you unwind and de-stress, planning a trip in advance and finding the best deals on currency rates can enhance the thrill of your vacation. The world is constantly evolving and in today’s digital era, buying foreign currency has become simple as ever. With just a few taps, you can effortlessly convert INR into foreign currency at a competitive money exchange rate.

At Thomas Cook, we understand the importance of a good vacation and therefore strive to make the planning and preparation seamless and secure. Our range of services includes hotel booking, flight booking, sight-seeing and foreign exchange. Live currency exchange rates, facility to block currency rates, and easy home delivery option has made buying forex online one of the most sought-after methods of availing foreign currency. With Thomas Cook, you can purchase forex at competitive exchange rates online, from anywhere in the world. Another concern in availing foreign exchange is finding a reliable source. Thomas Cook offers forex at affordable currency rates, ensuring your faith in us. Instead of rushing to the exchange counters at the airport or finding dealers abroad, head to Thomas Cook to buy forex at the convenience of your home today and make your leisure trip a truly leisurely one. Reading travel blogs and tips, watching videos, and browsing through pictures of your travel destination takes you to that destination almost instantly. It is advisable to exchange money in advance as it can be expensive and troublesome to buy forex in a foreign country.

How to buy forex online?

Simply log on the Thomas Cook website, fill in the required details, choose your desired currency, and buy forex at the best exchange rate of the day.

No matter which currency you are looking for, we have got you covered! What’s more, you can even get the purchased forex delivered at your doorstep or pick it up yourself from your nearest Thomas Cook branch. You can also choose from a range of payment modes to buy foreign currency as per your convenience. By purchasing foreign exchange from Thomas Cook online, not only you save time, but also money. These small savings could go a long way in your overseas holiday. Some of the other benefits you can enjoy by partnering with Thomas Cook include 24-hour delivery service, advance blocking of currency, best online currency rates, and safety of your online transaction. To put it simply, we strive to enhance your traveling experience by providing world-class facilities across the world.

If you are planning an abroad trip, don’t forget to check out these tips before buying your foreign currency. Choose only Thomas Cook for the best forex rates online. Visit the Thomas Cook website and get your foreign exchange home delivered today! To buy forex online, just log on to the Thomas Cook website, fill in the required details and choose the best forex rates according to the day of exchange. What’s more, you can even buy forex online and get it delivered to your doorstep, or pick up your forex from one of our branches, however you see fit. Thomas Cook offers multiple modes of payment so that you can buy forex as per your convenience. With Thomas Cook’s online forex buying service, getting foreign exchange has become extremely easy, convenient and time-saving. To put it simply, it has restored the leisure in your leisure trip. Read our blogs to get basic tips before buying foreign exchange. Get your foreign exchange home delivered today!


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I buy forex for my holiday?
  • Can I buy forex online from Thomas Cook for my holiday?
    Yes, you can buy forex online from Thomas Cook. Log on to our website and click on ‘Buy Foreign Exchange’. Enter the currency details, your details and make the payment to buy forex. You can choose to pick up your forex at your nearest Thomas Cook branch or arrange to have it delivered to your doorstep at no extra charge. The other way you can buy forex online is through our mobile app which is available for Android and iOS smartphones.
  • What documents will I have to submit to buy forex for a holiday from Thomas Cook?
    You will need following documents to buy forex from Thomas Cook:
    • Valid Passport
    • Airline Ticket or Visa
    • Basic Travel Quota Form (BTQF)
    If you are a foreign national residing in India, you must also submit your Residence Permit in addition to all the documents listed above. If you’re travelling abroad for business, you will need to submit a LERMS letter printed on your company’s letterhead in addition to the three documents listed above.
  • Can I pay for the foreign currency with cash?
    You can buy foreign exchange worth up to Rs 50,000. If your foreign currency exceeds the equivalent of Rs 50,000, then you have following options to pay for your forex:
    • Crossed Cheque
    • Banker’s Cheque
    • Pay Order
    • Demand Draft
    • Debit Card
    • Credit Card
    • Net Banking
    Please note that you must provide your PAN card details for any cash payments above Rs 25,000. However, if you are going abroad on a business trip, you cannot use cash to buy forex. You must pay for your forex from your business account.
  • In what forms can I buy foreign exchange from Thomas Cook?
    When you buy foreign exchange from Thomas Cook, you can choose to receive your foreign currency in the following formats:
    • Multi-Currency Card
    • One-Currency Card
    • Travellers Cheques
    • Money Gram
    • Student Forex
    • Cash / Currency Notes (within prescribed limits)
  • Once I have placed my forex order with Thomas Cook, how can I be sure that my order is confirmed?
    Buying forex with Thomas Cook is as easy as it gets. To buy forex offline, simply visit a Thomas Cook branch nearest to you with valid documents. You can log on to our website to buy currency online and follow these simple steps:
    • Choose your desired currency and amount
    • Enter your details and choose your mode of delivery
    • Make online payment
    Whether you buy the forex online or at any of the Thomas Cook branches, you will be given a receipt of forex order completion at the blocked rate.
  • I am travelling abroad at the end of next month. Can I buy forex today?
    Yes, you can. You can buy foreign currency up to 60 days before your planned travel date. In case your travel plans get cancelled or postponed beyond the stipulated 60 days, you must surrender the forex to Thomas Cook.
  • My trip has been cancelled. How can I cancel my forex order placed with Thomas Cook?
    If your travel plans get cancelled, you will have to surrender your forex to Thomas Cook. You will receive your refund within 3-5 days at the rate at which you had bought the currency. You can choose to receive your refund via a crossed cheque or directly into your account via net banking within 3-5 days.
    1. Valid Passport
    2. Airline Ticket or Visa
    3. Basic Travel Quota Form (BTQF)
    4. Residence Permit in case of foreign nationals
    5. LERMS letter in case of business travel.

  • Can I purchase more forex if I’m travelling abroad for a business trip?
  • How is a business trip differentiated from a leisure trip?
    It is considered a business trip if you are travelling abroad for:
    • Attending an international conference
    • Seminar
    • Specialised training
    • Study tour
    • Apprentice training
    If you’re going abroad for medical treatment or a medical checkup, it is also treated as a business trip.
  • Are Travellers Cheques the best way to carry foreign currency during a trip abroad?
    Travellers cheques (TC) are one of the most convenient ways to carry foreign currency while travelling abroad. They are convenient and easy to use. Some establishments even accept travellers cheques as payment. They can be easily exchanged for cash. But, they have their limitations:
    • Not all establishments accept TCs as payment.
    • The places that encash TCs may not be open at all hours.
    Forex cards are a better option to travellers cheques as they are accepted at 35.2 million merchant establishments and can be used at 2.2 million MasterCard ATMs worldwide.
  • Are children and minors also entitled to foreign exchange when they travel abroad?
    Yes, children and minors are entitled to the same amount of foreign exchange when they are travelling abroad. But children below 14 years of age cannot carry a forex card or travellers cheques.
  • Is there a limit to the amount of cash you can carry as foreign exchange while travelling abroad?
    When you buy forex for a trip abroad, there’s a limit to the amount you can carry in cash.
    • If you’re travelling to any country other than Iraq, Libya, Iran, Russian Federation and other republic of Commonwealth of Independent States, you can carry forex up to $3,000 in cash.
    • If you’re travelling to Iraq or Libya, you can get forex up to $5,000 in cash.
    • If you’re travelling to Iran, Russian Federation and other republic of Commonwealth of Independent States, you can get the entire amount of your forex in cash.
  • Am I allowed to keep any unspent foreign currency upon returning from my trip?
    You can keep any unspent foreign exchange up to $2,000 in the form of cash, travellers cheques or forex cards for your future use. Any excess over this limit must be surrendered within 180 days of your return. You can exchange it for local currency at any of our local branches.
  • Can I maintain a foreign currency account in India?
    As a resident of India, you can maintain a foreign currency account in India under the following three Schemes:
    I.Exchange Earners Foreign Currency Account (EEFC)
    All categories of resident foreign exchange earners can credit up to 100 per cent of their foreign exchange earnings, as specified in the paragraph 1 (A) of the Schedule to Notification No. FEMA 10/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000 and as amended from time to time, to their EEFC Account with an Authorized Dealer in India. Funds held in EEFC account can be utilized for all permissible current account transactions and for approved capital account transactions as specified by the extant Rules / Regulations / Notifications / Directives issued by the Government / RBI from time to time. The account is maintained in the form of a non-interest-bearing current account.
    II. Resident Foreign Currency Account (RFC)
    A person resident in India may open, hold and maintain with an Authorized Dealer in India a Resident Foreign Currency (RFC) Account to keep their foreign currency assets which were held outside India at the time of return can be credited to such accounts. The foreign exchange received as
    (i) pension of any other superannuation or other monetary benefits from the employer outside India;
    (ii) received or acquired as gift or inheritance from a person referred to sub-section (4) of section 6 of FEMA, 1999 or
    (iii) referred to in clause (c) of section 9 of the Act or acquired as gift or inheritance there from or
    (iv) received as the proceeds of life insurance policy claims / maturity / surrender values settled in foreign currency from an insurance company in India permitted to undertake life insurance business by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority; may also be credited to this account.
    RFC account can be maintained in the form of current or savings or term deposit accounts. The funds in RFC account are free from all restrictions regarding utilization of foreign currency balances including any restriction on investment outside India.
    III. Resident Foreign Currency (Domestic) Account (RFCD)
    A resident Individual may open, hold and maintain with an Authorized Dealer in India, a Resident Foreign Currency (Domestic) Account, out of foreign exchange acquired in the form of currency notes, Bank notes and travellers cheques, from any of the sources like, payment for services rendered abroad, as honorarium, gift, services rendered or in settlement of any lawful obligation from any person not resident in India. The account may also be credited with / opened out of foreign exchange earned abroad like proceeds of export of goods and / or services, royalty, honorarium, etc., and / or gifts received from close relatives (as defined in the Companies Act) and repatriated to India through normal banking channels. The account shall be maintained in the form of Current Account and shall not bear any interest. There is no ceiling on the balances in the account. The account may be debited for payments made towards permissible current and capital account transactions.
  • Can I buy foreign exchange for my relatives or friends who are travelling abroad?
    You can buy foreign exchange for your relatives or friends. You need to submit the following documents to purchase foreign exchange at any of the Thomas Cook branches:
    • Valid Passport
    • Airline Ticket or Visa
    • Basic Travel Quota Form (BTQF)
    • Residence Permit in case of foreign nationals
    • LERMS letter in case of business travel.
    The forex will be issued in the name that appears in the travel documents. But, if the order is booked online, then it can only be handed over to the person whose name appears in the travel documents.
    If you have the forex issued in your name or from your account, the amount will be deducted from your yearly forex quota of $250,000.
  • Is it ok to buy foreign currency from the airports?
    You can buy foreign currency at the airport. But you will have to pay higher rates for buying your forex at the airport. Thomas Cook offers you the best exchange rates when it comes to buying forex. You can visit any of our nearest branches or simply buy forex online from our website.
  • For which purposes does RBI allow one to buy or remit foreign exchange?
    RBI allows you to buy foreign exchange when you’re travelling abroad for:
    • A holiday
    • Business trip
    • Education
    • Medical treatment / checkup
    • Employment
    • Emigration
    • Cultural tours
    In addition to these, RBI also allows you to remit foreign exchange overseas:
    • For maintenance of a close relative abroad
    • For purchase of real estate abroad
    • For investment in stocks or any other foreign investments
    • As a gift or donation
    • As a transfer to your own bank account abroad

  • What precautions should a student take while carrying foreign exchange abroad?
  • What are the most cost effective and secure options available to Indian student to pay tuition fees to universities/colleges abroad?
    Your university or college fees are one of the most important payments to be done for studying abroad. Security should be given the utmost priority while making the payment. Telegraphic transfer is one of the most secure ways of making a payment abroad to your education institute. But there are other ways of making this payment:
    • You can carry the tuition fees in a Foreign Exchange Demand Draft when you travel from India
    • You can pay your tuition fees through a prepaid card, if your institute accepts these cards
    • You can also pay your tuition fees through travellers cheques
  • Why is it important to buy foreign exchange from authorized dealers?
    Foreign currency is highly regulated in India. So, it is important to buy forex from authorized dealers like Thomas Cook for your own security.
    • Authorized dealers give you the proper receipts for your purchases which need to be produced at the immigration counters in India as well as the destination country
    • Authorized dealers can also provide you with endorsement of the foreign currency purchased on your passport
    • If you are purchasing foreign currency in cash, you will always get genuine currency notes from an authorized dealer
  • What are the advantages of carrying foreign currency through prepaid forex cards?
    It is much safer to carry your forex in a prepaid forex card than cash for various reasons.
    • If you lose your prepaid card, you can always get a new replacement with all your forex intact. If you lose your cash, it is lost forever
    • All transactions done with Thomas Cook prepaid cards are protected by a PIN.
    • It can be reloaded from anywhere in the world
    • You can use the prepaid card at around 35.2 million MasterCard merchants around the world without any transaction fee
    • It allows you to withdraw cash from 2.2 million MasterCard ATMs in foreign countries. You do not have to pay any surcharge if you withdraw cash from any of the 55,000 AllPoint ATMs across USA, Canada, Mexico, UK and Australia
    • You can also pay for international online purchases wherever a MasterCard is accepted
    • Thomas Cook’s prepaid forex cards come with an insurance of up to $10,000 against any fraudulent activities
    • You receive an email or an SMS alert for every transaction done on the card, which helps you keep track of all your transactions easily
  • Which prepaid forex card does Thomas Cook suggest for a student?
    You should get the Thomas Cook One Currency Card when you’re travelling abroad for studies. As a student you may not travel to multiple countries. The One Currency Card is loaded with the US Dollar which enables you to exchange it against any currency very easily. It also offers you the benefit of zero cross conversion rate along with other benefits:
    • All transactions done with a One Currency Card are protected by a PIN
    • It can be reloaded from anywhere in the world
    • You can use the One Currency Card at 35.2 million MasterCard merchants around the world without any transaction fee
    • It allows you to withdraw cash from 2.2 million MasterCard ATMs in foreign countries. You do not have to pay any surcharge if you withdraw cash from any of the 55,000 AllPoint ATMs across USA, Canada, Mexico, UK and Australia
    • You can pay for international online purchases where MasterCard is accepted
    • The One Currency Card comes with an insurance of up to $10,000 against any fraudulent activities
    • You receive an email or an SMS alert for every transaction done on the card, which helps you keep track of all your transactions easily
    If your course involves a lot of international travel, you can get the Thomas Cook Multi-Currency Card. You can load up to 9 currencies in a single card and get all the security and benefits you get with the One Currency Card.
  • Is it advisable to have medical insurance coverage before traveling abroad?
    Yes, Thomas Cook recommends that you get medical insurance coverage before travelling abroad. An overseas student insurance policy ensures that you are covered and have enough funds in case of any medical situation.
    • It is mandatory to have a health insurance policy in most countries, including but not limited to New Zealand. Canada, USA, Australia, Europe, etc.
    • Many universities issue a waiver on obtaining a domestic insurance policy if you have a comparable international insurance policy
    • In some cases, insurance policies issued in India are significantly cheaper than policies issued overseas. However, they offer the same benefits such as sports injuries, Mammography, Cancer Screening, Mental disorder, pregnancy related expenses, dental, evacuation, repartition and all other major medical expenses
  • Is buying additional insurance cover from India cost effective?
    A student insurance policy bought in India is significantly cheaper than an international insurance policy. Moreover, many universities issue a waiver on getting a domestic insurance policy if you have a comparable international insurance policy.
  • Is cashless treatment possible abroad for students who have insurance from India?
    Yes, students who buy a student insurance policy from India are eligible for cashless treatment through third-party approvers.
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