What is a Repatriable Demat Account

Investing in the Indian financial markets requires you to open a Demat account. A Demat account acts as a repository that can electronically store all your financial securities. Investors must choose between the different types of Demat accounts before making any investments. NRIs have the option to select between repatriable and non-repatriable Demat accounts. A repatriable Demat account is a facility that helps NRIs to invest in the Indian financial markets and allows NRIs to transfer funds overseas. Individuals seeking to open repatriable Demat accounts must comply with the regulations laid out by Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Repatriable account holders must link their NRE (non-resident external) accounts with their Demat accounts. On the other hand, a non-repatriable Demat account prohibits NRIs from transferring funds abroad. Repatriable and non-repatriable investments require separate Demat accounts.

Regular Demat Account

Indian citizens willing to trade in the stock markets are offered regular Demat accounts. Investors eager to trade in shares must open a regular Demat account from any SEBI registered broker. As investors purchase shares, they get digitally stored in the Demat account. Maintaining such accounts helps investors make quick transactions and transfer shares to other institutions. However, investors seeking to trade in futures and options are not required to hold a regular Demat account since these come with a specific expiry date. The depositories manage the functioning of a regular Demat account. However, it is the responsibility of the depository participants, also known as the stockbrokers, to manage the facilities, such as account opening and maintenance.

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) launched a new Demat account known as Basic Services Demat Account (BSDA). The functionality of a BSDA is no different from a regular Demat account but comes with lower account maintenance charges. The BSDA was introduced for financial inclusion and to support investors seeking to invest in the financial markets.

Key Features of NRI Repatriable Demat Account

Here is a list of the critical features of NRI repatriable Demat accounts:

  • NRIs can use repatriable Demat accounts while seeking to invest in financial assets or IPOs on a repatriable basis.
  • NRI investors must link their NRE bank accounts with the NRI Repatriable Demat account.
  • The NRI repatriable Demat account helps investors transfer investment profits and income from selling securities, overseas.
  • The NRI repatriable Demat account allows for repatriation of up to USD 1 million during one calendar year.


Investors must hold Demat accounts to trade in the Indian stock markets. Various Demat accounts serve diverse investor requirements. Investors holding Indian citizenship can open a regular Demat account. In addition, NRIs can open repatriable or non-repatriable Demat accounts. NRIs seeking to trade in Indian securities can transfer funds overseas using NRI repatriable Demat account. NRIs also have the flexibility to transfer funds from their NRO to NRE accounts after paying applicable taxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Non-resident Indians have the flexibility to trade in the Indian financial markets too. For the Demat account type repatriable, NRIs can transfer funds abroad. Therefore, this account must be linked with the individual non-resident external (NRE) account.

An NRI repatriable account is like an ordinary Demat account that shows sub-status as "NRI repatriable".

NRI Demat accounts linked to NRO (non-resident ordinary) bank accounts constitute non-repatriable Demat accounts. NRI non repatriable meaning that investors cannot transfer funds abroad. On the contrary, repatriable Demat accounts enable NRIs to transfer funds abroad. The repatriable Demat accounts are linked with the NRI’s NRE (non-resident external) bank accounts.

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