How to close your Payoneer account in India

Aman Saxena

Indian businesses can opt for Payoneer to specifically receive payments from abroad. But it can be easy to find Payoneer expensive to use with its exchange rate fees and transaction fees.

If you are currently a Payoneer user but are looking to close your account- here’s a quick guide, and some alternatives you could check out for your business.

Prepare your Payoneer account for closing

If you are going to close your Payoneer account, the most important first step is to use or withdraw all funds you currently have from it. You will not be able to access or withdraw them after the account is closed.

⚠️ Funds in your Payoneer account will be lost if you don't remove or use up before closing

Another thing to note is that Payoneer does not charge any fees to keep your account open if there are no funds.

So if you did want to keep it open but at a 0 balance just in case you may need it again in the future, Payoneer will not charge you for it.

Lastly, once your account is closed, you will not be able to reconnect any previous or existing funding sources to a new Payoneer account. And, you will not be able to use the same email address again if you look to open a Payoneer account again in the future.¹

How to close your Payoneer account

You can start the process to close your Payoneer account online. But to complete the closing, Payoneer customer service will have to reach out to you directly, but it can take at least 3-5 days. Here is how it goes:²

There are two main paths to starting the account closing. The first is through the dashboard:

  1. Head to your Payoneer dashboard
  2. Click on the Help link on the right hand side of the screen
  3. Select Support Center - Home

  1. Click on My Payoneer Account

  1. Click on Close/Reopen Account
  2. Select** I wish to close my account**
  3. Read the disclosures and click on the Contact Us button to continue

  1. Complete the customer care form with all your details
  2. Click Submit to start the process

Another way to is to head to the help desk directlyfor closing the account and selecting Contact Us from the screen. This will send you to the customer care form to complete and submit.

Keep track of your emails and communication from Payoneer to finish the account closure.

Alternatives to Payoneer in India

If you are an Indian business or freelancer looking to see what other options are out there for international payments, here are some to check out:³⁴⁵⁶⁷


  • PayPal has been a longtime leader in global payments, but can be expensive
  • Free PayPal to PayPal transfers
  • There are charges to withdraw money to a bank account


  • Wise offers Indian businesses and freelancers with account details in 8 different currencies to receive payments from abroad. Your clients pay you with a local transfer in their currency, and you receive rupees in your INR bank account — with eFIRC for every transfer.
  • You always get the real exchange rate and one low transfer fee, no mark ups
  • Free to sign up


  • A digital wallet, Skrill users can pay across different online platforms
  • Skrill takes an exchange rate fee and a per transaction fee
  • Particularly useful for gamers and even those with crypto


  • Instamojo is a full service payment gateway based in Bangalore
  • Provides a variety of options for domestic payments
  • International payment options available only by request


  • Stripe is an American payment gateway popular in the US
  • Strong tech and APIs to integrate with your business
  • Easy to use for international payments but expect high fees

When choosing a payment alternative, here are some of the major things to consider

The exchange rate

Are you getting the mid market exchange rate that you see on Google? Or is the exchange rate set by the company? A weak exchange rate can quickly add up to lost revenue.

Transaction fees

How many are there and how much? Check to see each alternatives’ transaction fee to see how much you may be losing especially with international transactions.

The true cost of sending USD to INR

Monthly or additional fees

Are there annual fees to pay or service fees? Many payment providers are offering free services these days, but check the fine print in case there is a catch. Many online wallets may charge withdrawal fees when you want to deposit funds into your local bank account

Receive payments in India easily with Wise

Doing business around the world does not need to be difficult or expensive. With Wise for business, you can receive using the mid-market exchange rate to your account in India.

You get account details in 8 currencies and can use them to get paid from clients abroad.

Open your Wise Business Account 🚀

And with Wise, you can get payments within seconds in India. So instead of paying for markups and additional fees for international payments, Wise makes it cheaper and easier for your clients to send you the payments you need.

Open your Wise Business Account


  1. Close an account
  2. Closing a Payoneer account
  3. Wise
  4. PayPal
  5. Skrill
  6. Instamojo
  7. Stripe

All sources checked as of 28 October, 2021

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