OKX Crypto Exchange to Cease Operations in India

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Cryptocurrency exchange OKX has informed its clients that it will no longer offer services in India. Customers are required to close their positions by the end of April, after which they can only withdraw their funds. The exchange cited regulatory considerations in the country as the reason for this decision.

In a notice, OKX informed its Indian clients that they must close all margin positions, as well as positions in perpetual, futures, and options, and withdraw all funds by April 30. The notice stated that after this date, accounts will be restricted to withdrawals only.

India brought digital asset service providers under its anti-money laundering framework in March 2023. Exchanges intending to operate in the country are required to register with the Financial Intelligence Unit India (FIU IND) and adhere to regulatory guidelines. However, as of the end of 2023, OKX had not completed this registration process.

The Indian government has been cracking down on exchanges operating illegally within its borders. In December, the FIU IND issued notices to nine exchanges deemed to be operating illegally, including Binance, Kraken, and MEXC Global. Notably, OKX should have been included in this list.

According to sources familiar with the matter, several of the exchanges that received notices have engaged in discussions with Indian authorities to resolve the situation.

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