Absa Bank launches multi-currency card for prepaid travel

Source: Absa Bank

Representing the future of travel prepaid cards, Absa Bank, a subsidiary of Barclays has launched a Multi-Currency Cash Passport - South Africa's first reloadable prepaid travel Multi-Currency Card.

The card allows cardholders to load multiple currencies on the same card with global reach of MasterCard, while it is also accepted at 35.9 million locations worldwide. Cardholders can currently load up to four currencies on the easy-to-use card: US dollar, British Pounds, Euro and the Australian Dollars. More currencies will be added to the Multi-Currency Cash Card at a later stage.

Absa will also be launching an Islamic Banking Multi-Currency Cash Passport soon, which is a first Sharia'h compliant and unique solution for clients travelling overseas.

"Although there are other prepaid travel cards in South Africa, they can only carry one currency at a time. The Multi-currency Cash Passport card has the ability to allow customers to carry foreign exchange loaded with multiple currencies on one card," says Head of Retail Banking Arrie Rautenbach.

He continues: "When the card is used in the destination country, the system intelligently chooses the correct currency depending on the country the cardholder is in, as long as the currency is available (for example, if in the US the system will automatically debit the US Dollar purse on the card)." 

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