Best Virtual and Prepaid Cards for International Shoppers

Technische has once again assisted international shoppers, and this time we are focusing exclusively on international virtual prepaid cards and prepaid debit cards. If you are looking for international money transfer/ withdrawal services, we recommend taking a look at our post on Global Payments, which offers seamless withdrawals through banks and enables you to accept payments internationally.

Since the advent of online shopping, its popularity has multiplied numerous times, and it has become an integral part of the global economy. There are still many people, however, who are not able to shop online due to geographical restrictions. Many people are unable to purchase products from certain websites because their country is not compatible with the site’s shipping services, or perhaps their bank does not accept online payments.

Previously, we discussed in detail how one can obtain a parcel forwarding address to deliver items anywhere in the world. Now, it is time to discuss the payment solution associated with your new address.

It is becoming increasingly necessary for online merchants to offer virtual debit cards and virtual prepaid cards. There are many dangers on the internet, including the possibility of scams involving virtual debit cards, such as Cliffscard and Safepay. The following is a selection (in no particular order) of the best virtual debit card services available and what they offer.

How Prepaid Virtual Cards Work

Globally accepted prepaid cards are available from virtual prepaid card providers. Signing up for these services requires you to undergo a verification procedure.

Verification is not difficult or time-consuming, especially if you have your scanner nearby. You will be required to provide certain documents to verify if you are indeed a citizen of the world with a valid residential address, a valid telephone number, and an active bank account free of any fraudulent activity.

Following verification of your documents, you are free to use your own money by using their virtual debit cards. Please explain. You will simply need to upload your funds using their allowed methods, such as local wire transfers, local credit/debit cards, and PayPal, and then wait for the money to be credited to your account.

You can then use your virtual prepaid card on any website to make purchases.

The best virtual prepaid cards

US Unlocked

It is the only service available to international customers who wish to shop at US stores. The company offers two types of virtual cards, one-time use, and merchant-specific. A merchant-specific card is tied to the store where it is first used in the United States. Unlike one-time-use cards, which close two minutes after being used, one-time-use cards are highly secure. You should use these for websites that you do not plan to shop from again and/or when you are concerned about the security of your transaction.

What is the USUnlocked process? They require some basic information from your end along with a US shipping address from one of their partners. Please refer to this link for more information. Upon creating your account, you will need to deposit funds and pay the one-time activation fee of $15. The fee for loading your account is also listed here. Your US Unlocked account can be loaded through (local) bank transfers, ACH, Ideal, Sofort, Yandex, Boleto, WeChat Pay, and Alipay. You will also be charged a $3.5/month account maintenance fee (if you have a balance) and a $0.50 per transaction fee. You can find more information about the card in our review of US Unlocked

States Card

With States Card, you can sign up in five minutes with no verification required. If you are asked to verify, the process is straightforward and straightforward. Using the card, you will have access to a tax-free Delaware address.

The monthly limit for SEPA, PayPal, and credit card loading is $100. For bank transfers, the limit is $500.

Please contact support to request a revision of the limits. I am assuming those limits mentioned above are for users without ID verification. Verification of identity is typically required after $500.

Choose your amount and payment method from the dropdown menu. Fees are displayed separately, so you will always know how much you will be charged. The activation fee is $14.95 and the monthly fee is $3.95 at the time of signup. Despite having a zero balance on your account, you will be charged the monthly fee. To avoid this reach out to support for manual deactivation.

EPS, Giropay, Ideal, Sofort, Giropay, PayPal, and Credit Card are available loading methods.

A States Card is great for subscriptions that are only available in the United States, such as HBO Max, Disney+, Paramount+, Xbox GamePass, etc.

Skrill

If you have a Skrill account, you will be able to get a virtual MasterCard prepaid card if you are a resident of Europe. Paying bills, receiving or sending money, as well as purchasing cryptocurrency are all possible with Skrill.

You can make use of your funds wherever MasterCard is accepted via the Skrill virtual prepaid MasterCard. It can be used with a variety of currencies, for example, USD, EUR, GBP, or PLN.  If your Skrill account is in positive balance, you can use your Skrill card.

You can obtain the Skrill card within minutes if you are already a Skrill customer. There is a €2.5 fee for the second and subsequent virtual cards. There is no annual service charge.

EzzoCard

Because EzzoCard is also a virtual visa gift card, it is unlike any other card on this list. The cards are available in both Canadian and United States dollars. Purchasing an EzzoCard is anonymous and can be done with cryptocurrency, PerfectMoney, WebMoney, etc. There is no verification process. You can use the USD card for six months (Green card) or twelve months (Blue card). The card needs to be registered for the first time before it can be used. Following registration, it can be used anywhere online. To change the address, you must log in with your blog card number and pin.

Virtual cards issued by them are supported by AVS and can be used with any address within the United States or abroad. Cards issued by the Canadian government can only be used with Canadian addresses, so be sure to enter a valid billing address.

Depending on the method you select, the purchase of a card can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Details of the types of payment can be found on their website under the section How to Pay. It is not possible to load the Virtual Visa Card, but it can still be purchased in different denominations in the future.

You can also use the Ezzo Card as a virtual Visa gift card for your loved ones. Shopping becomes easier since you can use the card at any website, online merchant, or web store where prepaid cards are accepted. In addition, you can use it to verify PayPal’s identity. The virtual card may be used anywhere that accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards.

TransferWise is a well-known company. The service is known for its low fees and quick remittances. Our review is a result of our love for the service. And guess what? They provide MasterCards linked to their payment accounts. By clicking this link, you will receive a special gift.

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leopard

A major difference between LeoPay and its counterparts on this list is that it is based on iCard Services AD. You read it correctly-cards. When you sign up for a LeoPay, you will have to complete a regular KYC, which in my case was fairly quick and simple, and then you will receive two free cards. It is a very effective way to obtain verification, as well, since the VISA cards will be sent directly to your home address. If you wish, you can choose to have separate names (perhaps those of family members) and use different currencies. leopard offers 10 different currencies through which you can open an account. Unfortunately, LeoPay is only available to residents of the European Union.

The company does not offer virtual prepaid cards, but plastic VISA cards with embedded chips. This solution allows you to have up to five cards per LeoPay account, making it perfect for a family of four. On the LeoPay website or via the LeoPay mobile app (iOS or Android), you can change access to each card. It is possible to lock cards and enable or disable POS, ATM, or Internet transactions. It is also possible to set spending limits as well as receive SMS or email notifications for each transaction.

leopard makes shopping stress-free, whether you are buying online or in a physical store. You can load money onto your LeoPay card/account for free if you reside in the EU. This was an important factor for me.

BLUR

Blur is a payment solution product of Abine, known as Masked Card.

It is possible to create a virtual card and use it for your expenses.  The company currently offers these services only to US residents and to US merchants and online retailers. Due to the faBecausefor card verification, this feature may be extended to other countries very soon.

Blur can be accessed by registering online with the required information. Your privacy is of utmost importance to them, which is why they do not provide any personal information when you shop online.

The Blur service can be used anywhere, from buying a grill to purchasing gadgets without having to give your credit card number or any other information. It is also possible to purchase prepaid gift cards and use that number instead of your own.

By storing your information, you can shop more efficiently at any online retailer. This service is particularly useful for identifying any theft. The Blur premium subscription costs USD 39/per year or $99 for Blur Unlimited.

EcoPayz

Ecopayz is the company behind the Eco Virtual Card. The Eco Virtual Card provides a unique service. The ecoVirtualcard is designed for one-time online payments that are safe and secure. You may create it immediately by accessing the “ecoVirtualcard” section of your ecoAccount. As soon as you make a successful purchase with your ecoVirtualcard, the card is automatically canceled. This prevents your card details from falling into the wrong hands. If you have made a purchase, you can create a new ecoVirtualcard and continue shopping.

The process of creating a new virtual card is free, but it is limited to the type of Ecopayz account you currently hold or have opened. Should you wish to make repeat payments or purchases with merchants who require card verification before allowing you to make a payment, you can always use the EcoCard Payment card. The cool thing about the Eco Virtual Card is that it is compatible with several currencies, such as Euros, pounds, and USD. Furthermore, unlike some other cards, the Eco Virtual Card can be used pretty much anywhere MasterCard® is accepted.

you must recognize that you must upgrade to a Silver ecoAccount before applying for an ecoVirtualcard, which is done by verifying your identity and address. It is easily one of the most international friendly services available and definitely one of the top providers on this list.

VISA

Sometimes you are better off choosing a company that is a leader in the industry. Visa has been in the credit business for a long time, so they have the know-how to make a quality and secure product. The virtual debit card will work just like any other Visa product. The main drawback is that it requires an RBC bank account, which may be problematic for international users. The most sensible choice, however, is more likely to be this one if you are a Canadian resident.

You can find a complete list of VISA cards in our feature on gift cards. If you encounter problems with the address and phone number, I suggest you obtain a package forwarding address for that country and insert it at the checkout point.

That’s all there is to it!

Please let us know if you know of another good virtual prepaid card service that is free or super awesome in the comments below so we can review them and maybe even add them to this list.

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