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    HDFC Forex Cards

    Forex Cards are a type of prepaid cards exclusively meant for people travelling to other countries. Users can pre-load the Forex card with the currency of the country they are planning to visit thus can avoid carrying cash and traveller cheques. They can also save significant amounts on exchange rates which fluctuation on a daily basis.

    HDFC Banks offers a variety of Forex Cards to cater the needs of frequent travellers as well as one-time travellers. With exciting features and benefits, HDFC Forex cards are a secure and ideal mode to carry foreign currency.

    Listed below are various Forex cards offered by HDFC Bank along with their features, benefits, fees and charges.

    HDFC Forex Cards – Types, Features and Benefits

    HDFC Bank currently offers six Forex cards each serving a different travelling purpose.

    The six cards available on the bank’s website include:

    1. Regalia ForexPlus Card
    2. Multicurrency Platinum ForexPlus Chip Card
    3. ISIC Student ForexPlus Card
    4. ForexPlus Card
    5. ForexPlus Chip Card
    6. ForexPlus Platinum Card

    Let’s take a look at each card in detail.

    HDFC Bank Regalia ForexPlus Card

    If you’re a globe trotter, HDFC Bank Regalia ForexPlus Card is for you. With the card in your wallet, you don’t have to carry multiple currencies or manage currency wallets or lose your hard earned money on currency conversion charges. Available on MasterCard platform, the card is issued only in one currency but can be used in other countries at zero cross currency conversion charges.

    Features And Benefits Of HDFC Bank Regalia Forexplus Card

    • Load your card in US dollars and withdraw or transact in another currency at no cross currency conversion charges. With a general purpose reloadable card wallet (GPR wallet) available in Indian currency, cardholders can withdraw money from ATMs in India and make purchases at merchant outlets or e-commerce sites in Indian currency.
    • Emergency cash delivery in 6 to 7 hours in case the card is lost or stolen.
    • The Europ Assistance feature will provide global concierge and referral services including hotel referral and reservation assistance, car rental referral, gift delivery assistance, medical service provider referrals, lost passport and luggage services and lot more.
    • Earn reward points for every $1 spent in the form of domestic airline miles and hotel loyalty program points and redeem them against Jet Privilege miles or Taj Inner Circle Points in India.
    • For cash withdrawals done at ATMs linked with All Point Network, ATM access fee or ATM ownership charges will be waived.
    • Save against exchange rate fluctuations as the rates are locked at the time of currency loading.
    • With a built-in PayPass technology, the Regalia ForexPlus Card allows contactless transactions enabling swift and convenient payments at retail outlets.
    • Cardholders will be eligible for complimentary lounge access at International Airports in India. They can also use the card to shop in duty free outlets located at all the airports across the globe.
    • A complimentary insurance cover worth Rs.5 lakh protects the card against any misuse in case it is lost, stolen or counterfeited.

    HDFC Bank Multicurrency Platinum Forexplus Chip Card

    If you travel various countries either in single or multiple trips then the Multicurrency ForexPlus card is for you. As the name suggests, the card is designed for people travelling multiple foreign destinations and allows loading of up to 23 currencies on a single card. The contactless card also offers enhanced insurance coverage, emergency assistance services, 24x7 customer care, offers at merchant outlets and lot more.

    Features And Benefits Of Multicurrency Platinum Forexplus Chip Card

    • Available in 23 currencies, the card can be used to withdraw cash and to use at point of sale terminals (POS) in any currency. All the transactions carried out in the base currency, the currency with which it is loaded, do not attract any foreign exchange rates.
    • The online currency management feature allows the cardholder to transfer balance from one currency wallet to another using the prepaid net banking facility.
    • Avail a backup card, an additional card provided on the primary card, which comes handy when the primary card is lost/stolen.
    • Enjoy discounts on self-drive car booking, shopping at online stores, and on booking a local home.
    • Emergency cash delivery services in case of lost or stolen card.
    • A complimentary free international SIM with a talk time of Rs.200
    • Insurance cover worth Rs.5 lakh that protects the card against any misuse due to counterfeiting or skimming.
    • Once the bank receives funds, the card gets activated within 5 to 6 hours and can be used at any international location to withdraw cash from all VISA/MasterCard ATMs and to make payments at POS terminals.

    HDFC Bank Isic Student Forexplus Card

    The ISIC ForexPlus Student Card is exclusively designed for students travelling abroad to pursue higher education. Introduced in partnership with MasterCard International, the student card is currently available in three currencies including US dollars, euros and sterling pounds. It can be used in any country other than in India, Nepal and Bhutan for cash withdrawals as well as POS transactions.

    Features And Benefits Of ISIC Forexplus Student Card

    • With a built-in embedded chip the card stores confidential information in encrypted form thus provides enhanced security against counterfeiting and skimming card frauds.
    • The card is accepted as student identity card anywhere across the globe
    • With multiple-currency loading feature, the card provides protection against exchange rate fluctuations. Transactions carried out in the base currency do not attract foreign exchange charges.
    • An insurance cover worth Rs.5 lakh is available along with the card and offers coverage against misuse of lost or stolen card and other counterfeiting or skimming attempts. It also provides an accidental death coverage of Rs.25 lakh along with an insurance cover of up to Rs.50,000 for loss of baggage or personal documents.
    • Comes with a free, complimentary international SIM with talk time worth Rs.200
    • The card can be reloaded any number of times during the validity period at all HDFC Bank branches in India and when in abroad the top-up can be done through phone banking or net banking
    • Free online access to card account through which users can track their spends, check balance and statements, change IPIN and raise a request for change of PIN.
    • Card gets activated within 4 hours of receiving the funds from the user
    • Can be purchased 60 days in advance from the date of travel

    HDFC Bank ForexPlus Card

    Available on the VISA/MasterCard platform, HDFC ForexPlus card is a prepaid card that can be used at all ATMs and merchant establishments across the world. By offering competitive market rates, the card provides a cost-effective way to carry forex. The ForexPlus card also comes with attractive features including fraud protection, insurance cover, international dining offers and lot more.

    Features And Benefits Of HDFC Bank Forexplus Card

    • Pre-loadable in 10 international currencies including US Dollar, Australian dollar, UAE dirhams, Canadian dollar, euro, Japanese yen, Singapore dollar, Sterling pound, Swiss franc and Swedish krona, the card offers protection against foreign exchange fluctuation rates. The card can also be used to transact or withdraw cash in any currency other than the loaded ones but attract the respective exchange rate.
    • Accepted at all the VISA/MasterCard ATMs and merchant outlets that accept VISA/MasterCard transactions.
    • Temporary card block/unblock feature enables the cardholder to block or unblock the card whenever necessary using the net banking facility.
    • HDFC provides 24x7 global customer assistance service for the card users. The service can be used to hotlist/block the forex card in case of loss or theft, to get a card replacement and to get emergency cash delivered while in abroad
    • The card can also be used to do e-commerce transactions on online websites or e-commerce sites. With a second authentication layer, which prompts you to enter your net banking PIN, the online transactions using the card become more safe and secure.
    • The card is covered under an insurance worth Rs.5 lakh which offers protection against card misuse, in case it’s lost/stolen. The insurance also includes a personal accident cover worth Rs.5 lakh, loss of baggage cover up to Rs.50,000 and others.

    HDFC Bank ForexPlus Chip Card

    The ForexPlus Chip card is a prepaid card available on both Visa and Mastercard International platforms hence can be used at all merchant outlets and ATMs powered by the platforms. The card is currently available in three currencies but can be used in any country other than India, Nepal and Bhutan. With features like online card services, 24x7 global customer service, insurance cover and lot more, the forex card is must to have while travelling abroad.

    Features And Benefits Of HDFC Forexplus Chip Card

    • With an embedded chip, the card stores confidential information in encrypted form thus provides enhanced security against counterfeiting and skimming card frauds.
    • The card in available for purchase in three currencies including US dollars, euros and pounds hence provides protection against fluctuating exchange rates. The three currencies are accepted worldwide and hence can be converted into the currency of any country.
    • Using the net banking facility, cardholders can temporarily block or unblock the card, change PIN, view transaction details, add new currency, transfer funds from one wallet to another, view/download statement and update account details such as a mobile number and e-mail ID.
    • The card can be reloaded any number of times during the validity period at all HDFC Bank branches in India and also through phone banking, mobile banking or net banking.
    • HDFC provides SMS and e-mail alerts for every activity carried out on the card including cash withdrawals, purchases, online transactions, wallet transfers, card blocking, etc. Both the registered domestic and international numbers in the bank records will receive the alerts.

    HDFC Bank Forexplus Platinum Card

    The ForexPlus Platinum Card is a prepaid card designed for elite customers. Available on VISA International platform, the card offers enhanced insurance coverage, cashback on POS transactions and 24x7 global customer assistance service. With a built-in embedded chip, the card provides enhanced security against counterfeiting and skimming card frauds.

    Features And Benefits Of Forexplus Platinum Card

    • The card in available for purchase in three currencies including US dollars, euros and pounds hence provides protection against fluctuating exchange rates. The three currencies are accepted worldwide and hence can be converted into the currency of any country.
    • Cardholders are eligible for a 0.5% cash back if the card is swiped at a merchant outlet
    • HDFC provides 24x7 global customer assistance service for the card users. The service can be used to hotlist/block the forex card in case of loss or theft, to get a card replacement and to get emergency cash delivered while in abroad
    • The card is covered under an insurance worth Rs.5 lakh which offers protection against card misuse, in case it’s lost/stolen. The insurance also includes a personal accident cover worth Rs.5 lakh, loss of baggage cover up to Rs.50,000 and passport reconstruction cover up to Rs.20,000.
    • Avail a backup card, an additional card provided on the primary card, which comes handy when the primary card is lost/stolen.

    HDFC Forex Cards Rates or Fees And Charges

    A few common fee or charges levied on HDFC Bank Forex Cards are listed below

    Fee/Charge Type Regalia ForexPlus Card  Multi-currency ForexPlus card  Student ForexPlus Card ForexPlus Card  ForexPlus Chip Card  ForexPlus Platinum Card 
    Card issuance fee Rs.1000 Rs.500 + GST Rs.300 Rs.125 Rs.175 Rs.350
    Reload Fee Rs.75 per reload Rs.75 + GST Rs.75 Rs.75 Rs.75 Rs.75
    Re-issuance of Card Fee  Rs.100 per card Rs.100 + GST Rs.100 Rs.100 Rs.100  Rs.150
    ATM Cash Withdrawal $4   $2.00, €1.50, £1.00   $2.00, €1.50, £1.00 $2.00, €1.50, £1.00
    Balance Enquiry $0.50   $0.50, €0.50, £0.50   $0.50, €0.50, £0.50 $0.50, €0.50, £0.50
    Charge slip Retrieval $3   $3.00, €2.50, £1.50   $3.00, €2.50, £1.50 $3.00, €2.50, £1.50

    Who Can Apply For HDFC Forex Cards?

    Any individual who is traveling to foreign country/countries except Nepal and Bhutan are eligible to apply for the card. The applicant should produce copy of the travel ticket while purchasing the card to prove the same. Further, the purpose of travel should be any one of the following

    • For holidays or personal visits
    • Business travel
    • Immigration
    • For employment
    • For medical treatment
    • For studies in other countries

    Documents Required To Apply For HDFC Forex Cards

    Listed below are required documents to apply for Regalia ForexPlus Card, Multicurrency Platinum ForexPlus Chip Card, ForexPlus Card, ForexPlus Chip Card, and ForexPlus Platinum Card.

    • Existing HDFC customers
      • Photocopy of passport
      • Completed application form of the card
    • Non-HDFC customers
      • Photocopy of passport
      • Photocopy of Visa
      • Photocopy of travel ticket
      • Completed application form of the card

    All the photocopies of the required documents should be self-attested by the applicant. Also carry the original documents for verification.

    Documents Required To Apply For ISIC Student Forexplus Card

    • Existing HDFC customers
      • Form A2
      • Appointment letter or admission letter or university identity card
      • Scanned copy of passport size photograph with white background
      • A photocopy of passport
    • Non-HDFC bank customers
      • Form A2
      • Appointment letter or admission letter or university identity card
      • Scanned copy of passport size photograph with white background
      • A photocopy of passport
      • Copy of visa or ticket 

    Customer Care Numbers For HDFC Bank Forex Cards

    HDFC Bank provides 24x7 global customer assistance service through its international toll free numbers available in 32 countries. Based on the country of your visit, you can call the respective phone banking centre to clear all your concerns/queries regarding the forex products.

    You can also use the customer service helplines to hotlist/block the forex cards, request emergency services such as card replacement, cash delivery, assistance on lost baggage or passport, etc.

    Country Forex Cards Customer Care Number
    Czech Republic 800090155
    Monaco 80093312
    Poland 008001124694
    Saudi Arabia 8008142094
    UAE 8000185252
    USA 18445796441
    Bahrain 80004980
    Greece 0080016122061284
    Singapore 8001013301
    Croatia 0800222990
    Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Norway, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand 80080077444

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