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  • Who doesn’t dream of travelling abroad? While some do it for pleasure, others are always on the go because their profession demands them to be flying across continents and countries. Of late, traveling has become a way of life for many. Globe-trotting is an interesting passion and some people follow it with all their heart. Travelling, to be precise, has been sited to be one of the most fulfilling hobbies under the sun. However, to enjoy a good vacation, it is important to plan ahead. Even corporates like to plan ahead in case they want to send their employees overseas for various projects. Planning includes both logistical as well as financial planning.

    Just like a good itinerary can make or break a holiday, financial woes can dampen one’s mood while on a break. It is always advisable to keep one’s finances in place before planning a trip abroad. With the evolution of the economy, bank and other financial institutions have been working overtime to make travelling hassle-free for their customers. It is for the same purpose that multi-currency forex cards were designed. Loaded with benefits and features, these cards make it easier for the travellers to hop across the world without having to worry about carrying cash.

    Standard Chartered, one of the most reputed names in the world of banking, offer the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card. This card provides a unique financial freedom to the cardholders. It can not only be loaded with 20 different kinds of currencies but its contactless feature makes it one of the safest ways to carry money across the globe. Let’s take a detailed look at the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card.

    Features And Benefits Of The Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card

    The Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card comes loaded with exciting benefits and features. Listed below are some of them:

    • Cardholders can load up to 20 currencies including the British Pound, US Dollar, Thai Baht, Hong Kong Dollars, Euros, Singapore Dollars, among others in their Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card.
    • The Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card is a contactless card. Hence, the cardholder need not swipe it while making transactions and can enjoy easy and secure payments worldwide.
    • Card Holders can travel without having to worry about finances as this card provides them an insurance cover of up to Rs.5 lakh against loss, theft or misuse of the card. It also provides personal air accidental insurance (only death cover) of Rs.50 lakh. Coverage for loss of baggage and personal documents provided by the bank is up to Rs.1 lakh.
    • Cardholders can reload their Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card at any of the Standard Chartered Bank branches across the country.
    • Cardholders can manage the account of their card online with just a few clicks.
    • Cardholders can save on the cross currency transaction rates applicable on the credit as well as debit cards by opting for the Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card.
    • Upon activation, cardholders will receive a kit with the primary card as well as the backup card that can be used in case of loss, theft or damage of the primary card. The activation of the backup card is done free of charge.
    • Cardholders will receive SMS alerts on their registered mobile number each time they swipe the card for shopping or to make any other kind of transaction.
    • Cardholders will receive periodic email statements of their account that will keep them updated about their account balance as well as provide them with details of their expenditure.
    • The Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card can be used in more than 120 countries and for various kinds of payments including those made at stores, restaurants, tourist attractions, hotels, among others.
    • Cardholders can use this card to book tickets also.

    Fees And Charges Levied On The Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card

    Charges according to the currency Balance enquiry (In respective currency) ATM cash withdrawal (In respective currency)
    USD (US Dollars) 0.50 2.00
    AUD (Australian Dollars) 0.65 2.50
    GBP (Sterling Pound) 0.50 1.25
    CAD (Canadian Dollars) 0.65 2.50
    AED (UAE Dirhams) 2.00 7.25
    BHD (Bahraini Dinar) 0.20 0.75
    CHF (Swiss Franc) 0.70 2.50
    ZAR (South African Rand) 6.00 25.00
    THB (Thai Baht) 16.00 80.00
    DKK (Danish Krone) 4.00 14.00
    SGD (Singapore Dollar) 1.00 3.25
    SEK (Swedish Krona) 4.00 15.00
    EUR (Euro) 0.50 1.50
    HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) 4.00 16.00
    QAR (Qatari Rial) 1.80 7.50
    JPY (Japanese Yen) 65.00 250.00
    KWD (Kuwaiti Dinar) 0.15 0.75
    OMR (Omani Rial) 0.25 0.70
    NOK (Norwegian Krone) 3.25 12.50
    NZD (New Zealand Dollar) 1.00 3.25
    Charges Premium, Priority and Private Banking Segments Personal Banking Segment
    Initial sale Free Rs.499
    Reload Rs.99 Rs.99
    Replacement for expired card Free Rs.199
    Replacement for lost or stolen card Rs.349 Rs.349
    Refund Rs.99 Rs.99
    Cross currency mark-up 3.50% 3.50%
    For every 12 months of inactivity USD5 USD5
    SMS number for India Free Free
    SMS international number each quarter USD1 USD1

    Eligibility Criteria Of The Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card

    The only eligibility criteria to get a Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card is that the applicant needs to be a citizen of India.

    Documents Required To Get A Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card

    To procure the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card, an applicant needs to furnish the documents listed below:

    • Copies of a valid passport.
    • One of the following travel documents:
    • Flight tickets
    • Visa
    • Any other travel-related document

    FAQs About Standard Chartered Multi-currency Forex Card

    1. Why does the welcome kit sent by the Standard Chartered bank have two cards in it?

      The welcome kit sent by the Standard Chartered Bank has two cards in it because one of them is the primary card whereas the other is a backup card. So, in case of loss or damage of the primary card, you can immediately start using the backup card after hotlisting the previous one.

    2. Where can I get a Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card from?

      Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card can be procured from 100 different branches of the bank that are spread across the country. You can also call the bank in order to apply for the same.

    3. Is it possible to issue cheques to load the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card?

      You cannot reload the card by issuing cheques. However, you can reload it using your Standard Chartered savings account.

    4. Is it possible to block the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex Card temporarily?

      Yes, you can block the card temporarily using the customer portal or by calling the customer care portal. The card can be unblocked later using the same processes.

    5. Can I retain the Standard Chartered Multi-Currency Forex card once I come back to India?

      You can retain the card provided the balance remaining in the card is less than USD2,000. Otherwise, this amount should be refunded within 180 days from the date of arrival in India. This rule is accordance to the RBI guidelines.

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