Prepaid / Travel Cards

Prepaid/Travel cards are utiliseded in paying for necessary expenses when travelling across countries. They are pre-loaded with the money you have put into it. These cards can be used as the regular regional currency. It is wise to have a Prepaid card before you travel to Canada.

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Typical time required: 1-3 days

Here are a few reasons why you need to get a prepaid card:

  • Your initial expenses at Canada might shoot up, having to pay for the rent, food, travelling, etc. but your bank account might have certain limitations on the amount of cash you can initially withdraw. Thus, we would recommend you to carry your money in a travel card than carrying cash around.
  • Travel cards will aid you in the everyday expenditures until you have your Canadian bank’s debit card. It can be used at any place having electronic payment counters (buses, restaurants, etc.) without any additional service fee.

There are many services/offers you can go for, but we would recommend the ones offered by Thomas Cook or Cox & Kings. The instructions for buying & recharging a travel-card is relatively straightforward. It is also PIN protected. You can check the remaining amount in the card anytime online, and the card works for almost any online payments.

Required documents

  • Passport
  • PAN Card or Aadhar Card
  • Canadian Visa (occasionally required)

Step by step guide

  • Step I: Click on either of the links given above and submit your personal details. You will be called by the representatives of your chosen service provider.
  • Step II: Ask them the best exchange rate they can offer. Sometimes a negotiation can be discussed.
  • Step III: The representatives might visit your residence to collect all required records & documents, or you may be asked to go to their nearest branch. Once all documents have been submitted, you will get the travel card mostly on the same day.
  • Step IV: You will be contacted later, asking you to transfer the money (to be put in the card) to a specific account /link via Credit card.
  • Step V: You need to transfer the money worth $XXX + Service Fee.
  • Step VI: Your prepaid card will be activated within 24 hours of money transfer.
  • Step VII: Make a transaction with the card before you leave, and report immediately if something goes wrong.

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