Banking

Convert and carry money
Cash Passport

You can use your Cash Passport to pay for goods and services worldwide. It also allows you to withdraw local currency from ATMs, or make payments at a point of sale – giving you access to your money any time, day or night! The Cash Passport is available in the following currencies:

  • US Dollar
  • Euro
  • Pound Sterling
  • Australian Dollar

The Absa Cash Passport includes emergency assistance*, which gives you instant help, day and night, wherever you are in the world. One phone call gets you practical help and assistance with situations such as lost passports or wallets, medical emergencies, legal problems and even translations.

*This is not a replacement for travel insurance

There are two types of Cash Passport available to suit your travel needs –
as a single or multi-currency passport:
Single-currency Cash Passport

Absa’s Cash Passport is available in four currencies - the US dollar, Euro, Pound sterling and Australian dollar. With the single currency Cash Passport, you can choose one currency for your journey, and load money onto the card in that currency.

How does it work?

  • You need a valid ID book, a passport and an air-ticket or e-ticket in your name to qualify for a Cash Passport
  • Your journey must start in South Africa
  • If you are travelling by car or to countries that are not in the common monetary area, you will need to provide your ID and your vehicle’s registration certificate
  • If the currency of your Cash Passport differs from the currency of the country you plan to visit, additional service fees will apply
  • As an alternative to Cash Passport you can use your Absa Debit or Credit Cards
  • Lost or stolen cards can be replaced

Your Cash Passport is valid from three (Visa cards) to five years (MasterCard), and can be re-used and topped up within exchange control limits. Even with a zero balance, your card remains valid (see the expiry date on the front) and you can reload it for your next trip.

Multi-currency Cash Passport

Travelling to a number of countries and need access to different currencies? Why not use a multi-currency cash passport? It can be preloaded with all or any one currency on a single card.

How does it work?

  • You need a valid ID book, a passport and an air-ticket or e-ticket in your name to qualify for a Cash Passport
  • If you are travelling by car or to countries that are not in the common monetary area, you will need to provide your ID and your vehicle’s registration certificate
  • If the currency of your Cash Passport differs from the currency of the country you plan to visit, additional service fees will apply
  • As an alternative to cash passport you can use your Absa Debit or Credit Cards
  • Lost or stolen cards can be replaced
  • Additional cards can also be purchased for family members linked to the same pot of funds, for convenience

Is there any extra security?

  • MasterCards are Chip and PIN protected for increased security
  • Visa cards are PIN protected and have a signature panel at the back
  • If the currency of your Cash Passport differs from the currency of the country you plan to visit, additional service fees will apply
  • Cards can be replaced after a loss or theft, just like travellers’ cheques

Because Absa respects the path you choose, we have great pleasure in offering a first, the Islamic Banking Multi-currency Cash Passport Card to cater for our customers that bank the Shariah compliant way.

NB - When you return from your trip, any unused currency on the cards must be resold and can be done at Absa free of commission.

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