Nothing is as smooth as paying with your contactless card

A tap is all it takes. Pay for small-value purchases by simply tapping your card on the contactless card receiver.
No touching, no swiping, no PIN needed. It’s quick, convenient and a whole lot safer than paying with cash.    

No need to carry cash

Reduce the risk that comes with carrying cash. Just tap and you’re good to go.

Very easy

Simply tap to pay and keep moving, no need
to fumble with change, PINs or swiping.

  • How do I get my contactless card?

    Request your card at the branch, on our Banking App or by phoning the number on the back of your card.

    If your card is branded Mastercard or doesn’t have the contactless (payWave) symbol, you can replace your existing card by ordering a new one on our Banking App.

    Please note that there’s a card replacement fee if it’s not your first Absa Visa Card.

  • How do I use my contactless card?

    If you have a new Visa-branded Youth, Student, Islamic, Gold, Premium, Private Banking or Wealth card with the contactless symbol, you can start using contactless—the transaction will be processed from your primary account.


    If you currently have a contactless card, we suggest that you request a replacement card with an efficient tap-and-pay functionality. However, if you would like more information on how funding a contactless card works, you can contact us on 08600 08600

  • What is the cost for using my contactless card?

    • There’s no cost. You do not pay a fee when you swipe or tap your card to make purchases.
    • There are no charges for declined transactions.
 Frequently asked questions
  • Where can I get my new contactless card?

    You can easily order a new contactless card from our Banking App. If you’re a Private Banking or Wealth client, you can ask your banker for one. Please note that a card replacement fee is charged.

  • How do I know if my card is the new contactless card?

    If you have our old version of the contactless card, your card will have card numbers printed in black on the back of the card.

    The new version of the contactless card has the payWave symbol on the front of the card as well as a 16-digit card number.    

  • Where can I use my contactless card?

    You can use your contactless card at various places like:

    • Petrol station convenience stores
    • Supermarkets
    • Restaurants
    • Cinemas
    • Gautrain
    • Bus or taxi operators
  • How does my contactless card work?

    If your Absa card is contactless, you can tap it on the contactless receiver to pay for small-value transactions without entering your PIN. For larger purchases, you’ll be asked to provide your PIN or occasionally insert your card in the point-of-sale terminal. Please note that you may be asked to enter your PIN when doing some small transactions, for security reasons.

    You can also load your contactless card in a mobile wallet like Samsung Pay or Apple Pay and use your phone to tap.

    For your security and peace of mind, we strongly recommend signing up for our NotifyMe service to keep track of all transactions conducted on your account. Set your point-of-sale limits using our Banking App. 

  • Why has the contactless feature been added to our cards?

    We’re always working to simplify your banking experience. Adding the contactless functionality to our cards, means added convenience for you. When you come across a retailer that accepts contactless payments, you can pay for low-value goods or services much faster.    

  • Can I use my contactless-enabled card to pay for transport?

    Yes, you can use your card to pay your transport fare if the transport operator allows contactless payments. Look out for the contactless payWave symbol. 

  • Can I use my contactless card to buy from retailers?

    Yes, you can use your card to pay for small-value retail purchases at participating retailers where you see the contactless symbol. 

  • Do I earn Rewards on contactless transactions?

    Absa Rewards members still earn cash back on contactless purchases.

  • Where can I find retailers that accept contactless transactions?

    Look out for the contactless symbol on the payment device at the pay point.

    Contactless payments are a new way to pay. Many retailers have already converted their point-of-sale devices to accept contactless transactions. Over time, you’ll start seeing more and more retailers and transport operators accepting contactless transactions.

  • What happens if I lose my contactless card?

    If you lose your card or your PIN is compromised, call the Absa Stop Card Line immediately on 0800 11 11 55.

  • How to load money

    Before you can use your contactless card you will need to load some cash (up to R200) onto it.

    How to load money

    Via Absa Online Banking
    Inforgraphic AOL Contactless

    Via ATM
    Inforgraphic ATM Contactless
  • How to activate it

    Once your card is loaded with cash you need to activate it.

    Inforgraphic AOL Contactless
  • How to unload

    Absa contactless-enabled debit cards let you pay for small amounts with just a tap of your card. No swiping, no PIN. It’s quick and convenient and even faster than paying with cash!

    Inforgraphic AOL Contactless

Contact details

Contact us on 08600 08600

Visit your nearest branch