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!
Get the most out of your contactless payments
How to get it and what you can expect
Debit cards are available with the new contactless functionality in branches or from your banker, if you are a Private Banking or Wealth client.
If you have a new Visa-branded Youth, Student, Islamic, Gold, Premium, Private Banking and Wealth segments debit card with the contactless symbol on, you can start using contactless with no need to load funds, as funds will be deducted directly from your primary account.
If your card is MasterCard-branded or does not have the contactless symbol on, you will need to go to the branch and request a contactless-enabled card. A card replacement fee is applicable, if it is not your first Absa debit card.
If you currently have the wallet contactless card and would like more information on how it works, please contact 08600 08600.
- You will pay the same fee as you currently pay to transact, there is no extra cost
- There are no charges for declined transactions
What you need to know about contactless payments
New contactless-enabled cards are available at all our branches. If you are a Private Bank or Wealth client, you can request a replacement card from your banker. A card replacement fee is applicable.
If your debit card has card numbers printed in black on the back of the card, it is still the old contactless card. New contactless cards do not have black card numbers printed on the back of the card.
Look out for the contactless payment symbol at participating:
- Petrol station convenience stores
- Supermarket kiosks
- Fast-food restaurants
- Cinema counters
- Bus or taxi operators
If you are an Absa debit card holder with the latest Contactless functionality, you are able to tap for transactions under R200 without entering a PIN. For transactions over R200, you will be required to insert your card and provide your PIN.
Ensure that you are signed up for the NotifyMe service to keep track of all transactions conducted on your account. Set your point-of-sale limits using Absa Online or our Banking App.
We continuously strive to simplify your banking and transacting experience. Adding the contactless functionality to debit cards allows you to choose how you pay for your transport or retail items. When you come across a retailer that accepts contactless payments, you can pay for low-value goods or services much faster.
Yes, your contactless card can be used to pay for your transport fare if it costs under R200 and if the transport operator allows contactless payments. Look out for the contactless symbol at participating public transport operators.
Yes, your contactless card can be used to pay for retail purchases of under R200 at participating retailers where the contactless symbol is displayed.
Look out for the contactless symbol at participating retailers and transport providers as this indicates that they accept contactless payments.
Contactless payments are a new way to pay and many retailers are in the process of converting their point-of-sale devices to accept contactless transactions. Over time, you will start seeing more and more retailers and transport operators accepting contactless transactions.
The contactless-enabled card is just like cash. You don’t need a PIN to use it, which means you can quickly process transactions of under R200 and, if lost, a third party will be able to use it in the same way.
IF YOU LOSE YOUR CARD, CALL THE ABSA STOP CARD NUMBER IMMEDIATELY ON 0800 11 11 15
What if I am using a contactless card issued before August 2017
Before you can use your contactless card you will need to load some cash (up to R200) onto it.
Via Absa Online Banking
Once your card is loaded with cash you need to activate it.
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!