UPDATE!!! This is an old post, there is a NEW post about a bitcoin debit card that works in South Africa here: https://www.bitcoinzar.co.za/bitcoin-debit-card-south-africa/

The information below is OLD an no longer applies to South Africa.


A bitcoin debit card allows users to spend their bitcoins anywhere that VISA or Mastercard are accepted as a method of payment. You can use the debit card to shop online, swipe at a store, and even to withdraw cash at ATMs worldwide. A bitcoin debit card can be used in any country, as long as there is a “VISA/Mastercard accepted” sign displayed, and has no hidden fees.

Get a 25% discount by using our link to register: https://goo.gl/I5zV2R

Regular price is $17 and with 25% discount, the  new price is $12.75!

e-coin bitcoin debit card

The bitcoin debit card is simply a standard debit card in USD, EUR or GBP, that you can top up really quickly, using bitcoin. So if you have a lot of bitcoins, and would like to spend them easily, this is one way to do that.

Bitcoin debit cards are a dream come true for users who have access to bitcoins and would like to have the convenience of money on a debit card, but do not have a bank account.

Bitcoin debit cards are also becoming more and more popular with people who do not want the hassle of trading their bitcoin for cash, or moving money into their bank account before being able to spend that money. By using a bitcoin debit card, you spend your bitcoins directly, without having to exchange them first.

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How else can you use a bitcoin debit card?

Some users are reported to be giving a bitcoin debit card to family members far away or even out of the country, so that they can use the card to make purchases for daily living expenses. Instead of using MoneyGram, Western Union or similar services which can take days, require going into a local branch during office hours, and are also expensive. A user can simply send some bitcoin to the bitcoin wallet associated with the bitcoin debit card, and within approximately 30 minutes, the funds can be used….the cost to load the card is almost free, it is a standard bitcoin transaction.

Recently we heard of a user who was abroad in Indonesia, only to find once they landed in Bali, that their credit card would not work! It was weekend, and they were unable to contact their bank locally for help. The user desperately needed the credit card facilities to be able to get an Uber taxi, and for accommodation online!

Without quick support from the local bank, the user decided to think outside of the box, and within 1 hour, his problems were solved. The user registered online at e-coin.io, and then sent bitcoin to the wallet associated with his account. He then bought a virtual bitcoin debit card for $3, and within seconds had a valid card number and the ability to make online purchases. He was then able to pay for accommodation, and add the card in the Uber app to call an Uber taxi to get to his hotel! It was 3 days later before the bank in South Africa was able to rectify the problem and restore access to his regular credit card! True story!

e-coin bitcoin debit card

How much is a bitcoin debit card?

You can order a plastic bitcoin debit card that looks exactly like your standard debit or credit card, and typically it will by issued and dispatched within a couple of days. You can either have the card sent by regular post, or overnight by courier, but costs will apply.

  • The cost to get a physical card sent by mail is normally $ 17.00, but is now $12.75 with the 25% discount.
  • If you would like a card sent by courier delivery, the price is normally $ 50.00, but is now $37.50 with the 25% discount.
  • A Virtual card, which is only the details, you dont get a card sent to you, is $ 3.00

Get a 25% discount by using our link to register: https://goo.gl/I5zV2R

To order a card, you need to register, and then send bitcoins to the wallet in your account. Once the bitcoins are available there to spend, you can order a card and pay from the account balance. Any bitcoins left in the wallet will be part of your balance on the card.

Unverified” users have limitations placed on their bitcoin debit cards….this is for security purposes. By simply sending scans of your ID along with proof of address, you can upgrade your account to “Verified” status and be able to benefit from almost unlimited usage of your card.

Fees and charges:

There are fees and charges when using the bitcoin debit card, and they are as follows:

bitcoin debit card fees

Bitcoin Security:

The bitcoin debit card uses multi-sig bitcoin wallets make it simply impossible to transfer funds without transaction being signed by all parties involved, meaning that even in a highly unlikely event of compromising the platform, no one could be able to steal funds from your bitcoin wallets.The technology is designed and customized by BitGo – the number one name and global trendsetter in crypto currency security, so you can be sure that any bitcoin you send to the wallet is safe.

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67 Responses to How to get a bitcoin debit card
  1. Why are the values in USD?

  2. Nkosinathi Ngubeni April 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Does the e-coin debit card work in SA?

  3. Bethusile Masina April 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    We don’t recieve a bitcoin card in Swaziland.most of the bitcoin debit cards can be send to South Africa only not swaziland

    • I know e-coin / wirex has Africa as one of its biggest markets, so double check they can send to you

    • hi , I’m also in Swaziland, I would like to know if you have ordered your card, and does it work in our ATMs, If answer is yes to all, where did you order it?

  4. What would be considered a foreign transaction fee? Anything other than USD?
    Can anyone confirm the actual transaction fee of an arbitrary amount in Rand. (e.g. buying an Intercape bus ticket for R 500)

    • I would think anything other than USD…that being said, when I swipe my card in stores, it normally takes the correct amount of BTC if I convert it manually on my side to double check it. I dont know if that is because POS transactions are free or what exactly. Maybe it is for online transactions only, I am not sure…a bit confused myself.

  5. What other companies offer visa/mastercard debit cards for use in SA?

  6. Would also like to know.

  7. Cornelis Molenaar June 5, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply

    I would also really like to know this. I can’t wrap my head around the tax requirements.

  8. Can this card be used in Canada?

  9. Yes- you pay VAT when you purchase something. The government gets their money- F them.

  10. Can I get a detailed bill of all expenses made?

  11. Cindy Rayner Buxton August 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    If everything is in USD can you withdraw from the ATM using your card in Rands?

  12. Do you also support Etherum or you only support BITCOIN?

  13. They are stopping the debit card for users out side of the EU, see blog post here: https://blog.xapo.com/xapo-debit-card-update/

  14. Xapo card is a no go for us now https://blog.xapo.com/xapo-debit-card-update/
    Most are the same company issuing the cards under different brands.

  15. Wirex does not deliver in SA according to their website – why advertise?

  16. Hi, I have been using a Xapo cord for a while now. With the change as per comments below it will not be usable after 15 Oct 2017. So opened a Wirex account to see if I could get a new card that will work in South Africa. Seems not to support South Africa any more. (https://help.wirexapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/207161779-The-list-of-supported-countries-for-Wirex-debit-card-issuance-and-delivery?flash_digest=c3344369aa8629867dac94bcf5ad7f8942ba1cc3)

  17. They are changing service providers, and are launching the new wirex contactless card in October, which will be available to South Africa. The problem is not South Africa, it is the company that many of the bitcoin debit card providers were using as their service provider.

  18. The card should still work until October, but no more cards for people in SA after that as far as I know.

  19. Hi I tried to apply for a card and after the whole process it stated that card was not ready for south Africa yet

  20. They are sorting this out….in October you should be able to order to SA again

  21. The TenX card does this. You can pre-order one of their cards once you have installed their app on your mobile phone. Check out their website here: https://www.tenx.tech/

  22. Can one use the card to withdraw Rands from South African ATM?
    How else does one cash bitcoin into “cash money”?

  23. Check out this one, you can put your name down for pre-order, it should work fine in S.A. https://wirexapp.com/introducing-new-contactless-wirex-payment-cards/#

  24. You must not try order, as you will be ordering the OLD card that is for EU only. You need to put your name onto the pre-order list for the other card here: https://wirexapp.com/introducing-new-contactless-wirex-payment-cards/

  25. It does work to put your name down, just put your email address into the pre-registration form in the link I shared.

  26. I am not sure which card you have, but bitcoin debit cards use the exchange rate in USD, not the SA exchange rate. Bitcoin in South Africa is often about 10-15% higher in price than the US exchanges, so not sure how you were charged double….there must be something else besides just the exchange rate

  27. Right now there are none that I have seen proof of working. Wirex have said their new contactless card will work here, but you can only per-reigster for it now, not purchase it yet.

  28. I keep getting told ‘soon’

  29. I’ll try to find out some more information about when the new cards will be available

  30. None at the moment….will keep you posted when the new one is out…

  31. Bongi Tshetu Nkowane December 5, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    Can we get a final verdict if this card really works in South Africa. And if so, does it work on most ATM’s eg. FNB, ABSA, Standard Bank? I don’t want to order it then be stuck with a card that doesn’t work here.

    • Their current card is not working here at the moment, the new contactless card will, but it is not available just yet. The virtual card works, so you can use that only for online purchases….for now we wait for the contactless card

  32. You have to pre-register for the contactless card, their current card no longer works here, the new one will, but its not available yet.

  33. They DID support South Africa for a long time, and they WILL again, just not with the current card they have. You can pre-register NOW already for the NEW contactless card that WILL work in South Africa AGAIN.


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