We've temporarily stopped issuing cards to businesses based in the US. If you try to get a card for your US business, we'll record your request and notify you once they're available again. If you already have Wise Business cards, we've emailed you about what's changing - please check your emails.
The Wise card lets you spend money around the world with low conversion fees and zero transaction fees. It’s currently available for Wise account-holder residents in Australia, Brazil, the EEA, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Canada.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Get your card details on the app or website
For cards issued for these countries, you can see your card number, expiry date, and CVV any time on the app or website:
For cards issued in the US, you can set your own PIN when you activate your card. Cards issued in the US can only be activated in the US. Card details are available in the app after activation, so it's important to complete this before going abroad.
2. Activate your card immediately
If your card was issued in Japan after the 27th of March 2023, you can activate it by using the 6 digit PIN we give you with your card.
Go to your Wise account
Go to Card
Choose Activate Now
Enter the 6-digit code that’s on the letter your card came attached to.
If your card was issued in Japan before the 27th of March 2023, you can activate it by entering your 4 digit pin when you check your balance from the following 4 ATM providers, please remember to choose "international cards" if prompted on the ATM:
You just need to pay using your PIN. If the Chip and PIN payment gets declined, please use the card at an ATM for either cash withdrawal or balance enquiry.
If you are trying to activate your card in Canada or Singapore, you won’t be able to make a cash withdrawal at local ATMs. Please choose balance enquiry in order to activate your card.
Balance enquiry is not supported for cards issued in Brazil. Please try a Chip and PIN payment or cash withdrawal at an ATM instead.
To activate your card: go to your Wise account in the app or website, and enter the 6-digit code that’s on the card.
Once activated, you can use your card any time, as long as you have money in your account.
3. Add money to your Wise account
To pay with your card, you’ll need money in your Wise account.
Add money by opening the Wise app, choosing the currency you’d like to add money to, and how much you’d like to add. Then, choose to pay using different payment methods like bank transfer or card.
4. Leave the conversion to us
If you spend money in a currency you already have in your balances, we’ll deduct the amount for free.
If you don’t have the currency in your account, we’ll automatically convert the amount for you. We’ll take it from whichever available balance has the cheapest conversion fee. So there’s no need to worry about converting money before travelling.
For Brazil cardholders
Keep in mind: the smart conversion will not work for Brazilian cards when the BRL account is involved.
If you want to use your card in Brazil, you need to have money on your Brazilian Real balance. If you want to use your card abroad, you need to have money on any other balance. If you try to spend in a currency that you don’t have and BRL is the only available currency, the transaction will be declined due to insufficient funds.
5. Always choose the local currency
Sometimes, ATMs, shops, and online stores are sneaky — they try to charge you more when you withdraw cash or buy something abroad. They do it by offering to charge you in your home currency, then marking up the exchange rate.
Avoid these hidden fees by always choosing to be charged in the local currency of where you are.
6. Get free ATM withdrawals
You get 2 free withdrawals per calendar month. From the third withdrawal, we’ll charge you the fixed fee applicable in your region, regardless of how much money you've withdrawn that month.
You also get a free withdrawal allowance each calendar month. This is the amount you can take out without paying a variable rate. We’ll charge you a variable rate if you go over your free allowance, regardless of how many withdrawals you made that month.
If the ATM asks you for a 6-digit PIN, always use your 4-digit PIN as you normally would.
You can now get a Wise Eco card, if you are in the UK or the EEA. Learn more about Wise Eco cards