It is highly recommended to request an offshore bank card when opening a bank account abroad because there may be problems with other means of payment such as bank transfers. Keep in mind that with bank cards you can withdraw money inside and outside the country of your residence. The payment method of bank cards is one of the most expensive since the issuing bank and the brand of the card will charge commissions for withdrawing money at an ATM.
It is very easy and convenient to pay with offshore bank cards. The whole process is done internally between financial entities and the operations are usually debited or credited into account in a period of 24 hours. The bank card is an effective way to withdraw money, although that always leaves a trace. Therefore, depending on the type of offshore card that you contract with your bank entity, the cashier will read the number of the card and the name of the cardholder or just the number.
The disadvantages of using offshore bank cards is the limit that card issuers set for ATM withdrawals. Usually the bank cards have limits between 2000 and 4000 EUR per day for withdrawals of cash and 5000 - 10000 EUR for purchases of goods in stores.
Depending on the type of the card that the bank issues, we can request the following types:
Offshore bank card to withdraw money or Cash cards
In English this kind of cards are known as "Cash Cards" and it is the fastest way to get cash from an ATM anywhere you are. Usually the daily withdraw limit of these cards is up to 2000 EUR, but if you plan to withdraw money daily or monthly the amounts that you get are considerably high. To this day you can withdraw money with a bank card associated with an offshore bank account without local authorities being able to identify the cardholder. The explanation to this is very simple; the ATM will read only the number of the card but not the name of its owner.
Debit bank cards
In English this cards are known as "debit cards". They are usually used for purchases and require the signature of the cardholder and this way identifying him. As a result these cards leave more traces than cash cards. If you are looking for anonymity and don’t want to be identified as a cardholder, it is advisable to use it outside of your zone of residence and in small purchases. The transactions of the debit cards are immediate and it takes only seconds to receive the authorization or decline of the transaction charged to the bank account of the bank card. The bank debit cards usually have very low maintenance fees that can be charged from the account of the cardholder on daily basis or at the end of the month. In majority of the cases the purchases and cash withdrawals come free of charge.
Credit bank cards
In English this kind of cards is known as "Credit Card" and it gives customer a freedom to withdraw cash or make purchases without having actual money for it on its card. Usually in order to obtain this card the banks oblige you to block some amount of money in the bank account as security. Payments due usually bear an interest rate depending on the amount granted by the bank and should be paid at the end of the month. However, more and more banks offer its clients an option to pay amount due in several installments for the convenience of the client. Credit cards are an easy and flexible way to dispose of money around the world anywhere you are. The credit cards of the greatest value and customer service are "American Express" and "Diners Club."
The main disadvantage of credit cards is a deposit that should be blocked on your bank account for security reasons. The amount can vary but usually the bank withholds for 5,000 to 10,000 euros. In reference to security, credit card is the safest payment method and exempts the holder of any losses or problems in case the card is stolen or lost. Evidently the owner will have to get in touch with hot line of the bank or report the robbery to the police.
There is also the possibility of using anonymous credit bank cards. Normally the financial entities that issue this type of cards are registered in tax-free offshore jurisdictions and the same financial entities are the official cardholders of these cards and not the owner of the card. This type of cards are very opaque since it is very difficult to identify the director and the shareholder of the financial institution issuing the card and probably the country of their fiscal residence is different to their usual residence.