If you work online and wish you could have the power to buy necessary subscriptions, then you can create a Dollar card in Nepal.
The debit or ATM cards that Nepalese banks issue is usually usable in Nepal and India only you cannot use them as Travel or Foreign currency card, NRB rules limits online usage unless you activate them.
Though there are many digital wallets in Nepal you will be able to use them within Nepal and now possibly in India as well but not online(internationally).
After years of struggle, Nepali people can create their Dollar cards and purchase items or subscriptions for their favorite streaming platform or buy games they want to play.
|Article||Dollar Card Application Process|
|Who can Apply?||All Nepalese|
|Requirements||Bank Account, PAN Card, Citizenship|
|Issue Fee||Depends on Bank|
|Issue time||Instant | 3 to 4 Weeks|
|Maximum Limit||$500 per Year|
|Annual Fee||Depends on Bank|
|Top up/Reloadable||Yes, up to $500 in a Year|
How to Make Dollar card in Nepal 2023
To get your dollar cards in Nepal you can visit your bank’s nearest branch or apply through their Website or App.
Anyone with a bank account can create International physical or virtual cards that their banks offer.
Documents required to Create Dollar Card in Nepal
NRB, or Nepal Rastra Bank, has allowed banks to distribute cards that can be used online or internationally. Documents you need to provide while applying for a dollar card are
- Bank account (Your Choice of Bank)
- Personal PAN card
- Update KYC form (Not Everyone)
- Application form (Provided by Bank or Download Online) and,
- Self-declaration application (Provided by Bank or Download Online)
Step-by-Step Process to Create Dollar Card in Nepal
- Go to your Banks and ask for Dollar Card Form
- Fill up the Form
- Sign the self-declaration application
- Provide them with your PAN Card
- Fill in the amount you want NPR/USD
- Receive your card (Instant)
You can choose either virtual or physical; if you choose virtual, you will receive your card details in your email. If not, then you need to visit your bank to receive it.
See an example application form for the Global IME E-com USD Card. Here is how you can fill out the form for Dollar Cards in Nepal.
How to fill Application Form for Dollar Cards in Nepal
Self Declaration Form
This is the declaration form, where you agree to purchase only those products that are not restricted by the laws and regulations of the Nepal Government.
You should follow other rules because you agree to all the terms. Please read and fully understand before you sign.
It depends on the banks how much time they take to provide you with your Dollar card. Also, there are 2 types of dollar cards, one for Nepalese citizens and the other for those who are going foreign for travel, work, or studies.
I’ve researched a few banks’ websites, and I believe the Global IME E-com card has the cheapest issuance and top-up fee.
Note: This is for educational purposes; please do not download this form. You will need to visit Banks official website or branch for the form.
Rules to follow after you make or get Dollar Card
This is no secret that you should not involve in illegal activity; with this dollar card, you will have the opportunity to surf the web and purchase stuff.
- You can only create one dollar card. Multiple cards from multiple banks shall be punishable as per law.
- The maximum limit is $500/year, so the most you can use is $500 in a year, not more than that.
- You should not disclose Card No. and 3-digit Security Code.
- You can request your USD to be transferred back to your NPR account.
- You cannot withdraw your balance through ATM.
Issuance and Top Up Fee for Dollar Cards in Nepal
Banks in Nepal charge a small issue fee for Dollar cards and also for adding more balance. These fees vary depending on the Bank you choose.
To help you choose and get better rates and service we’ve included a table below comparing issuance and top-up fees for Dollar cards at different banks. You will see some banks has higher fees compared to other.
|Bank Name||Issue Fee||Top Up Fee|
|Global IME Bank: Global E-com Card||NPR 500, Personalized: NPR 600||NIL|
|NIC Asia: NIC ASIA FCY Freedom Card||NPR 350||NPR 250 (Free for 1st Load)|
|BOK||NPR 1,000||NPR 250|
|MBL: Machhapuchchre Dollar Card||USD 10||USD 2|
|Kumari Bank: Kumari $eCom Card||NPR 500||NPR 500|
|Citizen Bank||NPR 500||NPR 500|
|Nabil Bank: Nabil iCard (Virtual)||NPR 1000||NPR 500|
|Sunrise Bank: Sunrise E-card||NPR 1000||NRP 100, OTP 100|
|NMB: NMB Dollar Card (Virtual)||NPR 500||NPR 500|
|Siddhartha Bank: Siddhartha eCom Card||NPR 1000||Not Known|
These fees might change in the future, will try to update them as frequently as possible. Please do your research as well or contact your bank for more information.
List of Banks that Provide Dollar Cards in Nepal
Both commercial and development banks listed below provide USD or international cards in Nepal. The list of banks is divided into two parts commercial and development banks.
Commercial Banks that provide Dollar cards in Nepal
There are 27 commercial banks in Nepal that provide this service to their customer.
|Himalayan Bank||Sanima Bank||Standard Chartered||Nabil Bank|
|Nepal SBI Bank||Citizens Bank||Siddhartha Bank||Bank Everest Bank|
|Prabhu Commercial||Nepal Bank||Machhapuchchre Bank||Sunrise Bank|
|Bank of Kathmandu||Civil Bank||Nepal Investment Bank||Global IME|
|Nepal Bangladesh Bank||Laxmi Bank||Century Commercial Bank||Kumari Bank|
|Rastriya Banijya Bank||Mega Bank||Nepal Commerce and Credit Bank||Prabhu Bank|
|NIC Asia Bank||NMB Bank||Agriculture Development Bank|
Development Banks in Nepal for USD Card
Even if you have a Bank account in a Development bank then also you can create an international prepaid card from Nepal, see the list of banks below.
|Corporate Development Bank||Jyoti Bikas Bank||Kamana Sewa Bikas Bank||Shangri-la Development Bank|
|Excel Development Bank||Karnali Bikash Bank||Sindhu Bikas Bank||Shine Rasunga Development Bank|
|Saptakoshi Development Bank||Lumbini Bikash Bank||Sahara Bikas Bank||Narayani Development Bank|
|Green Development Bank||Mahalaxmi Bikash Bank||Salapa Bikash Bank||Muktinath Bikash Bank|
|Miteri Development Bank||Garima Bikas Bank|
FAQ about International USD Card in Nepal
What is Dollar Card in Nepal?
Normal debit or credit cards are only usable in either Nepal or India. But if you get a Dollar card in Nepal, you can make online transactions. Such as game top-ups, TikTok balance, buying subscriptions to Netflix, and others.
Creating a dollar card is unnecessary if you do not need it; these are USD cards that can be used online outside of Nepal.
How can I get Dollar Card in Nepal?
You can get your dollar card in Nepal through
1. Bank Application
3. Mobile App
Visit your bank and ask for a dollar card or e-com USD card application form, fill it up, and submit it with your Personal PAN card. Some banks will give you your card instantly, while some may take time.
Is there a limit or usage of Dollar Cards in Nepal?
Yes, you can use only $500 yearly; this is the limit set by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) if you wish to use this card.
Any amount above that does not apply to a Nepalese individual.
What documents do I need to make a dollar card?
To make a Dollar Card, all you need is a Bank Account (any commercial or development bank), a Personal PAN card, and application forms given by banks are the only documents needed.
Will I get physical or virtual dollar cards in Nepal?
Most banks have options you can choose from, depending on whether you want a physical or virtual dollar card.
The only difference between a physical and virtual dollar card in Nepal is virtual cards are easier and quicker to get, and you do not need to visit the bank to collect your card. You will receive your virtual dollar card in your email.
How much does it cost to create dollar cards in Nepal?
Commercial and Development banks are distributing these cards on request and have set their fees for issuing, renewing, lost/remaking, and top-ups (recharging cards with USD).
Click here to compare different fees banks charge for Dollar cards in Nepal.