iCard is a licensed e-money institution offering Visa, multi-currency, ewallet and payment solutions to over 30 European countries. It was founded in Bulgaria in 2007 by Christo Georgiev. In this article, we will show you how to open iCard account and review its services.
How to Open iCard Account
iCard offers a multicurrency account. Therefore, you can open up to three account in each of the 7 currencies, which are EUR, USD, GBP, CHF, HRK, BGN and RON. You can open your account using Android or iOS. Documents needed include your national ID, proof of address if your ID does not show proof of address. A proof of address can be a bank statement, utility bill isssued in the last 3 months (except mobile phone bills). If your country of origin is outside EEA, you need to provide residence permit. iCard may ask for alternative documents if your ID expires in less than 3 month or your ID is not a biometric document.
Identity verification is done via a video chat and it will be completed within 24 hours after the chat. You will be notified via email. Identity verification takes between 3 to 5 minutes.
Types of iCard Plans
iCard offer three types of plans, which come with zero monthly fee:
Starter plan has limited functionality which include iCard Messenger, GiftCards and digital loyalty and discount cards. You can digitize your loyalty and bonus cards that work with barcodes and store them in your phone instead of piling them up in your wallet.
The Standard plan gives you 3 IBAN accounts for each of the 7 supported currencies, 2 free virtual cards and bank transfer facilities, in addition to all iCard features and services and transactional limits of up to 50,000.00 EUR per month. The plans has no minimum monthly requirements.
iCard for Business
iCard for Business plan operates in over 10 currencies. The plan gives you as many Visa and Mastercard business debit cards as you want. You can give the cards to key employees and set individual limits over their spending. The plan supports mass payouts, free money transfers, SEPA and SWIFT transfers. This plan is ideal for functions such as affiliate payouts, ongoing subscription services and purchases from multiple suppliers.
How to Add Funds
There are many options available to iCard customers to add funds to their cards. You can fund iCard from a debit or credit card. But you should first store the in your digital wallet and verify it. You are allowed to store up to 5 debit/credit cards with the Standard plan.
You can also order a bank transfer from any bank around the world to your iCard digital wallet IBAN. This option is only available to the Standard Plan. You can request money from family and friends who are iCard customers. Transfers are free for both sides. In addition, you can make ifund your ewallet from a bank account through Trustly.
Sending and Receiving Funds
There is an array of options to send and receive money to and from your IBAN accounts in iCard. You can send and receive funds for free from other iCard users. You can also send and receive domestic and European bank transfers in EUR via SEPA credit transfer scheme. You can send and receive international bank transfers in any currency via SWIFT.
Transfers between iCard users are instant. Funds between users can be transfered via iCard messenger or with QR codes. SEPA transfers take up to 10 seconds while SWIFT transfers may take between 2 to 5 business days.
iCard offers both MasterCard and Visa contactless debit card that can be used for online and POS payments on any contactless POS terminals. The cards have zero monthly fees. There are no transactional fees for payments on POS and online payments.
For 9.99 EUR monthly fee, you can also opt for iCard Visa Infinite, a premium class card with a lot of benefits for frequent travelers and shoppers such as personal concierge 24/7, VIP airport lounge access, priority problem resolution, higher ATM and payment limits and special offers for top hotels.
iCard operates in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
iCard undergoes annual external security audit in order to maintain PCI-DSS Level 1 certificate. The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) is created by Visa, Mastercard and other debit/credit card providers. iCard is licensed under the European E-Money Institutions Directive. Customers funds are kept in “segregated” accounts at partner banks. This means the funds are never invested or traded as loans.
|Open account||Free of charge|
|Monthly service fee||Free of charge|
|Annual service fee||Free of charge|
|Send money to other account within the system||Free of charge|
|Receive money from other account within the system||Free of charge|
|Account Funding Fees:|
|Funding via Trustly||1.5%, Min. 1.50 EUR, Max. 10.00 EUR|
|Funding via Bank transfer||Free of charge|
|Funding via consumer card MasterCard/VISA, issued in EU||0.5%, Min. 0.10 EUR|
|Funding via other type card MasterCard/VISA/JCB||1.5%, Min. 0.75 EUR|
|Outgoing transfers to bank accounts:|
|Within the system||Free of charge|
|Transfers in BGN currency||0.50 EUR|
|SEPA transfer||1.00 EUR|
|International transfer in EUR outside the EU and EEA||10.00 EUR|
|Outgoing transfer in CHF – ‘SHA’||4.00 EUR|
|Transfer in CZK currency||4.00 EUR|
|Transfer in PLN currency||15.00 EUR|
|Transfer in RON currency||4.50 EUR|
|Transfer in GBP currency within EU and EEA countries||4.50 EUR|
|Transfer in HRK currency|
|(Amount of transfer in EUR or its exchange value in foreign currency at the date of transfer)|
|≤ 500.00 EUR||2.50 EUR|
|> 500.00 EUR and ≤ 10,000.00 EUR||7.50 EUR|
|International transfer – ‘SHA’||0.2%, Min. 5.00 EUR|
|International transfer – ‘OUR’ (includes the fee for ‘SHA’)||+ 25.00 EUR|
|Request for cancellation / return of a payment – pending transfer||10.00 EUR|
|Request for cancellation / return of a payment – executed transfer in BGN||15.00 EUR|
|Request for cancellation / return of a payment – executed transfer SEPA & SWIFT||75.00 EUR + any fees charged by the Correspondent Bank|
|Investigation of an executed transfer initiated by a Correspondent Bank||50.00 EUR|
|SWIFT investigation commencing within 3 months of original transaction date||75.00 EUR + any fees charged by the Correspondent Bank|
|SEPA investigation commencing within 13 months of original transaction date||30.00 EUR + any fees charged by the Correspondent Bank|
|E-money redemption upon closing of an account||15.00 EUR|
|SEPA Direct Debit Processing||0.50 EUR|
|Refund of SEPA Direct Debit Payment||1.00 EUR|
|Tax Payment||0.25 EUR|
You can see the full list of fees here.