GTBank suspends international transactions on naira Mastercards

Guaranty Trust Bank customers will no longer be able to conduct international transactions using their naira-denominated ATM card.

The bank announced the suspension of international online and point-of-sale transactions on naira Mastercard beginning December 31, 2022.

Customers of the bank will be required to obtain dollar cards for all international transactions as a result of this development.

Letter to customers: While the bank did not give any reason for this action, GTBank in a letter to its customers on Thursday wrote:

According to the bank, the dollar card allows ATM Withdrawal of $1,000 daily or the equivalent in the transaction’s local currency. It added that with the dollar card, there is no limit to international PoS or online transactions and there is no annual spending limit.

Similar actions: Earlier in September this year, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks, First Bank had also announced the suspension of international transactions on its naira Mastercard virtual card and visa prepaid naira card from September 30.

  • “Due to current market realities on foreign exchange, you will no longer be able to use the Naira Mastercard, Naira Credit Card, our Virtual card and Visa Prepaid Naira card for international transactions. This will take effect on 30 September 2022,” First Bank said in a statement to its customers.
  • “Please use your Visa Debit Multicurrency Card, Visa Prepaid (USD) Card and Visa Gold Credit Card to continue transacting abroad with limits of up to $10,000,” the bank added.

In July, Standard Chartered Bank also suspended international transactions on its naira visa debit card. Flutterwave, Eversend, and other fintech platforms had also stopped virtual card services for international transactions.

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