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9 Travel E-Wallets To Make Payment With Just Your Phone, Don’t Have To Go Money Changer

Best travel e-wallets in Singapore

Suffice to say that we enjoy the e-zy things in life – from e-commerce to travel eSIMS. These digital versions of everyday things and activities make our lives much more convenient and accessible. Adding on to the list of e-somethings are e-wallets, an online solution to those who have the tendency to lose their personal belongings. 

These nifty electronic wallets basically provide the same functions as your physical wallet – like storing credit card information and making payments online and physically even when travelling. We’ve rounded up a list of e-wallets available for your consideration, so you no longer have to fumble around with actual cards. 

1. Wise – Store & exchange over 40 currencies including Ringgit

Image credit: Wise

Globetrotters, listen up. Wise allows you to exchange and store over 40 currencies in the e-wallet, including the British Pound, Malaysian Ringgit, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Thai Baht, and Euro. Aside from these currencies, you can also use Wise to make both online and offline purchases in more than 160 currencies, sans foreign transaction fees. 

You’re allowed to make 2 free withdrawals overseas amounting to S$350 each time too. You can also transfer funds to your friends or family overseas in over 70 countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, and Malaysia. 

Full list of countries that support Wise

Download the Wise app

2. Revolut  – Has a disposable virtual card for one-time payments

You can also trade stocks and crypto currencies via the app.
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Revolut has 3 tiers – Standard (free), Premium ($9.99/month), and Metal ($19.99/month) – but we’ll focus on Standard. This tier lets you exchange 33 currencies, such as US Dollar, Thai Baht, and Euro, and you can store up to S$5,000/month. The e-wallet also has a budgeting function that helps track and limit your spending, so you don’t go overboard with your shopping. 

Speaking of shopping, Revolut has a disposable virtual card which can be safely used when purchasing items online. A unique card number will be randomly generated, and once used, it will be erased from the system forever. 

Full list of countries that support Revolut.

Download Revolut

3. Citibank Global Foreign Currency Account – Insured by government

Citibank Global Foreign Currency Account
The Citibank Debit Card.
Image credit: Citi

The Citibank Global Foreign Currency Account is the e-wallet for those who travel a tonne, as you can withdraw cash at any Citi ATM in the world without incurring additional charges. Of course, there’s also the option to transact and exchange 14 different currencies like the Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, and Euro. 

Citibank Debit Card users can also link their card to the e-wallet, and there will be no extra currency conversion costs. The e-wallet is also under the Singapore Deposit Insurance Scheme, in which up to S$75,000 is insured – so rest easy knowing that you’re protected by the Government. 

Full list of countries that support Citibank.

Apply for the Citibank Global Foreign Currency Account.

4. YouTrip – Comes with free contactless Mastercard


In the world of e-wallets, YouTrip might be pretty familiar to most of us. Users are able to store and exchange in 10 currencies, including Euro, US Dollar, and Australian Dollar. While this may not be a lot, you can apply for the free contactless Mastercard and use it to make online and physical purchases in over 150 countries – no transaction fees included. 

For our absent-minded folk with a track record of losing things, you’ll be thrilled to know that the app lets you instantly lock your physical and digital card. There’s no need to go through the hassle of dealing with customer service and cancelling your physical card. Then, you can unlock your card via the app immediately once you’ve relocated your missing card.

Full list of countries that support YouTrip.

Sign up for YouTrip.

5. GrabPay – Earn points for food delivery & cab rides

grab pay

If you’re guilty of taking cab rides and getting your food delivered often, GrabPay might help to ease your conscience. When you use the digital or physical card for transactions, you’ll be able to earn reward points which can be redeemed via the app. 

Additionally, plenty of hawkers and smaller merchants now accept GrabPay as it has lower merchant fees as compared to credit cards, so this form of payment is always handy to have. If you have other friends using GrabPay, there’s also the option of transferring GrabPay credits to them too. 

Full list of countries that support GrabPay.

Download the Grab app

6. FavePay – Get instant cashback

FavePay can be used in Singapore and Malaysia. 

For those who travel to Malaysia constantly, consider jumping on the FavePay wagon. It’s commonly used in both Singapore and Malaysia, and you can link all debit and credit cards – including GrabPay – to your account. Those based in Malaysia can also receive online transfers from banks such as Maybank2u, OCBC Bank, and RHB Now. 

Another reason why FavePay is such a fav is the instant cashback you can earn. Purchases from retail, F&B, and even entertainment merchants gets you up to 20% cashback – yes, 20%. Just think about how many bubble tea drinks you can redeem with that. 

Download the Fave app.

7. Instarem – Collect miles for every dollar spent

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You don’t have to be a frequent flyer to rack up miles. Every dollar spent with Instarem earns you miles, as long as you link an air miles credit cards such as the UOB Lady’s Card or Citi Premier Miles Card. 

Otherwise, you’re free to add up to 5 debit and credit Mastercards to this e-wallet. You’ll earn InstaPoints when you make overseas transactions, and these points can be redeemed for cashback. P.S. there isn’t any foreign transaction costs, so feel free to go ham. 

Full list of countries that support Instarem.

Sign up for Instarem

8. Apple Wallet – Convenient sign-in with Face ID

apple wallet
Image credit: Apple

You’re either on team Android or team Apple. For those in the latter group, you’ll probably be familiar with Apple Wallet, the in-built app. You can link up to 8 cards, and it’ll save your details and pre-fill the information when you checkout online. It also stores other items like flight tickets, gift cards, and digital car keys which are defo useful. 

For those worried about privacy issues, Apple has explicitly stated that it will not track your transactions – but it’s ultimately on you to protect your personal information. To log in and access your cards, simply use Touch ID or Face ID. No typing of passwords needed which is super convenient for on-the-go purchases. 

Full list of countries that support Apple Pay.

9. Google Wallet – Rounds up your total spending

On the other hand, we have Google Wallet. Think of it as the Apple Pay counterpart, with similar functions including the ability to save and pre-fill details when you’re making online transactions. It’s also where you can store plane tickets, e-coupons, and loyalty cards. 

google pay
Google Pay on iPhone.
Image credit: Joycelyn Yeow

Under Google Wallet is Google Pay – and don’t let its name fool you as this app is available for both Android and IOS users. You can send money to your pals, track your expenditures, and even search for deals on the app. 

Full list of countries that support Google Wallet.

Download Google Pay on App Store and Google Play

Download these e-wallets to make your life e-zier

It’s time to join the digital age, people. If you haven’t already converted to an e-wallet, let this be your sign. The next time you’re out with your friends or travelling with your family, you can conveniently whip out your phone and make payment. 

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