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Foreign Currency Usage Limits

Purchase Limits

Product Card Type Limit / Month
Credit Card MasterCard Premier Credit Card No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
MasterCard Advance Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
Visa Platinum Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
Visa Gold / Classic Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Debit Card Premier Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits
Debit Card
Advance Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits
Debit Card
Personal Banking Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits

Purchase Limits

Product Credit Card
Card Type MasterCard Premier Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type MasterCard Advance Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type Visa Platinum Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type Visa Gold / Classic Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Debit Card
Card Type Premier Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits
Product Debit Card
Card Type Advance Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits
Product Debit Card
Card Type Personal Banking Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits

Change is effective starting 15 November 2017.

Debit cards daily limits apply.

Cash Withdrawal Limits

Product Card Type Limit / Month
Debit and Credit cards Apply on all cards USD 10,000*

Cash Withdrawal Limits

Product Debit and Credit cards
Card Type Apply on all cards
Limit / Month USD 10,000*

*Set on the customer level i.e. cover all card types owned by the customers both credit and debit cards.

Above limit is effective starting 15 July 2019.

Please note that transactions in foreign currency are converted into the equivalent in Egyptian Pounds at the prevailing market rate at the posting date and not at the transaction date attracting the foreign currency mark–up fees and charges as per the 'Schedule of Charges' announced on our website. Foreign Currency Transactions are converted into your billing currency by the card scheme (Visa or MasterCard®) or HSBC using their applicable exchange rates on the day conversion is made (which is the transaction posting date on HSBC system and not the actual date of transaction and which may involve a conversion to US Dollars or Hong Kong Dollars first).

Frequently Asked Questions

Section I: Foreign currency purchase (non-cash) limits

What are the new HSBC cards foreign currency purchase limits?

The new HSBC cards foreign currency purchase limits are:

Product Card Type Limit / Month
Credit Card MasterCard Premier Credit Card No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
MasterCard Advance Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
Visa Platinum Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Credit Card
Visa Gold / Classic Credit Card
No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Debit Card Premier Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits
Debit Card
Advance Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits
Debit Card
Personal Banking Visa Debit Card
No international spend limits

The new HSBC cards foreign currency purchase limits are:

Product Credit Card
Card Type MasterCard Premier Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type MasterCard Advance Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type Visa Platinum Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Credit Card
Card Type Visa Gold / Classic Credit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits - Up to your HSBC credit card limit
Product Debit Card
Card Type Premier Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits
Product Debit Card
Card Type Advance Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits
Product Debit Card
Card Type Personal Banking Visa Debit Card
Limit / Month No international spend limits

Please note that transactions in foreign currency are converted into the equivalent in Egyptian Pounds at the prevailing market rate at the posting date and not at the transaction date attracting the foreign currency mark–up fees and charges as per the 'Schedule of Charges' announced on our website. Foreign Currency Transactions are converted into your billing currency by the card scheme (Visa or MasterCard®) or HSBC using their applicable exchange rates on the day conversion is made (which is the transaction posting date on HSBC system and not the actual date of transaction and which may involve a conversion to US Dollars or Hong Kong Dollars first).

What is the effective date for the capping change?

Change is effective starting 15 November 2017. 

Will the purchase limit be refreshed on monthly basis?

For all card types, there will no capping on the foreign currency purchase transactions. The credit card can be used overseas up to the credit limit, while the debit card can be used overseas up to the daily limit.

How will the foreign currency transactions be converted into the equivalent in Egyptian Pounds?

Transactions in foreign currency is converted into the equivalent in Egyptian Pounds at the prevailing market rate at the posting date and not at the transaction date attracting the foreign currency mark–up fees and charges as per the 'Schedule of Charges' announced on our website. Foreign Currency Transactions are converted into your billing currency by the card scheme (Visa or MasterCard®) or HSBC using their applicable exchange rates on the day conversion is made (which is the transaction posting date on HSBC system and not the actual date of transaction and which may involve a conversion to US Dollars or Hong Kong Dollars first).

Section II: Foreign currency cash limits

What are the new cards foreign currency cash capping?

HSBC Cards cash overseas withdrawal limit per month will be USD 10,000 (or equivalent) effective 15 July 2019.

Note: The monthly capping of USD 10,000 (or equivalent) applies to the overall cash withdrawals by the card customer overseas (covering all his accounts & Cards - irrelevant of the account currency).

What are the transactions that fall under this monthly capping?

The following transactions are included within the new capping of USD 10,000/month: 

  • All ATM cash withdrawals from customer accounts using Debit Cards
  • All ATM cash withdrawals from customer accounts using Credit Cards
  • All Cash Advance transactions from ATM machines using credit cards

When will the system start calculating the cash FCY usage based on the above cap?

System logic is based on the calendar month. That is to say, the cap to USD 10,000 (or equivalent) will be refreshed by the start of each month. 

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