What Payment Methods You can Use for Online Business from Bangladesh?

Feb 13, 2017Reviews, How To45 comments

If you are a person from Bangladesh and hoping to get a suitable solution for your online payment, then you are at the right place.

The discussion I am going to do today is only for BD people and their continuous struggle for getting an easier solution for online payment.

As a Bangladeshi, I also feel the need of PayPal and easier international transaction gateway for all of us. But, due to the security reason, different currency rate, and our bank policies, it is not always available to us.

What Payment Methods You can Use for Online Business from Bangladesh

Where do most people want to spend their money online from Bangladesh?

I get many requests every week to provide USD loading service. I have to decline those normally.

I have asked several times why they need the USD or how they want to spend it. The common answers were-

  1. Facebook advertising
  2. Buying Domain & Hosting
  3. Paying for exam fees
  4. Google AdWords
  5. Buying from eBay (Amazon is not popular as they do not directly ship to Bangladesh.)

So, to my knowledge, most of them are interested in spending money on Facebook advertising and buying domain and hosting.

There is a certain rise of Online Business in recent years in Bangladesh. People are more prone to be an entrepreneur now. Many of them are trying to do affiliate marketing, e-commerce business and also working as Google AdSense publisher.

Whatever they do, their numbers are growing. So, the demand for advertising money and buying digital goods are also growing.

I can easily recall the Facebook group “E-commerce Association of Bangladesh (ecab)”; on there I have seen several threads where people are worried about their Facebook boosting/promotion. They do not have ways to pay Facebook, so they take help from others who can.

This should be easier for us.

What are the Solutions?

The number one solution could be PayPal. But, this is not going to happen. I have mentioned this many times in my previous posts.

PayPal is not going to be available for Bangladesh soon.

So, what alternatives we have in hand?

We have Payoneer card, Skrill, Payza etc. But, except Payoneer Master Card most of them are useless while paying online.

Payoneer Prepaid Card

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Almost all the freelancers in Bangladesh have Payoneer card. They get payment via this card and can withdraw to local currency too.

The idea for Payoneer was, you can receive money from anyone in the world if you are working in the online marketplace. Payoneer has evolved a lot from that concept. Now you can bill your client via Payoneer, even if you are not working on any online marketplace. You can withdraw your money via local fund transfer etc.

The card is pretty excellent as you can use it for online or offline purchase worldwide where Master card is accepted. The charges are also pretty low, except if you try to withdraw regularly from ATM.

The main problem is loading the card with USD if you are not working as a freelancer.

A Payoneer card can be loaded either via another Payoneer card or when a client sends you a bill.

As a result, many people get the card (It’s free) but do not have ways to spend USD via Payoneer.

Dual Currency Credit Card:

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If you are a Bangladeshi citizen and you have a bank account with a good transaction you can apply for a Dual Currency Credit Card.

With the Help of Credit Card, you can pay online or worldwide in POS in USD.

What you need to do is go to the bank with your valid passport and your credit card, endorse USD in it. As a Bangladesh, you can endorse 12000 USD for a calendar year against your quota. You can spend up to 300USD per transaction. Although you need to call the customer care while paying online. They will open the payment gateway for you.

Now the problem is you can’t easily get a credit card from local banks. They need you to be a job holder, a businessman or you have an FDR or DPS with them. Most of the time the limit of the credit card varies depending on what you do.

As I said, this is a solution, but not the efficient one. Still, you can pay via your credit card online or offline, worldwide.

I am using Brac Bank Universal Credit Card. The City Amex dual currency Credit card is also a good credit card for online payment.

EBL MasterCard Aqua Prepaid Card (this is a DUEL CURRENCY prepaid card)

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I have seen this card just a few days back. This card is almost like Payoneer and will cost you only 575 BDT to get one.

The card is introduced by the Eastern bank Limited. I think they have seen a good business opportunity here to introduce a dual currency prepaid card like this.

To get the card all you need to do is contact the bank with your national ID, Photograph, and application.

I hope this card will solve the problems of many young entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. You can load USD amount now from the EBL bank on this card.

Although, you will need a valid passport to endorse the USD (up to 1200 USD) in order to use the card.

The main difference between this card and other credit card is, it’s prepaid and you do not have to worry about a lot of things to get the card. Anyone as a Bangladeshi citizen over 18 years can get the card. But, to use the card in USD you will need your valid passport as per the rules.

Check the Eastern Bank Limited website for their “EBL MasterCard Aqua Prepaid Card”.

It’s not comparable to Payoneer, like you cannot get payment directly from abroad onto his card. You must load the card from Bangladesh.

And, this solves the problem for most people who do not have ways to load the Payoneer card.

Now, you have three options for paying USD amount from Bangladesh. One is Payoneer Card, which is the best if you have USD amount loaded on the card.

Otherwise, you can use a credit card or the prepaid dual currency card by EBL.

Let me know what problem you are facing as an online entrepreneur from Bangladesh.

Brac Bank Prepaid Card

Brac Bank has introduced a new kind of visa card with easy to get option. You can check with the bank for that.

This card is a dual currency prepaid debit card. You can go to any branch to get one. You will need your NID card, 2 Copies of your recent PP size photo, and your passport.

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SaveCityMaxx Debit Card

City Bank is one of the best banks in Bangladesh. With the city touch app, you can do an online transaction and fund transfer to any other bank easily.

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They already had the Duel currency credit card for international transactions. Recently their CityMaxx debit card is introduced as duel currency. So, all City bank account holder who has a saving account with them can get a CityMaxx card and endorse it in your passport to avail the dual currency facility.

Those who do not have an account can also avail of this prepaid card by going to the branch. You will need your passport to endorse USD in your card and use it online.

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45 Comments

  1. Tamal Anwar

    Hi DJ, I don’t like the social gate to read the full post. So I was unable to consume the full content. I would be more willing to share after I like it, not before hand.

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      Thank you for the feedback. I have removed the social locker. I think it’s not yet time to implement that.

      Reply
      • Tamal Anwar

        Just finished reading it. The 3rd option is a game changer in my opinion. Hope to get more and more ways and even Bkash to introduce online payment gateway/api like PayPal.

        Reply
  2. মনির উদ্দিন তামিম

    Thanks a lot. For couple of days I was struggling to find out right one. At last I got the solution. Thanks again. I would prefer EBL MasterCard Aqua Prepaid Card for myself. :)

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      All the best, let us know how the service of the Aqua Card is.

      Reply
  3. rahat hassan

    hello…can I use ebl aqua card for online shop like ebay,amazon,alibaba/aliexpress???

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      • TANVEER-UZ ZAMAN

        How much I can load at highest ?
        1200 $ monthly or yearly?

        Reply
        • DJ Rony

          According to Gov. rules a passport holder can endorse 12000 USD per year. Your max pay will define by that. For loading please contact the EBL support.

          Reply
  4. Mamun Ur Rashid

    Hi Rony This post is really awesome.As a Bangladeshi can I use EBL aqua card for facebook ads payment.I have a payoneer but they don’t accept now a days.was trying VCC? but lots of people said facebook suspend the account.

    Reply
  5. Mehadi

    hello, can I use ebl aqua card for buy air ticket from make my trip,tripadvisor etc.if yes than how.plz tell me the process

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      Yes, if they support international master card.

      Reply
  6. Md Moinul Islam

    I am a forex trader, So so far I have understood I can deposit to any forex broker using the aqua master card but what about withdrawing? I can withdraw my profit as well by this card? pls clarify

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  7. Tahseen

    Thanks a lot for this extremely helpful post. I was thinking of applying for a payza prepaid mastercard. But I guess according to your post, I wont be able to pay for facebook boasting using it. So could I use the EBL aqua prepaid card to pay for facebook boasting?How many days does it usually take to issue one after applying? Thanks in advance.

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  8. Drk Future

    Thnx for the article, may I know if this EBL Aqua card has any daily or monthly transaction limit ? bcoz it says – Daily Withdrawal Limit:
    POS: BDT 40,000 in 6 transactions
    ATM: BDT 50,000 in 6 transactions
    Can i make any number of transaction until my balance is empty ?

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      There is a limit for ATM withdrawal per day. You can POS purchase any number. Better ask the card issuer.

      Reply
  9. Dr M B

    Hi, is it possible to pay google cloud bill using EBL master aqua card?

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  10. Mohammad Tanjib Rahman

    I cannot pay on Ebay using EBL aqua card. Not sure where the issue is. Have you ever bought anything from Ebay using this card?

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      Nope, I paid via PayPal to ebay.

      Reply
      • ad

        hello…can I use ebl aqua card for uploaded money skrill ,neteller???

        Reply
        • DJ Rony

          Never tried, but you should be able to. Although many cards do not support these companies.

          Reply
  11. apnapn

    Can use this card on up work freelancing side.

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      You mean for hiring freelancers? As far I know UpWork supports only credit cards for payment.

      Reply
  12. Mamun

    can i use ebl card for pay facebook?

    Reply
  13. sazid

    can i pay for amazon kindle books by ebl?

    Reply
  14. Mahbubur

    can i link this card with paypal?

    Reply
  15. Abdiwahab Aden Ali

    Can i use my brac bank Debit card for online business transaction

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      Nope. Most debit card is not ready for international transaction. You can make transaction online for local shops, but can’t purchase anything from shops outside BD.

      Reply
  16. Sheikh Tanvir Hassan

    Can I receive payment from my client through EBL aqua?

    Reply
  17. Ali

    Can I use international prepaid card for paying amazon India from Bangladesh (Not going aboard).

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      Right now there is a restriction going on Bangladeshi credit/debit card by Bangladesh Bank. So, you first need to check with your bank.
      I guess you are not able to purchase amazon.in from Bangladesh via BD (int) cards.

      But, if you are using a card other than BD, then this should be possible. Here : https://www.amazon.in/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201895360

      Accepted as stated:

      — All international personal credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) issued outside India.

      — All Commercial MasterCard cards issued in South Asia, Middle East and Africa region; and all Visa commercial cards issued in the Asia-Pacific region.

      Reply
  18. Engr Syed Rowshan Ali

    So, what is the solution about facebook ad payment for American Express Dual Currency Credit Card.
    What I know Facebook charge for your payment at random time, but for Amex DC CC we have to call customer care and request for open foreign transaction and e-commerce and let them pre-approve about how many transaction is going on and maximum how much transaction is going on. They set the value and after the transaction we have to call them again to close the foreign transaction and e-commerce section again.
    For facebook’s random payment request, they are getting denied. So what are the options for Amex DC CC for Facebook, How others are using it?

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    • DJ Rony

      Definitely frustrating. The best thing is to contact with the facebook Ad support team and let theme know you want to pay in advance. So you can keep balance in your FB AD account. Or keep open the DC CC transaction channel.

      Reply
  19. Khairul Islam

    Is it possible to boost facebook page through aqua masteecard with bdt curency??

    Reply
    • DJ Rony

      No you need Dual Currency card. Facebook do not support BDT in payment.

      Reply
  20. Naved Akther

    Hello Can I link this EBL Dual Currency prepaid card with my PayPal account ?

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    • DJ Rony

      Unfortunately NO. Bangladeshi cards can’t be added with PayPal even it is dual currency and has endorsed.

      Any debit/prepaid/credit card has SSN number that represents the country of origin for the card. When PayPal sees that origin of the card is BD, they will reject it.

      Reply

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