0% Foreign Fees Credit Cards

Compare credit cards with lower foreign fees and save money when you shop overseas.

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Credit cards with lower foreign transaction fees are designed to help you save money, by offering you reduced fees when you’re travelling overseas or shopping online with an international retailer. In comparison, most other credit cards charge a fee of 2–3% of each international transaction you make.

Use this guide to compare cards that charge lower foreign currency conversion fees. We also go through different travel money expenses and how you can minimise them so that you get the most out of your money when you’re overseas or shopping online.

Are there any cards that don't charge any foreign transaction fees in Singapore?

At the time of writing (December 2019), there’s no card in Singapore that doesn’t charge any foreign transaction fee. However, there is a handful of card issuers that waive off the admin fee, leaving only the payment network fee and the dynamic currency conversion fee (if applicable) payable.

If you’re looking for 0% foreign fee cards, you may want to consider multicurrency wallets or prepaid cards instead.

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Receive S$150 cash back or a Samsonite T5 Spinner luggage

Offer ends 31 March 2020

HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card

Apply today and enjoy 5% cash back on all purchases. No minimum spend required.

  • Principal Annual Fee: S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter.
  • Cashback Rate: 5%
  • Annual Interest Rate: 25.9%
  • Minimum Income (Singaporean & PR): S$30,000
  • Minimum Income (Non-Singaporean): S$40,000
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Name Product Reward Cashback Offer Annual Fee Min Income - Singaporean and PR
HSBC Revolution Credit Card
Up to 5X Rewards points (2 miles per S$1 spent) on qualifying purchases
S$150 cashback when you make S$800 in qualifying transactions in the first month of your account. Ends 31 March 2020
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$160.50 thereafter
S$30,000
Get free Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner luggage worth S$560. Simply make S$800 in qualifying transactions in the first month of your account. Or choose $150 cashback. Ends 31 March 2020.
Standard Chartered Unlimited Cashback Credit Card
Shopping, travel and lifestyle offers at over 3,000 outlets in Asia
Earn 1.5% cashback with no limit. Plus, there's no minimum spend
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.
UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card
6 air miles for every S$1 spent through Expedia, Agoda and UOB Travel.
Get S$150 cash credit if you spend a minimum of S$1,500 within 30 days. First 800 new customers only.
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$256.80 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy free transfers to Changi Airport. Plus, 20,000 bonus air miles if you charge S$50,000 to your card in a year.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card
Earn 1 Reward point for every $1 on all spend.
Up to S$150 cash back when you spend
S$800 in your first month. Ends 31 March 2020

S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get free Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner luggage worth S$560. Simply make S$800 in qualifying transactions in the first month of your account. Or choose $150 cashback. Ends 31 March 2020.
Standard Chartered Spree Credit Card
Up to 20% savings on your fuel
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Enjoy up to 3% cashback on all online spend in foreign currency and all vPost spend. Plus, up to 25% off on postal services and lots more.
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card
Earn 3 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 when you spend with Singapore Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir or KrisShop and 1.2 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 on all other spend.
Get S$150 cash credit if you spend S$1,500 or more within 30 days. First 800 new customers only.
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy up to 3,000 KrisFlyer miles if you charge at least S$1,500 to your credit card in the first month.
UOB Yolo Card
Wide range of discounts including at Bubble Tea Factory. Plus, complimentary travel insurance
Enjoy up to 8% cashback on dining, travel, shopping and entertainment. Plus, a further 3% cashback in selected categories
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and get up to S$230 in bonus cash credits. T&Cs apply.
Citi Rewards Credit Card
10X Rewards on certain shopping spend, including online purchases
Up to 20% cash back at selected merchants
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get 30,000 Citi Thank You points when you spend S$3,000 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 March 2020.
UOB Lady's Card
10X UNI$ (or 20 miles) per S$5 spent on chosen category with no min. spend required
New customers can get up to S$230 in bonus cash credits. Until 30 June 2020. Ts&Cs apply
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and get up to S$230 in bonus cash credits. Plus, 0% interest on some purchases for up to 12 months.
HSBC Advance Credit Card
Enjoy annual fee waivers, up to 16% off your fuel, 1-for1 lifestyle offers, and more
Enjoy up to 3.5% cashback on all purchases with no minimum spend
S$0 annual fee for 1 year (permanently waived for HSBC Advance banking customers) - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get free Samsonite T5 68cm Spinner luggage worth S$560. Simply make S$800 in qualifying transactions in the first month of your account. Ends 31 March 2020.
Standard Chartered Rewards+ Credit Card
Up to 10X rewards points for every S$1 spent in foreign currency on
overseas retail, dining and travel
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy a range of perks including 1-for-1 movie tickets with Cathay Cineplexes. Plus, complimentary travel medical insurance.
UOB One Card
Up to 10% cashback on Grab and UOB Travel transactions; 6% for your Singapore Power bill; and 5% back on all other spending
New customers can get up to S$230 in bonus cash credits. Until 30 June 2020. Ts&Cs apply
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and get up to S$230 in bonus cash credits. T&Cs apply.
Citi Cash Back Card
Get up to 20.88% off fuel. Plus, travel offers in 95 countries
8% cash back on dining, groceries and petrol transactions
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get a welcome gift of S$120 cash back when you spend S$1,200 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021.
American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card
Complimentary stay at a Hilton hotel in Asia Pacific each year. Plus, enjoy four airport lounge passes
N/A
S$337.05 annual fee
S$50,000
Earn 16,000 KrisFlyer miles if you spend at least S$10,000 within the first three months. Ends 30 April 2020.
UOB PRVI Miles Visa Card
6 air miles for every S$1 spent through Expedia, Agoda and UOB Travel
Get S$150 cash credit when you apply. Minimum S$1,500 spend within 30 days. First 800 eligible applicants only
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$256.80 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy up to S$150 in cash credits. Plus, free travel cover.
American Express Platinum Credit Card
Up to 50% off your food bill for unlimited visits at hotels around Singapore
N/A
S$321 annual fee
S$50,000
Get Samsonite luggage (worth S$600) and a 1-night stay at Swissotel The Stamford Singapore (worth S$529) when you pay the annual fee in the first statement and spend S$4,500 in the first 3 months. Ends 31 March 2020.
Citi Prestige Card
Deals and discounts in more than 90 countries. Also, get six complimentary golf games across Asia
Up to 20% cashback at selected merchants
S$535 annual fee
S$120,000
Get a welcome gift of 62,500 Citi ThankYou Points (25,000 Miles) or Gadget Welcome Gift. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 March 2020.
American Express True Cashback Card
Enjoy free travel insurance benefits of up to S$350,000
Earn 1.5% cashback on all eligible spending. no minimum spend or cap
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$171.20 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and get a 3% Cashback bonus when you spend S$5,000 in the first six months.
American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card
Enjoy money-saving offers on Hertz, Grab and at restaurants in Singapore and overseas
S$150 cashback for use at singaporeair.com when you spend a minimum of S$12,000 untill 30 June 2020
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$176.55 thereafter
S$30,000
Earn 8,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles when you spend S$5,000 in the first 3 months of card membership. Ends 30 April 2020.
UOB PRVI Miles World Mastercard
6 air miles for every S$1 spent through Expedia, Agoda and UOB Travel
Get S$150 cash credit when you apply. Minimum S$1,500 spend within 30 days. First 800 eligible applicants only.
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$256.80 thereafter
S$30,000
Apply today and enjoy up to S$150 in cash credits. Plus, free travel cover.
Citibank SMRT Card
Up to 5% savings on groceries, fast food, movies, and coffee. Plus, 3% savings on online shopping
Redeem S$10 cash back for shopping vouchers with every 10 SMRT$ earned
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get a welcome gift of S$120 cash back when you spend S$1,200 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2021.
Citi PremierMiles Card
Deals and discounts in 95 countries. Plus, 10% off on hotel bookings with Expedia
Up to 10% cash back at selected merchants
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Get 37,300 miles when you spend S$9,000 in the first 3 months. Annual fee applies. Ends 31 March 2020.
American Express CapitaCard
Earn 3X STAR$ when you shop at participating CapitaLand malls, and more
Get a referral bonus of S$50 worth of CapitaVouchers when you refer a friend
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$171.20 thereafter
S$30,000
Add supplementary cardholders and get S$20 worth of CapitaVouchers for each approved member (up to two cardholders). Ends 30 April 2020.
Maybank Business Platinum Mastercard
Get your business logo printed on your card. Plus, enjoy a global concierge service
Get up to S$50 cash credits to offset your credit card payments
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$180 thereafter
N/A
Get up to S$1 million in Travel Accident Insurance when you purchase flights or travel packages using your card.
Maybank eVibes Card - The Student Card
Up to 8% off accommodation bookings globally with AGODA
1% cash rebate on all spend
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$20 thereafter
N/A
Get an Adidas wristwatch worth S$120 when you use your card in the first month. First 500 successful applicants only.
Maybank Platinum Visa Card
Get complimentary travel cover of up to S$500,000
Up to 3.33% cash rebates on local spending - up to a monthly limit of S$100
S$0 annual fee for 3 years - S$80 thereafter
S$30,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank Family & Friends Credit Card
Earn up to 3X interest on your child's savings with Maybank Family Plus
Up to 8% cashback with minimum spend of S$800 per month
S$0 annual fee for 3 years - S$180 thereafter
S$30,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank Manchester United Platinum Visa Card
Chance to win a trip for 2 to watch Manchester United FC every season
1.6% cash rebate on all spend locally. No minimum spend or cap
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$80 thereafter
S$30,000
Get American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account a minimum of S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank DUO Platinum Mastercard
Car servicing vouchers, vehicle merchandise and more
5% cash rebate on petrol transactions in Singapore and Malaysia
S$120 annual fee
S$30,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank FC Barcelona Visa Signature Card
Chance to win a trip for 2 to watch FC Barcelona every season
1.6% cash rebate on all spend locally. No minimum spend or cap
S$120 annual fee
S$30,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank Visa Infinite Credit Card
Complimentary two-way airport limousine transfers. S$3,000 minimum spend per month
Earn up to 5X TREATS Points (2 air miles) on all spend
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$600 thereafter
S$150,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank Horizon Visa Signature Card
Complimentary access to selected VIP airport lounges. Plus, travel cover of up to S$1,000,000. Ts&Cs apply
Earn up to 3.2 Air Miles (8X TREATS Points) per dollar spent in Singaporean restaurants, petrol stations and more
S$0 annual fee for 3 years - S$180 thereafter
S$30,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Maybank World Mastercard
A range of dining, shopping and travel deals - including up to S$1,000,000 of travel insurance
10X TREATS Points (4 air miles) on every S$1 spent at selected merchants
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$240 thereafter
S$80,000
Get an American Tourister Linex 66/24 Luggage TSA (worth S$260) when you charge to your card or withdraw from your CreditAble account at least S$300 in the first 2 months.
Standard Chartered Prudential Visa Signature Card
Up to 10X rewards points on foreign spend, with no minimum spend required
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.
S$0 annual fee for 2 years - S$192.60 thereafter
S$30,000
Standard Chartered Visa Infinite X Credit Card
3 miles per $1 spent on foreign currency.
Get Cashback/Reward points/Bonus Interest on IRAS, Education, Insurance & Rental payment. T&Cs apply
S$695.50 annual fee
S$30,000
Standard Chartered Manhattan $500 Card
N/A
Earn 0.25% cashback on everything you spend.
S$0 annual fee for 1 year - S$32.10 thereafter
S$18,000
Standard Chartered Priority Banking Visa Infinite Credit Card
Earn 2.5 points for every $1 spent on your credit card
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.
S$321 annual fee
S$30,000
Apply today via MyInfo and receive up to S$100 cashback. End 31 May 2020.

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How to compare low foreign transaction fee credit cards

A bunch of credit cards offer low foreign transaction fees, so what else should you compare when considering a credit card to use overseas?

  • Overseas ATM withdrawal fees. Getting cash out of an ATM overseas can also attract a fee worth at least $5 or between 2-4% of the total transaction. Choosing a card which doesn’t charge for international ATM withdrawals can allow you to avoid this charge.
  • Cash advance fees. Even if you get a credit card that offers $0 ATM fees overseas, using it to withdraw cash can attract a cash advance fee that’s typically between 2-4% of the transaction. You’ll also be charged interest at the cash advance interest rate, which is higher than the purchase rate on most credit cards.
  • Annual fees. Some credit cards with low foreign transaction fees may also come with $0 annual fee, but others may come with yearly fees of tens or hundreds of dollars. If it does have an annual fee, make sure that the perks you’ll get from the card outweigh this cost.
  • Purchase rates. If you’re using your card to make overseas purchases but won’t be paying back your balance in full each month, you’ll need to consider the purchase interest rate.
  • Other travel benefits. Some cards offer additional travel benefits, such as complimentary travel insurance, airport lounge access or bonus frequent flyer points for your spending. Make sure you meet any requirements listed to take advantage of these perks, otherwise they won’t add to the value of the card.

How much can I save with a lower foreign transaction fee card with bank admin fee waiver?

To give you an idea of the potential savings a credit card with foreign transaction admin fees waiver, let’s say you spend $5,000 while you’re travelling overseas. If you had a card that charged a 1% admin fee and 2% for other foreign transaction fees, you’d have to pay around $150 more for your spending. A card with no foreign transaction admin fees would only require you to pay around $100 extra on your expenditure. As well as saving you money on your spending, this would also cut down on interest charges and could help you pay off your balance faster.

How does foreign currency conversion work?

When you make a purchase or transaction in a foreign currency using a Singapore credit card, the total amount needs to be converted into Singapore Dollars. The conversion process varies based on factors including the card provider and whether it’s an American Express, Mastercard or Visa product. Currency conversion exchange rates are updated on a daily basis and apply even if you have a card that charges $0 foreign fees. Please note that most banks use an exchange rate that’s less competitive than the standard rate.

How will an exchange rate appear on my credit card statement?

Say you were on a trip to New York and used your Singapore credit card to pay for a pair of shoes worth US$100. If the exchange rate between US dollars and Singapore dollars was US$0.75 per S$1, then this transaction would be converted to S$132.18. So, instead of your credit card statement showing a transaction of US$100, it would show one of S$132.18.

What exchange rate will I receive?

Depending on the card you’re using, you will receive the exchange rate set by Mastercard, Visa or American Express. The following diagram explains how Singapore credit cards convert currency with American Express, Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay:

Mastercard, Visa and American Express will convert the foreign currency amount to USD before converting it to S$ (unless your transaction is already in USD). Both of these conversions will transfer at the daily exchange rate.

UnionPay will convert your foreign currency amount directly to S$ at the daily exchange rate.
  • Mastercard, Visa and American Express. All transactions made in a currency other than United States Dollars (USD) will be converted to USD before it is converted to S$.
  • UnionPay. Transactions made in the following currencies will be converted directly to Singapore Dollars (S$):
    • United States Dollars (USD)
    • Chinese Yuan (CNY)
    • Brunei Dollar (BND)

For transactions made in any other foreign currencies, UnionPay will convert the currency to USD before it is converted to S$. As a result, if the Singapore Dollar is not favourable against the United States Dollar, using a UnionPay credit card for any of the listed currencies could be the most cost-effective option.

Mastercard and Visa both have their own currency conversion calculators, but you can also compare exchange rates from popular transfer providers on Finder.

What is Dynamic Currency Conversion?

When you shop overseas with a Singapore-issued card, you may be asked if you’d like to spend in the local currency or Singapore dollars. This refers to Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) and opting to pay with Singapore dollars will subject your purchase to extremely poor exchange rates from the DCC and additional bank charge from your credit charge issuer. If you’re spending with a card with 0% on foreign transaction fees, you should always opt to pay in the local currency rather than in Singapore dollars. Want to know more about DCC? You can see finder’s guide to Dynamic Currency Conversion for more information.


What other travel money options are available?

It’s often useful to have several ways to access money when you’re overseas. As well as a credit card, you may want to consider some of these other travel money products:

  • Foreign cash. Having cash on hand when you’re travelling overseas can come in handy if you’re spending somewhere that doesn’t accept card (such as transport tickets, taxis or at markets). Using cash is also another easy way to avoid foreign transaction fees. You can check out finder’s guide to buying foreign currency to get started.
  • Debit card. Your everyday Mastercard or Visa debit card can also be used overseas, wherever these brands are accepted. Just keep in mind that currency conversion fees may also apply for a debit card and be aware of the potential complications if your account’s security is compromised while you’re away. You can also compare debit cards with low foreign transaction fees on Finder.
  • Prepaid cards. You can also use a prepaid card load and spend funds in multiple supported currencies. When you move currency from Singapore dollars to a supported foreign currency, it’s also locked in at the current exchange rate (which could help you avoid fluctuating rates and manage your budget better while you’re travelling). When you spend in a supported foreign currency, you can avoid currency conversion fees with these cards.

If you’re a frequent traveller or regularly shop online with international retailers, a credit card that has reduced foreign transaction fees could help you keep your costs to a minimum. Just remember to compare a range of options and look at the other features available so that you can find a credit card that suits your needs.

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