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Revolut Singapore Review

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We take a closer look at the banking app that's breaking down borders.

Revolut is a digital banking app and card that focuses on technology, low fees and premium features. It’s designed for those who travel frequently and offers ways to spend abroad, including international money transfers with no hidden fees.

This review covers everything you can do with Revolut in Singapore, including how it works, what it costs and its pros and cons, to help you establish whether Revolut is right for you.

S$0

Monthly fee

S$0

ATM fee for SGD withdrawals

0.5%

Currency conversion fee

Details

Product NameRevolut Standard
Monthly feeS$0
Card deliveryUp to 9 working days
Supported currencies

21

Card feeS$0
ATM fee for SGD withdrawalsS$0
International ATM Fee2%
Currency conversion fee0.5%
Fee-free ATM withdrawal limit$350 per month
Mobile PaymentsApple Pay, Google Pay
Card typeMastercard
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How does Revolut work?

Revolut is a digital banking app that lets you spend globally at a minimal cost. It comes with three account tiers, starting at $0 per month for the Standard account.

For all membership tiers, Revolut gives you a free digital banking account, a physical card, a virtual card and a disposable virtual card so you can spend your money. You can spend in over 150 currencies at the interbank exchange rate and exchange 28 fiat currencies.

There are a number of features that come with each account tier, such as free ATM withdrawals, as well as exclusive features that come with the Premium and Metal accounts.

Key features

The app is simple, easy to navigate and streamlined. With Revolut, you can do the following:
  • Use it as a debiting account. You can set up recurring payments, transfer or request for funds and withdraw cash at international ATMs. You’ll be able to view your balance on a spending-visualisations screen.
  • Make international payments. The app lets you transfer money to 150 countries, fee-free, at the interbank exchange rate (the same rates banks give each other).
  • Spend globally fee-free. All spending abroad is also charged at the interbank rate.
  • Hold different currencies in your account. You can hold a balance or make an exchange in the app in 28 currencies.
  • Pay friends or request payments. You’re able to pay other people, request for payments, or use the split-bill feature to divide a group spend with ease.
  • View spending habits. Using analytics, your spending will be categorised by type of transaction, by merchant or by country.
  • Control your card and account. You can lock and unlock your card in the Revolut app as well as set monthly spending limits.
  • Save money. Revolut’s Vault feature let you build up funds for a specific funding goal. Keep in mind it doesn’t pay any interest like a normal savings account, but it can be helpful for saving towards short-term goals.
  • Worldwide acceptance. Revolut cards can be used wherever Visa is accepted, whether in stores or online at over 61 million merchant locations around the world.
  • Rewards. Benefit from personalised cashback and discounts when you spend at Revolut’s partner merchants, including Amazon, Lazada, Nike and Zalora.
  • Instant balance top-up. Reload funds from your bank account to your Revolut account fast and conveniently.
  • Customer service available 24/7. Get in touch with customer service directly through Revolut’s app. Paid accounts are also entitled to concierge service and priority customer support.
  • No credit check. Unlike other banks, this one won’t check your credit.
  • Pay friends. You can pay friends through the app or use the split bill feature to divide a group spend.

How do the Revolut accounts work?

Revolut offers three account tiers, Standard, Premium and Metal, each with different features and costs:

Fees and limits

  • Foreign currency transaction markups. Revolut applies a markup of 0.5% on major currencies and 1% on other currencies over the weekend when markets are closed. But Thai Baht and Ukrainian hryvnia will always get a 1% markup even during open markets, which will rise to 2% on weekends.
  • Standard account fee for foreign currency transfers. If you hold the Standard account you won’t be charged for currency transfers up to Up to S$9000 per month, after which you’ll pay a 0.5% fee.
  • Free overseas ATM withdrawals are capped each month. You’ll need to pay a 2% fee on withdrawal amounts exceeding the monthly cap for all Revolut accounts.
  • Card delivery fee. Standard account-holders are charged a fee for card delivery.
  • Payment limits. In alignment with Singapore’s Payment Services Act, all Revolut Singapore accounts have a daily storage limit of $5,000 (or equivalent). If you choose to link an external bank account, Revolut will automatically transfer any balance in excess of $5,000 to this external account before the end of the day. Additionally, Singapore users can transact no more than $30,000 (or equivalent) each year.

Withdrawing from local ATMs

At the time of writing, you cannot withdraw cash domestically within Singapore with the Revolut card. The company has stated that they are currently working on this feature, so stay tuned.

The verdict

Revolut is a great option to consider if you’re looking for a feature-packed alternative to your standard current account. You can still benefit from a number of useful features with the free account, including budgeting tools and foreign currency. If you’re up for spending a bit more, Premium and Metal offer a number of features designed for travellers and those looking for an easy way to transfer between currencies.

Just make sure the features on offer are going to be beneficial to you before signing up. You should also take into consideration that you currently cannot withdraw cash from ATMs in Singapore.

How to sign up

If you’re at least 18 years old, you can sign up for a Revolut account by clicking “Go to Site” and registering:
  1. Open the Revolut app and enter your phone number.
  2. Create a password.
  3. Enter the six-digit code you receive.
  4. Enter your first and last name, date of birth and address.
  5. Take a photo of your NRIC (front and back)
  6. Take a selfie
  7. Allow time for verification

Once verified, deposit at least $40 to your Revolut balance so you can proceed to request a physical or virtual card.

Compare Revolut with other digital banks in Singapore

Data updated regularly
Name Product Monthly fee Card delivery Supported currencies Mobile Payments
YouTrip
S$0
5-8 business days

10

Apple Pay, Google Pay

Use promo code FINDER5 to earn $5 on signup.

A prepaid Mastercard with no monthly fees, contactless payment features and fee-free transactions in over 150 currencies. NOTE: Promo code valid for new signups and Singapore residents only.
Aspire Business Account
S$0
3-5 business days

1

Apple Pay, Google Pay
A virtual business debit card to help you manage business expenses. No foreign exchange fees and cashback perks of up to 1% on selected spending.
TransferWise Multicurrency Account
S$0
2 - 3 business days

6

Apple Pay, Google Pay
A debit card with fee-free payments in over 45 currencies and competitive currency conversion at real exchange rates.
Revolut Premium
S$9.99
Up to 4 working days

21

Apple Pay, Google Pay
On top of standard Revolut perks, this debit card comes with unlimited spending and free overseas ATM withdrawals, up to $700 per month.
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2 Comments

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    Ong
    November 28, 2020

    When will Revolut allow companies in Singapore to establish a corporate account ?

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      Zyane
      November 28, 2020

      Hi Kim Chuan,

      Thanks for contacting Finder Singapore.

      Unfortunately, Revolut Business is not available at the moment. However, you can sign up for the waitlist on Revolut Business website so that you’d be notified once it’s available. Simply select your account type and you’d be prompted to register for its waiting list.

      Feel free to contact us if you’ve any further enquiries.

      Cheers,
      Zyane Tan

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