Short Answer: You can only use Visa gift cards in the country where you purchase them. Because of this rule, there are no stores in the U.S. that sell international Visa gift cards. You can, however, use a Visa Prepaid debit card worldwide, as long as the issuer approves international transactions. Visa Prepaid debit cards are available from many financial institutions and retailers, including BB&T, Kroger, PNC Bank, Ralphs, TD Bank, and Walmart. Below, we answer more questions about Visa gift cards and Visa Prepaid cards.
Where to Buy International Visa Gift Cards
Visa gift cards can only be used at merchants and on websites based in the country where you purchase the gift cards. So, if you buy a Visa gift card in the U.S., you will not be able to use it outside the U.S.
Retailers like Amazon, CVS, Gift Card Mall, GiftCards.com, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, JCPenney, and Walmart sell Visa gift cards. We checked each store’s Visa gift card use policy and found that the gift cards can only be used in the U.S.
The U.S.-only use policy also applies to Visa gift cards sold by financial institutions and Vanilla Visa gifts cards.
Where to Buy International Visa Prepaid Cards
While Visa gift cards can only be used in the country where you purchased them, Visa Prepaid debit cards are typically valid worldwide. Prepaid debit cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted (except in countries where it is restricted by federal law), are reloadable, can be used at ATMs, and come with card replacement benefits if the card is lost or stolen.
Keep in mind, a Visa Prepaid card is not a good gift alternative because prepaid debit cards require the cardholder to enroll under his or her own name.
A representative for Visa told us that the international use policy for prepaid debit cards depends on the issuer. We researched several Visa Prepaid debit card options and found that the issuers listed below offer internationally-valid Visa Prepaid cards.
Note: Visa Prepaid cards typically have monthly fees of $5 to $8 and international transaction fees between 2% and 4%.
- AAA MemberPay Visa Prepaid Card
- ACE Elite Visa Prepaid Debit Card
- BB&T MoneyAccount Prepaid Debit Card
- BBVA Compass ClearSpend Visa Prepaid Card
- Commerce Bank mySpending Card
- Green Dot Prepaid Visa Card
- Kroger REWARDS Prepaid Visa Card
- MileagePlus GO Visa Prepaid Card
- Money Network Prepaid Debit Card
- MOVO Digital Prepaid Visa Card
- MyVanilla Prepaid Visa Card
- PNC SmartAccess Prepaid Visa Card
- Ralphs Rewards Visa Prepaid Debit Card
- Regions Now Card
- Rushcard Prepaid Visa Card
- TD Connect Reloadable Prepaid Card
- White Sands Federal Credit Union Visa TravelMoney Card
Visa gift cards are only valid for use in the country where you purchase them. You can, however, get a Visa Prepaid card and use it worldwide. Prepaid Visa debit cards require enrollment by the cardholder and usually charge monthly and international transaction fees. You can purchase a Visa Prepaid card from stores like Kroger, Ralphs, and Walmart, as well as banks, including BB&T, Commerce Bank, PNC Bank, and Regions Bank.