GTBank Stops International Transactions On Naira Mastercard

GUARANTY Trust Bank (GTBank) says it will suspend international transactions on its naira Mastercard from Saturday, December 31, 2022.

The bank made this known in a statement to its customers on Thursday.

It said customers will be unable to make international automated teller machine (ATM), and point of sales (POS) transactions on their naira Mastercard.

“We write to inform you that you will no longer be able to use your naira Mastercard for international online and POS transactions effective 31st December 2022,” the statement reads.

According to the statement, the bank’s dollar card allows a daily $1,000 (or equivalent in the transaction local currency) withdrawal limit on ATM transactions. It added that there would be no withdrawal limit on “annual spend and POS transactions” for the dollar cards.

The development is not the first time financial institutions are reducing spending limits or suspending international transactions on their cards.

In February and March, Zenith Bank and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) reduced the international spending limit on their naira cards from $100 to $20 a month.

Also, in July, Standard Chartered Bank suspended international transactions on its naira visa debit card.

Flutterwave, Eversend and other fintech platforms had also stopped virtual card services for international transactions.

Operating a multiple exchange rate system, Nigeria has been battling a foreign exchange crisis.

Recently, the country’s foreign reserves depleted from $3.0 billion in 2014 to zero in 2022.

Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had said there is a shortage of foreign exchange to meet citizens’ needs.

Amid Nigeria’s FX shortage issues and its resultant effect on banks’ decision to limit international transactions, citizens’ ability to pay for services abroad and online has been impacted.

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