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Visa and TransferWise expand access to cross-border payments

Visa has announced that TransferWise, a global technology company for international payments, will begin offering its customers an additional capability to move money to debit cards in real-time. The integrated service, initially available in Spain, is also planned to go live in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. 

TransferWise gives customers a clear understanding of their fee structure upfront, providing transparency into the cost associated with sending and receiving money internationally. The company plans to continue to collaborate with Visa and scale its offering using Visa Direct, throughout Europe and globally in 2020.

“Technology is bringing us closer together, yet there are still challenges that it hasn’t solved when it comes to individuals and small businesses moving money around the world,” said Bill Sheley, SVP and Global Head of Visa Direct, Visa. “The TransferWise collaboration is the latest addition to Visa’s efforts to help our clients enable individuals and small businesses to send and receive international payments quickly and securely by utilising the power of Visa Direct.”

Visa is working with financial institutions, technology partners and remittance firms, including EMQ, MoneyGram, and Remitly, to bring Visa Direct functionality to market around the world - reaching accounts via push to card capabilities in over 200 countries - all via a single connection point.

Visa recently acquired Earthport, a large independent ACH network. The combined offering, which will bring together Visa’s existing capabilities and the Earthport network, will give Visa Direct clients the ability to push payments to the majority of the world’s banked population - through a single connection. This is a key element of Visa’s goal to being a single connection point - a network of networks - for thousands of financial institutions and billions of user endpoints around the world.

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