Prepaid cards (aka travel cards) are used for making payments while you are traveling abroad. These are pre-loaded and enable you to access money in the required regional currency. It is a good idea to buy a Prepaid card before you travel to Germany.
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There are two main reasons to get a prepaid card,
- Your initial expenses will be high once you go to Germany (caution deposit, rent, semester ticket etc.) but DB blocked account only allows you to withdraw 720 euros a month (after you activate your account). It is a secure way to carry the money in a travel card than carrying the cash.
- Travel card will serve your needs well until you get your DB debit card. You can use it in any electronic payment terminals (supermarkets, restaurants etc.) without any additional service fee.
There are several options you can choose from but we would recommend the one offered by Cox & Kings or Thomas Cook. The procedure for purchasing and recharging this card is fairly simple. It is PIN protected. Also, you can check the balance anytime online and the card works for most of the online payments.