One interesting way of saving money on conversion fees when withdrawing money from your PayPal account is to link up a virtual card or virtual bank account.
These virtual cards and bank accounts are provided by companies like Revolut, N26 and Wise.
Let’s say your PayPal account is in Euro, but you also have several other currencies such as GBP and USD. With Revolut and Transferwise you can open accounts in these currencies too. Therefore, when you want to withdraw GBP from PayPal, you would withdraw to your Revolut/Transferwise GBP account, thus no conversion would take place.
This has already been tried and tested by several users, and I managed to link up my Revolut card without any problem myself.
However, this is not to say that PayPal approves of the practice 100%. Here’s what they said when I asked them about it:
If the system allows you to add this bank, you can use it, but also PayPal does not take responsibility in case of missing funds during withdrawals, as we cannot communicate with virtual banks in order to locate missing transactions etc.
We usually do not advise merchants to add Virtual Banks/ Cards, but technically you can if you wish.
I also asked them if they would be able to help in adding the virtual bank accounts, since not every version of the PayPal interface (depending on your country) will let you add these accounts. Here’s what they told me:
we cannot manually add any virtual bank accounts/ cards to the PayPal accounts. This is due to the risks that are associated with them, therefore if you are able to add it yourself you can, but we cannot add them on your behalf as this function is not available to us.
So the bottom line seems to be that if you’re using PayPal for personal use and are ready to take a small risk, you’re allowed to withdraw money from (or send money to) your PayPal account from a virtual bank account like the ones provided by Revolut and Wise.
As always, I welcome the sharing of experiences on this matter, just leave a comment below.
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Update October 2020:
This time PayPal have not outright said that they don’t work with TransferWise, but specified that the limitation is with Mastercard for my country.
As your PayPal account is from ____, you can only complete a withdrawal to the following financial instruments:
– Bank account.
– Visa card.
Currently, MasterCards are not eligible financial instruments for withdrawals in ____.
Due to the challenges and complexities associated with the worldwide financial network, we cannot offer a firm date or timetable for expansion of specific services. We can promise you that we are working hard to enhance our service within the nations where we are offered.
Update October 2019:
TransferWise have confirmed that the debit card they provide does not allow receiving funds from PayPal. This could actually be a limitation to receiving funds from anyone and not just from PayPal. In any case, it is unusable for the purposes of linking to PayPal in order to effect withdrawals.
PayPal have also confirmed that they are unable to accept TW bank accounts:
Thank you for contacting PayPal. My apologies for the late reply.
I have review bank statement provided by you and I can see it is Transfer Wise account you are trying to add. Please note that Transfer Wise is a virtual bank, therefore we can not add it for you as we do not support virtual bank accounts.
It is my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for choosing PayPal.
Note: If you have any questions after reading this and the several other articles relating to PayPal on this site, please leave a comment or contact PayPal directly. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I am unable to offer any advice over email so all emails related to PayPal will remain unanswered.
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I just opened a USA PayPal account and I’m having issues withdrawing from it, I linked a uba dollar Afri card and I wa charged $1 but I still couldn’t withdraw. I don’t know if wise would be of any help because I read somewhere your PayPal must match with your bank name. Please I need help linking a virtual debit card for easy withdrawal.
sara morel says
paypal accept wise banque statement as proof of adress?
Raied Salman says
I’m trying to link my EUR TW to EUR PayPal but I’m receiving same message abut they can’t do now try later
Please if anyone can help
Hi, guys! I have quite a strange situation with my PayPal account when trying to withdraw funds from there. Some time ago I have successfully linked and verified my virtual bank account (Comunity Federal Savings Bank) to my PayPal account (I’ve got this bank account from Payoneer). So, once again: this virtual bank account was successfully linked and verified in my PayPal account. But now, when I’m trying to withdraw my funds from PP to this bank account, I can’t do it …. (?)
And here is what happens: my withdrawal request is being accepted normally by PayPal (like everything is Ok, there is no issues) and then after 3 or 4 days of waiting this money just return back to my PayPal account. So this money looks like it was sent but doesn’t reach my bank account (the virtual one).
I would have no questions if I just couldn’t link (or couldn’t verify) this account in my PayPal – that would just mean that PayPal simply doesn’t accept this type of bank accounts. But my bank account is totally linked and verified in PP.
Can you guess what can be the problem and what should I do? Does anybody maybe have the similar issue?
Phillip Lemarque says
Hello Damir, I’ll be very interested to find out the results of your problem with PayPal. I am projecting to use them when moving back to France. Lemme know what happened?
Phillip Lemarque says
Hello, To follow your comments about PayPal. Do you use a VPN to allow your connection is still in the US instead of Europe?
I successfully withdraw $6000 from paypal to transferwise last month. They charge $35, much cheaper than 3.5% conversion rate to my local bank.
But when withdraw second time, it giving me an error. After 2 weeks persistent contact with customer service without solution, today come an email inform that my account has been limited.
They require 3 action from me to lift it.
1. Address verification
2. Purpose of each of 10 last transaction
3. My community federal bank statement.
Anyone here that ever passed this bank statement request?
Some forum said once they know using transferwise account, they will disable it.
Paypal verifies its users. After allowing a certain amount of transfers per year, if someone wants to do more, they have to verify their account with the above details. Once you provide them with the details, they can remove the limitations from the account and you can use it. You must have reached the threshold by doing a 6k transaction.
Hi, can i transfer money from Transferwise to my Paypal account?
Phillip Lemarque says
The 6K means $6K worth of transactions.
Phillip Lemarque says
Were you able to get the funds back?
Phillip Lemarque says
Was the dispute resolved in your favor?
I read your blog it’s very informative. Paypay has been out for awhile now and did their first 20% back campaign with a much higher limit. I guess after getting their rebate everyone stopped using the app so they have to bribe people again but with much smaller amounts, which makes more sense since it encourages people to use it for more frequent smaller purchases.
Do anyone know of any virtual card that works for PayPal verification and withdraws. Please let me know the virtual card provider that worked for you.
I also require this information. Any updates anyone?
I need your help please!
I’m trying to link my Transferwise to Paypal but I didn’t”t receive the micro-deposits sent from PayPal for verification.
thank you in advance.
i just tried and everyting was fine. but i have not been able to withdraw yet. i received the micro deposit
Taz L says
Hi, this works with the greendot debit card!
Jean Galea says
This card is only available in the US as far as I know.
I’m expecting a money transfer from the US and they asked me if it’s okay to transfer the money to my Revolut account from their US PayPal.
My Revolut card is in € so my question is is it wise to transfer the money like that?
Will I recieve it since it’s sent from a US PayPal account?
If they charge the fee will it be charge to me or to the person that’s making the payment?
Same here. I have revoult account i euros. How can they send through paypal to your revoult? Please whatsapp me +37125613579
You can also open in your Revolut app an $USD- account. That takes all the doubt away :).
Ian Anderson Gray says
I’ve been told by PayPal that they can no longer add a US bank account to a UK PayPal account. This could be a new thing, or she could be wrong, but that’s what she said.
Yes it is true , uk paypal only accept uk bank accounts with sort code and account number
Do transferwise send payments to any local bank account in any local currency?
My transferwise borderless account has an address based in Munich, Germany.
When I try to link it up with PAYPAL, it says :
Please check your account number
Please check your routing number
It does not allow me to continue with the integration process.
Any idea on how to resolve this
It’s not possible to use TransferWise to add a U.S. account to PayPal at the moment.
So, any luck connecting EU based PayPal account to TransferWise account for withdrawal?
Space Elf says
“So, any luck connecting EU based PayPal account to TransferWise account for withdrawal?”
-Yes, if you connect the EURO bank account details (German bank). Withdrawing euros from EU based Paypal to EURO TransferWise account works like a charm.
-No, if you connect the US$ bank account details (American bank). An American bank is not even an option under “Link a bank account”, as only European IBAN numbers are allowed. I contacted Paypal support by sending them a message with a request to manually add my American bank account. I provided my TransferWise US$ account details. Then they asked me to upload a bank statement. I downloaded that from my TransferWise account and sent it to Paypal. Here is where they saw that it was in fact a TransferWise account and their reply was “We can’t link a TransferWise US$ account as TransferWise is not a physical bank”.
David Atherton says
That’s odd. I was told the other thing, that Paypal will only transfer USD to an ABA Routing number, not an IBAN account. I already have a normal USD account (with RBS in the UK, all British banks offer USD accounts), but it’s an IBAN not ABA.
As you know my Transferwise USD is ABA, but on other blogs it says you can put it in, but Paypal either won’t accept “because it’s a virtual bank” or because they can’t retrieve their microdeposits.
Meantime, conventional currency exchangers (FairFX, Western Union etc.) won’t accept Paypal transfers because they say the originator is not identified in the payment.
If you ask me, Paypal are doing this deliberately as loads of their customers outside the US sell in USD and they are making a fortune out of their 6% forex charge.
Paypal are also poor in other ways, their API is complicated, and their website is a mess, half of it ‘new’ and the other half ‘old’. They also won’t let you increase repeat subs which is a big thing in my company (we sell information on monthly subscription, and people are upgrading and downgrading all the time)
I think I will have to get Stripe installed.
I actually just managed today to link my USD transferwise account to my Italy based Paypal. basically you won’t be able to add it by yourself since there’s no option to add a US bank account, but if you call them and ask to add it for you, they will. (you may have to call several times since some will tell you it’s not possible and some just don’t know how to do it lol)
What’s weird is that I didn’t even had to confirm it with the 2 microdeposit system, it shows on my paypal as already confirmed. Only thing is that you can use it just for withdrawals and not for making payments but that’s fine. I tested a withdrawal of 50 usd from my paypal balance to my Transferwise bank account and for the first time Paypal didn;t force me to convert the money to Euro! Also, no withdrawal fee!
Everything seems fine so far, we’ll see if I successfully receive the amount on my borderless account !
Did they ask you for the bank details while you were on the phone and set it up for you there and then?
Wilma Westenberg says
I called them yesterday and they told me I should email them my bank details + bank statement. They did not offer to add my account by phone. Can you share how you fixed this? 😮
Hello! I am from a country where there is no PayPal Operation yet I need to acquire one in order to use it with my Etsy, for people do not go through with alternative ways of payment and visits to my site do not convert into sales easily as I would have if I had a PayPal. So here is my question and I would really appreciate if you could shed some light on it!
I made a PayPal acc in Greece, where my daughter lives but I do not reside there. I have made also a borderless account with Transferwise and linked it to PayPal. All went well so far, until PayPal asked for a bank statement for verification. I have my real address on the borderless acc statement. Would PayPal accept it as it is? Seeing that account is held by someone who lives in a country that they do not operate within? Or would it be ok if I were to change my address on Transferwise to Greece? I am not even sure if this is legal or not. Thanks in advance! 🙂
how did you resolve this problem with address confirmation? What did they accept as a “proof od address”? Thanks in advance
Do you know for creating a Payal account billing address of my virtual card must be the same with my PayPal account information?
If no, is it possible to create a virtual card with the same billing address of my Paypal account from a UK Virtual Card Provider?
Erveliyhin Valecillos says
Hi, there, I have some questions that I’d like to be helped with if you don’t mind 🙂
I’m from Venezuela and I just created a TransferWise Borderless account but I don’t have a bank account in dollars, so I want to transfer my TransferWise Borderless account money (In dollars or euros) to my PayPal account because I buy on the internet by this means.
Are there any chances of doing this?
Thank you very much in advance and I hope there is a way of doing this
does it work with usd?
can you send usd from a european paypal account to revolut?
In my experience, no. I’ve tried the very same thing sending USD from my European PayPal to my Revolut account as an experiment and the USD arrived to my Revolut in EUR after being converted on PayPal’s end.
I messaged PayPal and they told me that no matter what currency(ies) you hold in your PayPal, the money will always be withdrawn in the PayPal’s home currency. For my last big withdrawal from PayPal to Transferwise, I had to end up allowing PayPal to handle the conversion and luckily only lost about 8€ since the FX fee was good that day.
I’ve read that you can change that by calling Customer Support and telling them to change the currency of a VISA card linked, but I am unsure.
so it only worked with GBP for whatever reason 🙁
thanks a lot for sharing the info, you saved me from buying a new android phone just to pass the verification with revolut XD
Yeah. You can always try to send from a US Paypal to Revolut USD, but since linking both might not even work, you wouldn’t even get to try a test transfer. I’ve heard people transferring from US banks to USD balance Revolut, but it’s considered a SWIFT transfer and therefore incurs fees somewhere along the process.
I think in the case of GBP, since Revolut is housed in the UK, maybe that’s why you could send back and forth between UK Paypal and Revolut. But I’ve tried many times to link my US Paypal and Revolut and no dice. US Paypal wouldn’t even allow me to link Transferwise USD even with my personal routing/checking number provided by Transferwise to get my USD out of my European Paypal. In the end, like I said, I had to end up letting PP convert my USD to EUR before moving it to Transferwise.
Stanimir Zarkov says
Does it still works for you?
Nazmul Ahmed says
PayPal is greedy too much…… I wonder paypal’s social work like donating money or helping them etc. all are false media claims…..
I’ve been scouring other similar articles and was hoping someone could finally help me work out my issue I’ve had for years. I’m an American student living abroad and I’m trying to find a cost-effective way for my parents to send me money. Then, move the USD to where I need it to and if necessary, convert it to EUR without complicating things (I have a tendency). I plan to convert USD to EUR and vice versa solely through Transferwise to my borderless account. I have opened both EUR and USD currencies.
I have Spanish and US PayPals and I do not have a bank account back home.
My Spanish PayPal holds both EUR and USD. I’ve been wondering, is what I see in USD truly in USD? But I feel that since it’s a Spanish PayPal, money will pay out in EUR regardless of choosing for it to come out in USD. How can I get that USD out of there?? I’d like to move the PP USD to TW USD, but I’m seeing linking them is complicated. I’ve read leaving money in PP is a bad idea.
So providing that I have all of these banks, virtual banks, and cards, what is the best way to be able to get money from abroad? I’ve experienced PP’s nasty FX fees in the past. My parents in the past have always paid directly into my PP with their debit cards, so I don’t even want to imagine how much money we’ve lost to conversion fees.
I’ve thought of a few potential options. Please let me know where possible fees could occur or if any seems impossible/ridiculous:
Opt A: Open US bank account online, link Transferwise USD, have parents deposit money in bank, transfer Bank -> TW USD.
Opt B: Have parents directly bank transfer to TW using my personal TW USD account details. So it’d be USD to USD without needing to open a bank account.
Opt C: When I get my TW card, link it to US PayPal and transfer to TW USD that way.
Are there any other possible options?
I appreciate and thank any and all help that I can get!
Transferwise sounds like the best option. I would not trust paypal for big amounts.
You can link transferwise to your US account, and also to your real Spanish account (open one) and it should be very cost effective.
Thanks for your reply. I no longer plan to use Paypal for big amounts, only for some online shopping. In the end, I could not link my Transferwise to my US Paypal at all, and I could not open a US bank account either. I could link my Transferwise to my Spanish accounts and Revolut and transferred the money out of my Spanish Paypal. The only negative was that Paypal did not allow me to withdraw my USD balance without converting it to EUR first. So I had to use PP’s FX fees to send USD to EUR Transferwise and then from Transferwise to my Spanish bank account.
U can use any bank account on the paypal mobile Application.
I have link my revolt account.
Jonathan everton Topcoin says
i just got transer wise so will def be trying this soon.
thanks a lot
Thanks a lot Jean for your insightful articles.
I also have my business in Malta, a USD-Paypal account, and struggling to withdraw it in USD. You mention above that Paypal allows to add virtual bank accounts, however as my business is based in Malta, it asks me for an IBAN, and my Transferwise bank account in the US doesn’t have an IBAN, so I cannot add it. And Paypal won’t add it manually, as you said… did you face the same issue? Is that why you went the Revolut route with the virtual card?
And regarding the virtual card: When calling PayPal, they said it has to be a Visacard. On your other article you mentioned it should work with Mastercard too. So which worked for you eventually – a Revolut Mastercard or Revolut Visacard?
And: is the Revolut account in your personal name or company name? Does it make a difference?
gilles c says
You have both personal and business accounts on Revolut…
I linked a BOV visa card and unfortunately have not been able to link a Transferwise or Revolut USD account since PayPal only allows IBAN accounts.
Vishal Kothari says
It seems both Revolut & Transferwise aren’t available in India. 🙁 Too bad. We end up paying 4% fees to Paypal for every transaction & another 3% on currency conversion.
Do you know of any such virtual banks that support payments in India?
Some countries are luckier than others when it comes to these things. I also can’t use Stripe for example, just because it’s not available in my country.
No idea about virtual banks for India, maybe some other reader will know about that and leave a comment.
Vishal Kothari says
Looked around a bit & it seems there isn’t any virtual bank for India, yet.
Be very careful in linking transferwise account to Paypal. Since Transferwise is an UK based bank. Paypal will conver the amount from EUR to GBP and then Transferwise will convert back. The conversion will cost you around 4%. We did it once for an amount of 570 EUR. the Transaction cost us 29EUR. Never again.
I have a swed paypal I want to link up virtual bank like transfer wise or revolut .
Please let me know which is the cheapest and good best service as you all know paypal deducting so 4 %on each transaction.
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