May 22, 2024

How to Accept Payments from Another Country

Learn how to accept payments from another country efficiently and easily. Tab will help you discover the best methods, tips, and solutions for handling international payments for your business.

Understanding International Payment Methods

When it comes to international payments, it's crucial to know the different methods available and how they can benefit your business.

Bank Transfers

Bank transfers are a traditional and widely used method for international payments. They are highly secure, but carry the highest risk of human error, and often come with high fees and longer processing times. To facilitate bank transfers, ensure you provide your customers with accurate banking details, including your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and SWIFT/BIC codes. Despite the slower processing times, bank transfers offer a level of trust and security that many businesses and consumers find reassuring, making it a preferred option for large transactions.

Credit and Debit Cards

Accepting credit and debit cards is a convenient option for both you and your customers. Major card networks like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted internationally but some local banks can't process them. Tab can process all major cards so you don't need to worry about your customer's card type. To process these payments, you need a payment gateway that supports multiple currencies and complies with international regulations. Credit and debit card payments are typically fast and secure, with the added benefit of fraud protection features that help safeguard both merchants and customers from fraudulent activities.

Digital Payment Platforms

Digital payment platforms like PayPal, Stripe, Tab, and TransferWise offer a seamless way to accept payments from overseas customers. These platforms are user-friendly and typically have lower fees compared to traditional bank transfers. They also provide faster transaction times and integrated currency conversion. Digital payment platforms have revolutionised the way international transactions are conducted, offering features such as real-time tracking, automated invoicing, and multi-currency accounts that make managing international payments easier than ever.

Cryptocurrency Payments

With the rise of digital currencies, accepting cryptocurrency payments is becoming an increasingly popular option. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum offer a decentralised, secure, and fast method of transferring funds internationally. While still relatively new and subject to regulatory scrutiny, cryptocurrencies can provide a competitive edge for businesses willing to adopt this technology. To accept cryptocurrency payments, you’ll need a digital wallet and possibly a payment processor that specialises in cryptocurrency transactions.

Setting Up Your Payment Infrastructure

To efficiently handle international payments, setting up a robust payment infrastructure is essential.

Choose the Right Payment Processor

Selecting a payment processor that supports international transactions is critical. Look for processors that offer multi-currency support, competitive exchange rates, and low transaction fees. Popular options include PayPal, Stripe, and Square but Tab is the only payment platform designed specifically for tourism businesses. Your choice of payment processor should align with your business needs, considering factors such as the volume of international transactions, the currencies you deal with, and the regions where your customers are located.

Optimise for Currency Conversion

Offering your products or services in multiple currencies can enhance the customer experience. Ensure your payment gateway can handle currency conversion automatically and transparently, providing real-time exchange rates to your customers - and check if they add fees here! Most of the cost of internationals payments is hidden in the currency exchange. Tab uses 'pure' mid-market exchange rates, and all fees are clearly laid out. We also show your customers prices in their local currency, reducing the friction of currency conversion and making the purchasing process more straightforward and appealing.

Tips and Best Practices for Accepting International Payments

To maximise the efficiency and security of your international payment processes, follow these best practices:

  • Provide Clear Instructions: Make sure your customers know exactly how to make a payment, including any necessary details for different payment types like IBAN or SWIFT codes.
  • Offer Multiple Payment Options: Cater to a wider audience by supporting various payment methods.
  • Monitor Exchange Rates: Keep an eye on exchange rates to offer competitive pricing and avoid unexpected costs.
  • Ensure Security: Protect your business and your customers by using secure payment gateways and protecting customer data.
  • Customer Support: Provide excellent customer support to assist with any payment issues, ensuring a smooth transaction process.
  • Regularly Review Fees: Regularly assess the fees associated with your payment methods to ensure they remain competitive and do not eat into your profits.
  • Test the Process: Periodically test your payment process to identify any issues that could affect the customer experience. This includes ensuring all payment methods are functioning correctly and that the checkout process is smooth and user-friendly.


Accepting payments from another country is a vital aspect of running a global business. By understanding the available payment methods, setting up a robust payment infrastructure, and following best practices, you can enhance your business's ability to serve international customers efficiently. Embracing the right strategies and tools will not only improve your cash flow but also expand your market reach, driving growth and success in the global marketplace.

Looking for a seamless way to manage international payments?

Tab offers an all-in-one solution designed for businesses in the tourism industry. With Tab, you can effortlessly handle payments from overseas customers, ensuring a smooth and secure transaction process.

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