Unlike regular banks we don’t believe in charging you tons of unnecessary fees. We have no fees to sign up, no monthly or service fees, no minimum balance fees, and no domestic transaction fees, and free international wire transfers. We do charge one fee ($2.50) when you get cash from an out-of-network ATM that is not part of Ellis' fee-free network of 60,000+ ATMs.
Ellis makes money from ‘interchange’ fees paid by the merchant bank.
When you use your Ellis Card, card networks collect a service fee (kind of like a tax for the merchant charging your card), and Ellis gets a percentage of that fee. That means we don’t have to rely on traditional fees and we can pass the savings on to you.
We currently support free international wire transfers from:
Åland Islands, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Saint Martin, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't see your country on this list.
Signing up usually takes under 5 minutes – and you can do it completely online.
Once your account is opened you'll be able to use your virtual Ellis Visa Card for online purchases almost immediately. No need to wait for your physical card to start spending. It typically takes a week or two for the physical card to arrive.
Ellis partners with a few ATM operators and network providers to get members access to 60,000+ fee-free in-network ATMs. Thats more ATMs than Chase (16,000 ATMs), Bank of America (17,000 ATMs), and Citibank (2,300 ATMs) combined!
To find a fee-free ATM near you, download the Ellis mobile app for our ATM map or search our ATM network here.
During sign up we'll ask for things like your phone number, birthdate, residential address, and Social Security Number. If you are a recent international student and don't have an SSN, no worries! You can use your passport and I-20 form to create an account from your phone.
Ellis is a technology company, not a bank. Banking services are provided by Blue Ridge Bank, N.A., Member FDIC. Ellis is also not a prepaid card. Through its bank partner, Ellis offers a full-service bank account with an Ellis Visa Card for spending and using at 60,000+ fee-free in-network ATMs.