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potential verification and the possibility of getting a plastic card

Required inputs: I am a citizen of the Russian Federation and I am currently in Russia. In the coming months I want to leave it for a long period of time (from a year to the "never coming back" option). The first point of my journey will be Georgia and Kazakhstan to open multi-currency international cards there, in order to eventually link the Payoneer account to one of the bank accounts. And the final place where I am going to arrive is Vietnam. There I am going to work as a freelance designer on Upwork. Also, I am not going to do any transactions with Russia through Payoneer.

Question 1: Can I use my international passport to confirm my identity on Payoneer or will Russian documents not be accepted?

Question 2: If Russian documents are not acceptable, can I submit a long-term lease agreement from another country or something else? At Wise the support service told me that only a work or study visa for a year, international driving licence or a residence permit will be ok for them. Do you have the same approach, or is there more of a possibility for a person not to be an international pariah just by the fact of being born in Russia, without the ability to work for anyone in the world and live wherever he or she wants?

Question 3: Will there be no problem if I'll link the bank account in Georgia or Kazakhstan with my Payoneer account, and I myself will live in Vietnam? Because in Vietnam I can only open a bank account for domestic use, without SWIFT transfers and much more.

Question 4: Would it be possible for me to order a Payoneer plastic card in Vietnam or anywhere in Southeast Asia, are there any restrictions on your plastic cards?

Thank you in advance for the answers.


  • Kiara_Payoneer
    Kiara_Payoneer Administrator, Moderator, VIP Member Posts: 598 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @wannabenomad ,

    Due to service limitations in the country we are closing all accounts with Russia set as billing country as of December 16th, 2022. Please refer to the new FAQ for more information.

  • wannabenomad
    wannabenomad Member Posts: 4
    I have already read about the cessation of work with Russia.
    But I didn't write that I want to open a Payoneer account in Russia. Again, I am going to open a bank account in Georgia or Kazakhstan, maybe in Sri Lanka, I will use either Vietnamese or Georgian / Kazakh / Sri Lankan phone number for verification. I am going to live in Vietnam for a long period of time, so for potential verification I will be able to provide a long-term rental agreement as well. And also, I mentioned that I am not going to transfer money from / to Russia. And I will need a Payoneer-like account for the convenience of working with Upwork.
    It seems like you haven't even read my input data.
  • Kiara_Payoneer
    Kiara_Payoneer Administrator, Moderator, VIP Member Posts: 598 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Well, I did read your inquiry very carefully and even contacted a specialist to give you the right answer. Apologies if I misunderstood!

    In this case, go for it! You can create an account with a billing address of Vietnam, and you can verify it with your Russian identification document. For proof of residence, you'll have to submit a document with the vietnamese address though!

    Good luck!