Nowadays, it's much easier to access your money overseas, and Bank of us VISA Credit and Debit Cards are your perfect travel companions – accepted at more than 24 million outlets worldwide!
But it makes sense to plan ahead, and to make sure you understand the best and safest ways to access your money overseas.
Login to Internet Banking or call us on 1300 306 716 with your travel itinerary before you leave and let us know if your plans change. That way when our advanced fraud monitoring system picks up overseas transactions, we'll know that you're safely enjoying your trip and that the transactions are legitimate, based on your travel plans. If you don't tell us your plans, you'll run the risk of having your transaction declined and/or card cancelled.
You can still receive SMS OTPs while you're overseas if you've activated international roaming on your device. It's best to check with your mobile service provider before you leave about any costs you may incur. Remember you only receive an SMS OTP for certain transactions, like if you're paying a new payee or updating your contact details. Learn more
Part of being prepared for travelling overseas is having some local cash to use on your arrival. This is great for those small but important purchases on arrival, such as a coffee at the airport, or a taxi to your hotel. Ordering foreign cash is fast and easy through any of our branches. There are more than 40 currencies available.
Make sure your card doesn't expire while you're travelling. If it's going to, give us a call, at least two weeks before you leave.
Make sure you keep a secure record of your debit and credit card numbers, but don't record your PIN. In the event your card is lost or stolen this information is importantl. Also, keep receipts to check off against your statement and let us know stragiht away if you find any dodgy ones.
To reduce the risk of your card being skimmed when your making a payment, try not to let your card out of your sight. Also, make sure your PIN can't be seen while you enter it. One more thing, it is best to avoid Internet Banking from Internet cafés where security is often low.
Make sure you know who to call in case your card is lost or stolen. Ring our overseas 24/7 hotline on +61 3 6421 4461.
It's important to make sure that you cover yourself and your cards before you go – it pays to take out CGU travel insurance, so you can relax and enjoy your travel. Call us to chat about a quote.