Ashly Marquez is a business development specialist with UFCU, and she shared tips for international travel.
- Make sure you let your card issuer know that you’re traveling out of the county so they can flag your account. If not, you credit or debit card make be canceled thinking there is fraud.
- Make sure you carry at least 2 forms of credit or debit card from a different issuer. Don’t want your cards to be from the same issuer in case their system goes down and you don’t have access to your funds.
- Are travelers checks necessary for international travel? No, what I do when I land is go to the ATM and withdrawal cash. I normally withdraw a larger dollar amount so you’re not withdrawing small amounts as frequently to limit the transaction fees.
- Are EMV chip cards necessary when traveling internationally. It’s not required, it may limit you on using automated kiosks such as at gas stations or purchasing a bus or subway ticket.
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