Explore the benefits and protections of traveling with Visa

Visa is accepted all over the world, so take your Visa card with you everywhere you go and enjoy these peace-of-mind benefits:¹

Visa Credit cards

Even more for Visa Signature cards:

Visa Debit cards

In addition to the security and protection features that all Visa cards provide, your Visa Debit card may carry additional travel-related benefits. Please contact your card issuer for complete information.

Get ready to travel internationally with your Visa card

Visa is a great way to pay as you travel all over the world, and there are steps you’ll want to take so your Visa cards work to their full potential.

What do I need to do before I travel internationally so I can use my Visa card?

Take the following steps to make the most of your Visa card(s) while traveling:

  • Notify your issuing bank of the countries you’ll be traveling to and the dates you’ll be traveling on before you leave.
  • Check with your issuing bank regarding whether your card is subject to daily spending or withdrawal restrictions while abroad.
  • Be sure you know your PIN for your Visa cards so you can get local currency from ATMs worldwide. To ensure your PIN is always safe, you should memorize it and never write it down.
  • Make a record of your Visa card account and telephone numbers for reporting lost or stolen cards (including international Visa Global Customer Assistance Services numbers found here, by country) and keep it in a safe place away from your wallet or handbag.

Will my Visa card be accepted outside the U.S.?

Visa cards are accepted at millions of locations around the world. If you should have a problem with your card being accepted, you should insist that the merchant swipe your card and follow the prompts on the terminal. If your card is declined, you should call your bank immediately to notify them that you are having problems with using your card while abroad.

If the Visa merchant did not accept your Visa magnetic stripe card because it did not have a chip or did not accept your Visa card with a chip unless you entered a PIN, click here to report the merchant to Visa.

You can also contact the Visa Global Customer Assistance Services by dialing one of our country-specific toll free numbers. Please click here for a full listing of toll-free numbers, and dial the number that corresponds to the country you are in. Visa can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

Can I withdraw cash outside the U.S.?

With your Visa card, you can get cash in the local currency from over 1 million ATMs worldwide. You can use your card at any Visa or PLUS branded ATM. Since all ATM transactions require a PIN to withdrawal cash, you should make sure you know the PIN for your Visa card(s) prior to leaving for your trip. To keep your accounts safe, you should never write down your PIN.

It is recommended that you contact your Visa card issuer ahead of time so you are aware of any possible daily cash withdrawal restrictions.

For more tips on traveling abroad with Visa Debit, click here.

What travel protections do I get?

All Visa cards, including Visa Debit, provide standard security and protection features to prevent, detect, and resolve fraudulent activity. However, Visa Credit cards, Visa Signature cards, and Visa TravelMoney cards enjoy many additional travel-specific benefits and protections.

Visa Credit cards provide Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver and Emergency Card Replacement and Cash Disbursement.

In addition to the above protections, Visa Signature cards provide complimentary 24/7 concierge service, Lost Luggage Reimbursement, Roadside Dispatch, Travel and Emergency Assistance Services, and Travel Accident Insurance.

Are there fees when I use my card outside the U.S.?

Visa does not charge any fees to cardholders or merchants for using Visa cards internationally. You should contact your Visa card issuer to understand their policies/fees for international card use. If issuers or merchants assess a foreign transaction fee to their customers, they are required to provide details to their cardholders and consumers.

Visit the full FAQ page.

Exchange Rates

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Enjoy a variety of Visa travel offers

Travel Discounts

Save on necessities as you prepare, during travel, and when you get there. Be sure to check out all the great discounts from popular travel merchants that Visa provides.

Visa Signature Travel Offers

With a selection of travel packages, upgrades, and savings for exceptional locations, these offers help create an improved experience.

Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection

On your next voyage, enjoy exclusive benefits at a collection of the world's most intriguing and prestigious properties when you use your Visa Signature card.

 

Learn about Visa travel products

Visa TravelMoney

Enjoy the security of travelers cheques and the convenience of a Visa card with a prepaid reloadable Visa TravelMoney card.

Travelers Cheques

Get details about, and learn how to use, Visa Travelers Cheques.

 

1Learn more about your specific card benefits. Not all benefits apply to all cards. Additional benefits may be available through your card issuer.

2 Covers U.S.-issued cards only. Does not apply to ATM transactions, certain commercial card transactions, PIN or other transactions not processed by Visa. You must notify your financial institution immediately of any unauthorized use. For specific restrictions, limitations and other details, please consult your issuer.

Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection

  • Luxury hotels from under $299/night.

Global Customer Assistance Services