Planning your next vacation? Whatever adventure you embark on next, keep in mind that there are ways to make your travel more secure, hassle-free, and enjoyable. The following infographic provides many tips on how to do so.
The following are some handy tips we hope that you will find useful during your travels.
BEFORE YOU GO
Plan Your Holiday Securely
When booking your flight and accommodation online, make sure you use only websites you know and trust, and via a secure browser – look for an “s” after “http” in the web page address or URL.
Get in Touch with Your Bank
Tell them when and where you’ll be traveling – this can help ensure your card isn’t flagged or blocked for unusual activity.
Know the Emergency Contacts for Lost/stolen Cards
Keep a record of your card details and customer service telephone numbers for reporting lost or stolen cards. Visa cardholders can call the toll-free Visa Global Customer Assistance Services (GCAS) number of the country you are traveling to, available on www.visa.com.
Exchange a Small Sum of Cash in Advance
Bring along just enough local currency for immediate small expenses such as taxi fares. If you need more cash, you can withdraw from ATMs at your destination.
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WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Keep Your Information Secret
Do not volunteer any personal information when using your payment card and never disclose your PIN to anyone – no one from a financial institution, the police, or a merchant should ask for your PIN.
Check Your Sales Receipts
Always double-check the information on the slips, including the currency you are being charged, before you make payment. Make sure you keep a copy of all receipts.
Use the Hotel Safe or Security Box
When sightseeing or going to the pool or beach, don’t carry all your valuables with you. Never leave cards unattended.
Keep Your Credit Cards Safe
Avoid keeping all your cards in the same place – that way you won’t lose everything if lost or stolen. In crowded places, hold bags or wallets close to your body and use a money belt to safeguard your possessions.
Contact Visa Immediately if Your Card is Lost/stolen
Remember, help is only a phone call away. Simply call the Visa GCAS number provided in each country and you’ll be linked to Visa Customer Care Services, 24/7. If your card carries the emergency replacement feature, Visa will help replace a lost card while you travel, normally within one working day.
WHEN YOU’RE HOME
Check Your Receipts
Go through your receipts and make sure they reconcile with your statement.
Contact Your Card Issuer if You Note a Discrepancy
If you see a charge you don’t recognize or if you notice any inconsistencies, contact your financial institution immediately.