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Plastic cards are expensive in non-euro countries

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16.05.2024 10:48

Plastic cards are particularly expensive in non-euro vacation destinations - up to 20 euros in charges when withdrawing money with a credit card in Turkey, for example. In euro countries, vacationers are best off using an ATM card.

With a debit card, colloquially known as an ATM card, cash withdrawals or payments in stores are actually free of charge. However, depending on the current account model, transaction fees may apply.

Extra charges tarnish vacation accounts
These can be considerable extra charges of up to ten euros. In non-euro countries, plastic money always incurs charges - exchange rates should also be taken into account. Tip: Pay attention to the display when paying and cancel the transaction if necessary.

If you withdraw 400 euros with your credit card in Turkey, you can pay up to 20 euros in charges alone. According to the Chamber of Labor, in Germany and the euro zone, three to 3.3 percent, at least 2.50 to four euros of the amount may be charged.

Tips for withdrawing or paying with a plastic card

  • Pay attention to charges, including minimum charges; withdrawing small amounts could be unprofitable.
  • In non-euro countries, pay attention to charges and exchange rates at ATMs and cancel if necessary.
  • Withdrawing cash by credit card is always expensive, even in euro countries.
  • Lost or stolen? Immediately block the card at the bank or call the emergency number. An emergency note with card, account and telephone numbers is useful - keep it separate from the card.

You always pay charges in non-euro countries
Credit cards outside the euro zone can incur charges of between 1.65 and two percent when making payments and three to 3.3 percent when withdrawing money, plus additional manipulation fees of up to two percent. Within the EU, there are no fees for credit card payments.

If you use your debit card to pay or withdraw money outside the eurozone, the charges vary depending on the bank. Those who pay in stores usually have to expect charges of 0.75 percent plus 1.09 euros of the purchase amount, those who withdraw cash often have to pay charges of 0.75 percent plus 1.82 euros.

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