Travel tips

Travelling overseas is an amazing experience, but always remember to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings. There are also a number of important things regarding visas, passports and foreign exchange you need to be aware of, such as:

  • When planning your holiday, ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date
  • If you require a visa, make sure you apply in good time as the process at certain embassies can take a very long time
  • Sign up for Absa Online and pay your bills electronically while overseas so you don’t come back to nasty surprises
  • Remember to make copies of your passport, all flight/travel documents, bank cards and the purchase agreement for traveller’s cheques in case of loss, theft or emergencies
  • Give your itinerary and contact numbers to family – just in case
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination before departure as temperatures and weather conditions may differ.
  • When buying travel tickets with your Absa Credit Card, you automatically qualify for free basic Travel Insurance, but you can get a free quote to upgrade your insurance online or alternatively call us on 0860 151 151
  • When packing, remember that there are airline restrictions on hand luggage and the size of toiletries allowed on board
  • When looking at exchange rates, keep the following in mind:
    • Exchange rates change many times per day
    • Due to fluctuations, rates quoted on radio and television will probably not be the rates that you will receive
    • There is a difference between a ‘buy’ and a ‘sell’ rate; different products are also sold at different rates
    • All financial institutions offer different rates, speak to us for a competitive rate.
    • If the exchange rate is in your favour, why not buy early?
    • You could also buy/sell your currency on different days so you get the benefit of different exchange rates
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