International travel: minimise your risk of theft
When you travel internationally, you will need money to make purchases. To minimise your risk of your money being stolen, you should spread the risk across a Cash Passport, cash, and your credit card (if you have one).
Safety while travelling internationally
Always bear the following in mind when travelling:
- Carry any cash or credit cards as close to your body as possible. Popular options include a travel belt or a neck pouch.
- Be aware of scams where people ask you for money or assistance in order to see where you keep your wallet or purse.
- Keep the bulk of your money, together with vital documents, such as your passport and visa, in your hotel safe when you sightsee.
Spending options: Cash, Cash Passport, credit cards
A Cash Passport is the perfect option for point-of-sale devices and cash withdrawals while abroad. It is pre-loaded with an amount of your choice (which can be added to at any stage), and is accepted worldwide at shops and ATMs displaying the Visa Electron sign. Cash is ideal for immediate purchases (such as drinks and food at the departure and arrival airports), as credit cards are not always accepted and are preferred for larger transactions.
Stay in touch with Absa while you travel
To stay in touch with Absa and to keep an eye on your accounts back home and transact when needed, we advise you to register for mobile banking.