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They don't just want to see the balance of your account, they want to see a reasonable pattern of income and expenditure. For tourism, you should have enough monthly income to pay for a normal cost of living and to save for the trip. This shows that you have a steady and well-paid job back home, which makes you less likely to become an illegal immigrant ...


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I only went to a small number of ATMs, but had no issue using my American magstripe cards on them.


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The answer by @mts gives a good guide on how to get a UnionPay card while inside China. However there's an easier alternative back if you live in the US: apply for a Discover card. Wiki mentions that: In May 2005 Discover Network announced an alliance with China UnionPay Network. The two companies have signed a long-term agreement that allows acceptance ...


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Can I apply for UnionPay card while traveling for China? Yes you can. And it seems easier than I thought. How? Read on... Is it a good idea for a traveler to do so? Likely not. Most of China runs on cash. You have to open a bank account. In China. It is not as hard as it sounds but be warned: First, I would not recommend opening a bank account in ...


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Speaking for France, The majority of payment cards that are issued are debit cards. Car rental agencies would be quickly out of business if they refused them.


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Probably a question of insurances. Major credit cards (visa, MC, AMEX) are internationally recognized compared to your local bank debit card. (after a quick google regarding US rental with a debit card) When renting with a debit card, most agencies will do a credit check and that might not be possible when renting in Europe (even from a international ...


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This is no easy feat! I have a similar challenge with travel to the Netherlands, and have never figured out a way to get a Maestro. Best I have been able to do is get an account at Service Credit Union, who offer a V PAY card. So far, I haven't found any places in NL that take Maestro and DON'T take V PAY. But, Service CU will only maintain an account in ...


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Based on this and that help page of voyages-sncf.com, to print your ticket, you only need a chip card (however, the help considers all foreign cards as non-chip cards, probably to avoid complaints): Si votre carte ne dispose pas de puce (carte American Express ou carte étrangère), nous vous invitons à retirer vos billets auprès d’un vendeur en gare. ...


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If the reason for doing this is to avoid (or reduce) bank fees when your friend uses their non-US bank card in the US, then they are better of getting a pre-paid travel credit card. These (generally) work by loading money in the user's home currency, and then transferring the money into US Dollars (in this case), or other currencies. You can then treat it ...


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It is highly unlikely that the bank will act unless some sort of crime is committed. That issue is almost unheard of, unless thousands of dollars are involved (ie, hotel fees might trigger some issues.) Many cards will require you to 'unlock' transactions which are from unexpected locations (eg a different country). The real question is if your friend has ...


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This is completely legal and people (against good sense) do it all the time. The three possible issues are: (Somewhat likely) The "friend" takes your money, now or later, or otherwise leads to a security problem for you. (Unlikely) He's using it in a grocery store or something and acting real twitchy and doesn't have ID matching the card (some stores ...


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Qualifier: I live in Japan and have several Japanese credit cards. The "ee-kai?" (one time) question you get asked at the register is how many payments you want to make. One, two, five and so on. There is also "bonus-kai" which will match your payment due date to the semi-annual bonuses paid by many large Japanese companies. Credit cards in Japan are more ...


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Well first of all, as has been pointed out in comments, you will really want to trust your friend. He could run off with all of your money, not pay you back the full amount or lose the card. If all of that is no issue for you, look to your terms and conditions that you signed for the debit card. Very likely there is a clause that prohibits your from ...


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I have UK and Italian credit cards. Italy also has 5 digit postal codes and I've sometimes been able to use the postal code at the pump with an Italian card. I've also called my credit card company and asked if I could put a temporary address on a credit card so that I could have a zip code associated. In my case they said I would have to have that as my ...


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Japanese credit cards usually allow you to pay for purchases in two monthly installments, at no extra cost. If you want to do this, you must mention it at the time of purchase, which is why many shop clerks will ask (lest you forget). I do not know what happens if you try to do this while your (presumably foreign) card does not allow it.



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