I heard that ATMs in Argentina only accept 4 digit pin. However, both my credit card and my maestro card have 6 digit pins. Should I change the pin to a 4 digit pin before going to Argentina?

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    And in case you encounter the reverse situation - ATMs requiring 6-digit PINs - the general rule is to add two zeroes on to the end of your 4-digit PIN. You should confirm this with your bank as well though.
    – Sam
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 5:52
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about personal finance or so. Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 18:20
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    As an aside, you probably shouldn't be using ATMs in Argentina in the first place, because thanks to Kirchner's shenanigans the official exchange rate is almost 50% worse than the black market one. flightfox.com/tradecraft/argentina-black-market Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 0:34
  • rofl, did you try the ATM card? care to share experience to make this question usefull to others in the future? Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 23:49
  • I'll fly to Argentina right after Christmas. Then I'll report. Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 6:56

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They have HSBC in Argentina, HSBC ATMs can deal with 6 digits pin code (first hand experience in various countries since I hold an HSBC card with 6 digits pin code). I think it is safe to assume that you can use your card with 6 digits pin code at least in HSBC's ATMs, also I have noticed that all HSBC ATM machines use the same software.

  • Just a word of warning. Relying on speculations and assumptions can bring about unplesant surprises. Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 7:16
  • @user3470 you are absolutely right. But there are no sources only leaving assumption the only option. Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 10:11
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    @user3470 I saw your answer and I think it is legit. Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 11:33
  • I think the same. But there is a person who does not seem to agree. Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 19:20

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