People often get worried about how they will withdraw money once they land in Rome. Well have no worries, we have your back and are happy to explain things for you!
Even though the use of credit cards is getting more and more popular in Italy, especially in smaller cities, cash is still the most used payment system.
- Bank of America (United States)
- Barclays (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Pakistan, Gibraltar, Ghana, Kenya, and other countries in Africa)
- BNP Paribas (France)
- BNP Paribas Fortis (Belgium)
- Deutsche Bank (Germany, Poland, Belgium, India, Spain, Portugal and Italy)
- Scotiabank (Canada, Caribbean, Peru, Chile and Mexico)
- Westpac (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
- Westpac Banking Corporation (Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu)
- Westpac New Zealand Limited (New Zealand)
- Westpac Bank – PNG – Limited (Papua New Guinea)
- Westpac Bank Samoa Limited (Samoa)
- Westpac Bank of Tonga (Tonga)
- ABSA (South Africa)
- UkrSibbank (Ukraine)
Even in big cities sometimes if you are having breakfast in a bar, getting a slice of pizza on the road, paying a small family business such a bed and breakfast or, in some cases, even buying a pair of shoes, you could be asked to pay cash because not all businesses are organized to receive credit card payments. You’ll definitely need cash in Italy! Luckily, nowadays, following some advice you can easily withdraw cash and discover that the use of ATMs could be a valid alternative to the more used credit cards. If you are planning to use ATMs, don’t forget to pick up your PIN code and let your bank know that you are traveling abroad. If you don’t notify them, they may shut off your card because they have put you on fraud alert, thinking your card has been stolen! Please note, even though the bank will extend your daily credit, if trying to withdraw more than 250,00 euro per session the ATM could give you back a strange and frightening message like: “Your card is not valid” or (even more terrifying) “You ran out of credit”.
No need to worry! If you need more than 250,00 euros you need to make more than a transaction for at most 250,00 euro/each. Generally, you will be charged a little and insignificant fee will be added (banks are banks) but, in the end, all together it will still be worth doing.
An alternative system that we highly suggest you avoid is “travelers’ cheques”. Do not use travelers’ checks!
This system is no longer common and turn out to be very time-consuming and expensive in terms of exchange rates.
For more information don’t hesitate to call us! We are happy to talk with you and help ensure that you have a safe and organized journey!
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Enjoy your life in Italy!