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Do Canadian Debit Cards work in South America?????

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Do Canadian Debit Cards work in South America?????

1. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Please help me!!

2. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

I have had Canadian friends use ATM cards in Brazil. However you must be sure to find the international ATM machine in any bank you try. No point waiting on line only to find out the ATM is a local one..

3. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y


I am also a Canadian travelling here in South America. I have travelled through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, and all 4 countries I have had no problems at all taking money out on my ATM card. I have been using normal atms at the banks down here, and I have never had to look for an international bank machine.

4. Posted by Cody ROJO (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Thanks Ashy.

Are you in South America right now?
If you are, how is the internet access?
That's awesome that you've had no problems with the ATM's.
Are the fee's ridiculous for pulling money?
How are the conversion rates?

Thanks again for your help and I hope you are enjoying your travel.

Best Regards,


5. Posted by dunlow (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Taking out money is easy, usualyl you need to make sure its a plus machine or whatever your bank requires. Just a tip - if you are crossing the border....make sure you have a little bit a money from the new country before you get there. Last summer I went from Bolivia to Argentina thinkign that in argnetina i will just wuickly exhange money.....the northern border city in argentina is quite deserted and we almost got to the only bank (that we finally found accepted international bank cards) too late which would of forced us to stay up all night in the small dungy bus station....... . The banks also have a limit to how much you can take out.

What I did before i went on my trip was created two bank accounts at different institutions and made sure my visa was contected to the two so that i had all these backups as to how i would take out money.

If you have any questions please ask - I have travelled south america for 4 months and learned quite a bit.

GOod luck!