I`m planning a trip through SouthAmerica starting off in Chile. Does anyone know the state of affairs as far as ATN`s go. Will an australian visa debit card work in Chile and for tht matter Peru Argentina Ecuador?
Do I need to set up special arrangements to access cash from my Aussie Debit Card? If anyone can help with this I would be appreciative.
It would help if you mention what networks your card can use --> tell us which logos are printed on it.
All three major ATM networks (Cirrus, Maestro and PLUS) operate numerous ATMs in South America; your local bank should be able to give you a list of SA networks that their cards are compatible with.
thanks for the post Bentivogli, I`ve got a mastercard credit card and a Visa Debit card they dont actually say what network they belong to on the cards but I`ll take your advice and get back to my banks to enquire. I take it that when you make a withdrawal, say in Santiago, the ATM delivers the local currency in pesos?
thanks again for your post
There are loads of ATMs in CHile and they work with most other networks.
Visa Debit works easily over here (which is what I used) and the machine puts out chileno pesos.
One thing that might throw you is you need to press the Extrajanero (foreigner) option on the ATM screen after you´ve put in your PIN number to get to the English Option (unless you can read good Spanish)
This threw me a couple of times so I was trying to work out which account etc. I was actually taking money from
I soon learnt though
Enjoy Chile... it´s expensive (relatively) but nice
Afaik (not sure about Chile, but definitely in the larger cities in Ecuador) there are also ATMs that give out USD, but you're generally better off paying in local currency.
One thing I forgot; consult the money matters section of Travel Guide, where you can find links to on-line ATM locators of both MasterCard and VISA.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2008, at 6:21 AM by bentivogli ]