Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid While Travelling Abroad

Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid While Travelling Abroad

19 May, 2023

If you are travelling overseas, chances are that your Credit Card will not be of any use anyway. Surprised? That’s because all Credit Cards are, by default, deactivated for international use. So, the first thing that you need to do before embarking on a foreign trip is to activate international transactions on your credit card!

You can do so easily by enabling international usage service on your credit card. If you hold an HDFC Bank Credit Card, you can activate the card for international use in a variety of different ways.

MyCards - MyCards is HDFC Bank’s one-stop shop for managing your Credit Card. It is a mobile-based service platform where you can log in through your registered mobile number. You can click here to go to MyCards.

  • Once you enter the OTP received on your mobile, you can enter the last four digits of your credit card and check your “International Usage”,

  • It is likely to be turned Off,

  • You can turn it On and tap the “Update” button at the bottom of the page,

  • You will need to provide an OTP to authenticate the update.

NetBanking - Any existing HDFC Bank customer will be all too familiar with NetBanking. You can also activate your credit card for international use here.

  • Go to the NetBanking page and enter your customer ID and password,

  • Go to the “Credit Card” section and expand it,

  • Choose your credit card appearing in this section,

  • Click on the “Customise” button appearing next to the “Limits and Restrictions” section,

  • Change “International Usage” from Off to On,

  • Choose the channel where the confirmation OTP will be sent (phone, email or both),

  • Provide the OTP to confirm the update.

EVA - You will find EVA, HDFC Bank’s digital assistant, on your mobile app as well as HDFC Bank website.

  • Enter your registered mobile number,

  • Enter the OTP received on the mobile number,

  • EVA will ask for the last four digits of your credit card,

  • You will find the options of “International Transactions”, “ATM Withdrawal Transactions”,

  • “Online E-Commerce Transactions”, “Merchant Outlet POS Transaction”, and “Contactless Transactions”,

  • Enable these transactions and click on Proceed to confirm the update.

Whatsapp - HDFC Bank is also available on WhatsApp. All you need to do is to open Chat Banking with +917070022222 on WhatsApp

  • Enter the last four digits of your credit card number,

  • Choose the “International Limits” option,

  • You can enable the channels you want as active during your overseas stay, viz. “ATM cash withdrawals”, “Online (E-commerce)”, “Merchant Outlet (POS)” and “ContactLess (TAP)”,

  • You can also enter the desired transaction limit in multiples of Rs 1,000,

  • Provide OTP received on your registered mobile number to confirm the update.

Mobile Banking - To change your HDFC Bank Credit Card’s international usage status, you can also log in to your HDFC Bank Mobile Banking app using your PIN or touch ID.

  • Tap on “Menu”, and select “Cards” in the “Pay” option,

  • Choose your credit card,

  • Expand the panel by tapping on “Show More”,

  • Tap on the “Customise” button next to “Limits and Restrictions”,

  • If your card’s “International Usage” is turned off, you have to turn it on,

  • Choose SMS, email or both as the channel to receive the OTP,

  • Enter the OTP to authenticate the update.

Keeping international usage off is a standard precautionary measure to ensure the safety of your card usage. This protects your credit card from unauthorized usage by overseas hackers and frauds. This is applicable for new cardholders or ones who had cards re-issued, renewed or upgraded. And as explained above, you can enable international usage at any time in a few simple steps and through any of your preferred mediums.

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Read more here about the mistakes to avoid when swiping your Credit Card abroad.

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