credit cards in South Africa

Sep 10th, 2016, 04:31 PM
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credit cards in South Africa

Any issues with using credit cards in South Africa? Any advice? Planning to get cash from ATM machines and use credit cards. Would appreciate any advice from experienced travelers!
BRR is offline  
Sep 11th, 2016, 04:48 AM
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Our Visa and MasterCard cards worked just fine. Make sure you have a chip on your cards. I noticed that most machines used the chips rather than the magnetic strip.
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Sep 11th, 2016, 09:17 AM
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Used them all the time with no problem.
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Sep 13th, 2016, 12:14 PM
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We just got back from South Africa. Hardly used any cash. Charged just about everything to my MasterCard - no problems.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 07:47 AM
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No issue with credit cards and plenty of ATM's everywhere. Enjoy!
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Sep 14th, 2016, 04:37 PM
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I've used credit cards widely across Africa, including SA, with no issues. The only thing I'd suggest is giving your credit card's issuing bank a call to let them when and where you'll be so they don't shut down your account fearing fraud. My own bank (Capital One) in the last two years notified me that advance notification was no longer necessary but I don't know that applies for all banks.
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Sep 14th, 2016, 11:53 PM
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I've used Visa, MC and Amex (at most locations) with no problems. I always call to let them know I'll be traveling. ATM cards have been more trouble - call twice to make sure you can use them. Always have some Rand for tips and incidentals, but credit cards are used almost everywhere.
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