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BankSA Travel Money

Lock in exchange rates with your travel card, organise foreign cash for your next trip and avoid ATM fees with BankSA’s travel money products.


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Whether you’re looking for a prepaid travel card to take on holidays or want to organise foreign cash before your next trip, the Bank of South Australia (BankSA) offers many travel money products to help you spend overseas. You can also take advantage of fee-free ATM withdrawals thanks to the Global Alliance ATM network and a variety of travel insurance options.

Use this guide to compare BankSA travel money choices so that you can make the most of your money when you’re overseas.

Prepaid travel card

The BankSA Global Currency card (Discontinued) is a prepaid Visa card, which you can load with up to 5 currencies at a time. The following 11 supported currencies are available:

  • Australian dollars (AUD)
  • Canadian dollars (CAD)
  • Euros (EUR)
  • Great British pound (GBP)
  • Hong Kong dollars (HKD)
  • Japanese yen (JPY)
  • New Zealand dollars (NZD)
  • Singapore dollars (SGD)
  • South African rand (ZAR)
  • Thai baht (THB)
  • US dollars (USD)

When you load funds on the card and move them into one of the supported currency wallets, you can lock them in at the current exchange rate. When you spend or withdraw cash in a currency loaded on the card, you’ll also avoid the usual 3% foreign transaction fee.

Available to existing BankSA customers, the Global Currency card doesn’t charge a card issue fee or loading fee when you’re transferring money from another BankSA account. Also, there are no fees when you withdraw cash from any of the 50,000 Global ATM Alliance partner ATMs. However, you will be charged withdrawal fees when getting cash from a non-partnered ATM.

The Global Currency card also comes with an emergency additional card that you can use if your main card is lost, stolen or damaged while you’re travelling.

Read the full review of the BankSA Global Currency card (Discontinued)

Foreign cash

If you need foreign cash before your next trip, you can order money online and pick it up from your closest BankSA branch. There are 18 different currencies available including British pounds, Euros, US dollars, Japanese yen and Indonesian rupiah.

What foreign currencies can I get through BankSA?

  • Great British pound (GBP)
  • New Zealand dollars (NZD)
  • United States dollars (USD)
  • Japanese yen (JPY)
  • Euros (EUR)
  • Canadian dollars (CAD)
  • Danish krone (DKK)
  • Fijian dollars (FJD)
  • Hong Kong dollars (HKD)
  • Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
  • Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
  • Norwegian krone (NOK)
  • Philippine peso (PHP)
  • Singapore dollars (SGD)
  • South African rand (ZAR)
  • Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Thai baht (BHT)

You can request multiple currencies in a single transaction, as long as the total order is worth at least AUD$500 and no more than AUD$10,000. Note that there is a fee of $4 per order for this service and delivery time can be as short as 3-5 business days, depending on how you pay.

BankSA Foreign Cash ATMS

As well as ordering your foreign currency online, you can withdraw US dollars, British pounds, Euros and New Zealand dollars from one of BankSA’s pop-up foreign cash ATMs. Currently, there are ATM locations in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. You can view a full list of the pop-up ATM locations on the BankSA website.

Global ATM Alliance

If you have a BankSA debit card, credit card or the Global Currency travel card, you can enjoy fee-free ATM withdrawals when you’re overseas through the Global ATM Alliance. This partnership gives you access to ATMs around the world, with alliance members including Westpac NZ, Deutsche Bank of Germany, Barclays Bank in the UK, Scotiabank of Canada and Bank of Nanjing, China.

When compared to using a BankSA card at a non-partnered overseas ATM, withdrawing money from one of these partners could save you a $5 fee. Note that other fees and charges (such as currency conversion costs or cash advance fees) may still apply when you’re withdrawing cash overseas.

Find out about the Global ATM Alliance

BankSA travel insurance options

If you have an eligible BankSA credit card, such as the Vertigo Platinum or Amplify Signature, you can take advantage of complimentary international travel insurance when you use the card to pay for at least $500 of your travel costs before you go away. This cover also applies to your spouse or dependent children when they are travelling with you and meet the eligibility requirements. Other conditions apply, so make sure you read the credit card’s insurance product disclosure statement on the BankSA website for full details.

BankSA also offers comprehensive, standalone travel insurance policies that you can purchase for overseas and domestic trips, with four different options available, depending on the type of cover you want.

warning Finally, some good news! Domestic travel is picking up, so some insurers have started offering cover again 🦘
Just remember, you won't be covered for any pandemic related claims if you do take out domestic travel insurance.
International travel insurance is limited and sometimes unavailable at this point.

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