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Can I use my debit card abroad?

Can I use my debit card abroad?

Using a Ulster Bank VISA debit card is an easy and convenient way of paying for goods and services wherever you see the VISA logo.

You can also use your card worldwide to pay for goods and services and withdraw cash, just look out for the VISA logo shown on your card.

Your card is accepted at over 29 million retailers and 1 million cash machines worldwide. You also benefit from purchase protection when using your debit card to pay for goods and services. Charges apply for using your debit card abroad and for certain transactions in the UK.

If you intend to use your personal debit card abroad it is advisable to let us know. Registering your travel plans with us can reduce the likelihood of your debit card transactions being blocked. If you have our Mobile app, it’s easy to let us know you are going to use your debit card abroad. Just log in, choose your account, select ‘Manage my card’ then ‘Going Abroad’.  The mobile app lets you view and amend travel plans too!

Don’t have the mobile app?

It’s quick and easy to download and it takes just a matter of minutes to register, here is what you need to do.

The Mobile App is available on compatible iOS and Android devices via the App or Play store; alternatively you can text yourself a link to the app from our website. (opens in a new window). The App is available to customers with Anytime Banking and a Republic of Ireland or international mobile number in specific countries.

Find out more about charges when using a debit card abroad (opens in a new window).

You can use our new tool (opens in a new window) to calculate the cost of any foreign transactions.

We always recommend you have other payment methods with you when you travel abroad. (eg other debit cards, credit cards or foreign currency).