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Author: mauiwahine

Joined: 12/28/2010
Posts: 8
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2011

March 13, 2013

I was notifying my bank today that I will be traveling in South Africa and was told was told that you can't actually register my card do to restrictions from OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control).  Africa is on the list as being high risk, etc for fraud. 

Has anyone that has recently traveled there had any problems with their cards being declined, etc. The bank said their may not be a problem but "could be".  I hate the thought that I could have problems and don't like the idea of carrying a lot of cash.

Any input would be appreciated.




Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,057
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

March 13, 2013

Out of curiosity, I just checked the website for OFAC and they list Zimbabwe.  Are you taking that extension?

Author: tripaholic

Joined: 8/30/2011
Posts: 33
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

May 09, 2015

Good luck and enjoy your tripWe did not have trouble but we chrged very little. Someone on our trip had his credit card palmed at an ATM, so be careful. By the time he got back to his hotel they had taken thousands. Someone else had $25000 charged after she left the continent even though she told her bank her return date.  When we use the ATM whereever we go, I stand with my back up against my husband so I can watch everyone around us. We carried quite a bit of cash in Africa and had no problems, but of course, there is no guarantee.



Author: britjen

Joined: 3/20/2014
Posts: 82
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

Australia, New Zealand, Western and Eastern Europe, India, Baltic States, Russia, Mediterranean, South and Central America, Antarctica, S.E. Asia, Indonesia, China. 7 Continents, 63 countries

Traveler Since: 2012

May 10, 2015

Just returned from South Africa.  I advised my local credit union of my travel to cover my ATM card and also advised my CitiCard as a back up card and Capitol One which has no foreign transaction fees.   I was not told of any potential problems mentioned previously.   Had no problems using my Capitol One credit card everywhere I went.   Within an hour of each usage I received an email on my iphone from Capitol One advising me of the transaction and telling me the amount in $$ that had been charged.  I only used my ATM card once on arrival at a location recommended by our TL.   I also took $$ in bills which I used to exchange for addition Rands and for my tip to the TL.    

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