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Scotsreb

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Year of past OR future Camino
May-June 2014, SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela,
Lisbon-Santiago de Compostela, June 2016
I was wondering whether there is an issue with Euro/Spanish ATM machines, accepting the U.S. magnetic strip style ATM/Credit cards?
Philip
 
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newfydog

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Year of past OR future Camino
Pamplona-Santiago, Le Puy- Santiago, Prague- LePuy, Menton- Toulouse, Menton- Rome, Canterbury- Lausanne, Chemin Stevenson, Voie de Vezelay
Nope, no problem in an ATM
Now the toll booths, and little restaurants who prefer to be paid in cash can be a problem.

The tolls are the worst.....my new Bank of America Travel Rewards card with the micro chip was eaten on a French autoroute last year. The chip worked everywhere else.

(Honk all you want, This car stays put until I get my card back)
 

Bajaracer

Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2013) Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Not at all, just make sure your card is not worn down.
 

Scotsreb

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
May-June 2014, SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela,
Lisbon-Santiago de Compostela, June 2016
Hooray ... that's a load off my mind.
Thanks.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Please also read the following Forum thread discussing bank card usage. Throughout Europe a chip with a 4 digit pin is the norm.

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santiago_67

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Year of past OR future Camino
Past: Camino Frances, Via de La Plata & Camino Portuguese
Future: Via de la Plata
Please also read the following Forum thread discussing bank card usage. Throughout Europe a chip with a 4 digit pin is the norm.

MM
Please make note of the 4-digit pin that mspath mentioned. I had a 6-digit pin, but found out about ATM's in Spain only accepting 4-digit pins. Got mine changed at the bank before I left the US and had no problems on the Camino.
 

jefferyonthecamino

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (1994) & (2013 - 2019)
Portugués (2015 - 2019)
de Madrid (2019)
Argentino/Inglés (2020)
If using your card to purchase something, even if you have a PIN, Spaniards almost always require ID with your photo.
 

Scotsreb

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
May-June 2014, SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela,
Lisbon-Santiago de Compostela, June 2016
Thank you to all who answered and the info passed along.
It is very comforting to get such quic and helpful reactions from those on the forum.
Buen Camino to all hands.
Philip
 

Urban Trekker

Happy Trails
Year of past OR future Camino
English Camino (2013)
Portuguese Camino (2014)
French Camino (2016)
Way of Saint Francis April 2017
I have been to Europe twice. Spain last May. I had no trouble with my debit card for getting cash. I have a Edwards AFB credit card that has a chip and strip that I use over seas and have had no problems so far.
 

gavin01

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Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy(2015), Arles (2016)
I would also suggest you check which card has no foreign transaction fees. Capital One Visa and now American Express are good options.
 
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fernandezr

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Year of past OR future Camino
2013
I was wondering whether there is an issue with Euro/Spanish ATM machines, accepting the U.S. magnetic strip style ATM/Credit cards?
Philip


Several years ago I was in Spain and tried to use my ATM and couldn't because the pin number was more than four digits so I had to change it. With four digits it was fine. I am not sure if people at this time have larger pin numbers even here (in the U.S.) but that was back quite a few years.
 

Olivares

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
May 1997 (Leon to Santiago); Sections Camino Frances: May 2011, May 2012, May 2013, October 2013, June-July 2014 (Sahagun to Santiago).
TIP: If shopping overseas with a credit card and get asked by the cashier in which currency you want the charges (i.e dollar or Euros): the answer is the local currency (i.e. Euros).
 

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