Using cash machines abroad
Use your debit card to withdraw cash from a Barclays ATM abroad or an ATM at a Global Alliance member bank and save £1.50 per transaction by not having to pay the non-sterling cash fee (you will still be charged a 2.99% non-sterling transaction fee).
Partner banks cash machines
The Global Alliance is a group of member banks that have come together to make sure you have more cost-effective access to your money at cash machines when you are abroad. When you withdraw cash from a Barclays ATM abroad or an ATM at a Global Alliance member bank, you won’t pay the £1.50 non-sterling cash fee (but you will still be charged a 2.99% non-sterling transaction fee).
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Global Alliance cash machines
Global Alliance members may have ATMs located outside the countries listed above that may also offer the benefits of the Global Alliance arrangement. For details please refer to the Global Alliance member websites.
Barclays ATMs are located worldwide (including in France, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Italy, Portugal and Spain).
What it costs
If you use your debit card to withdraw cash abroad Barclays will charge you a 2.99% non-sterling transaction fee. On top of this, if you’re getting cash over the counter at a bank abroad, (including Barclays) or using an ATM other than a Barclays ATM or an ATM at a Global Alliance member bank, you’ll also be charged a £1.50 non-sterling cash fee and the ATM provider may apply other charges.
Visa converts transactions into sterling using the Visa Exchange Rate on the day it processes the transaction. This date may be different to the day on which the transaction took place. Historic exchange rate information is available at www.visaeurope.com .
How we previously referred to the charges:
Along with other UK banks, we are now referring to these charges as the non-sterling transaction fee and the non-sterling cash fee. The non-sterling transaction fee was previously referred to as ‘commission’ and ‘foreign exchange charge’ and the non-sterling cash fee as ‘a fee’ and ‘transaction charge’.
If you are asked to pay in sterling (DCC transaction):
When using your debit card abroad, some ATMs may offer you the choice of paying for your transaction in sterling. If you choose to do so, the 2.99% non-sterling transaction fee will not apply, but you should always try to find out what the ATM provider's commission charges are and what exchange rate they are using, because overall it, may be more expensive to pay in sterling.
These transactions are known as Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) transactions because the currency conversion is done by the ATM provider rather than the card scheme, using the ATM provider's exchange rate.
Although the non-sterling transaction fee will not apply for DCC transactions, you will still have to pay the non-sterling cash fee if you are using an ATM other than a Barclays ATM or an ATM at a Global Alliance member bank.
Worldwide cash machines
You can use your Barclays debit card at any cash machine around the world displaying the Visa sign to withdraw up to £300 in local currency.
Overseas cash machines work in the same way as ATMs in the UK and should give you the option to view instructions in English when you insert your card.