Can I use my Barclays debit card when I'm abroad?

Yes, you can use your debit card in millions of shops and cash machines worldwide – anywhere you see the Visa sign.

See more about using your cards abroad.

We'll charge you a 2.75% Non-Sterling Transaction Fee for using your debit card abroad when making purchases, withdrawing cash or when you are being refunded. This fee will also apply whenever you don't pay in sterling (either abroad or in the UK) – eg, when you shop online on a non-UK website.

On top of this, if you’re getting cash over the counter at a bank abroad (including Barclays), or using an cash machine other than one of ours or one that belongs to a Global Alliance member bank, you’ll also be charged a £1.50 Non-Sterling Cash Fee and the cash machine owner may apply other charges.

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'.

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 on the VISA website.

When using your debit card abroad, some merchant terminals or cash machines may offer you the choice of paying for your transaction in sterling. If you choose to pay in sterling, the 2.75% Non-Sterling Transaction Fee will not apply, but you should always try to find out what the merchant or cash machine owner’s commission charges are and what exchange rate they are using because, overall, it may be more expensive to pay in sterling.

Although the Non-Sterling Transaction Fee will not apply for these transactions, you'll still have to pay the Non-Sterling Cash Fee if you're getting cash over the counter at a bank abroad (including Barclays), or using an cash machine other than one of ours or one that belongs to a Global Alliance member bank.

Our cash machines are located worldwide (including in France, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Italy, Portugal and Spain).

More about debit cards abroad