Using your debit card abroad

A secure and convenient way to pay when you’re away

Using your debit card is an easy way to withdraw cash and make purchases – wherever you are.

  • The non-sterling transaction fee

    If you use your debit card abroad or pay in a currency that’s not Sterling, we’ll charge you a 2.75% non-sterling transaction fee. This includes cash withdrawals in a foreign currency outside the UK, debit card payments in a foreign currency, refunds and shopping online on a non-UK website.

    The Global ATM Alliance

    We’re part of the Global ATM Alliance. This is a group of banks that have agreed to give customers a cheaper way to withdraw money when they’re abroad. If you withdraw cash from a cash machine that’s not Barclays, or a Global Alliance member bank, you’ll be charged a £1.50 non-sterling cash fee, and the cash machine provider may apply other charges.

    Find one of our member banks in the country you’re travelling to


    Partner bank





    New Zealand




    How we previously referred to the charges

    Along with other UK banks, we’re 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’.

  • This table shows what we’ll charge you when using your debit card abroad, or when paying in a currency other than sterling (either abroad or in the UK).

    100 Euro transaction

    Converted amount

    100 Euro transaction

    2.75% non-sterling transaction fee

    £1.50 non-sterling cash fee


    Making purchases abroad (including when you are being refunded)1





    Cash withdrawal in foreign currency outside of the UK (at one of our cash machines, or at a Global Alliance partner cash machine)





    Withdrawing cash from any other ATM abroad2





    Getting cash over the counter at a bank abroad (including Barclays)





    Buying foreign currency before you travel from the Barclays Travel Line





    Please note that the information provided is only intended for use as a guide and the actual charges applied to a transaction of similar amounts may differ.

    The exchange rates here are based on the Visa Exchange Rate of 1 June 2018 and the Travel Line rate of 1 June 2018.

    Information about using your Barclaycard abroad 

    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

    Visa Exchange Rate – 1 June 2018 – 0.8804
    Travel Line – 1 June – 0.9311

  • These are how we’ll refer to the transactions on your statement:

    A Visa Exchange Rate

    This is the exchange rate used by Visa to convert the transaction into sterling on the day Visa processes the transaction. This date may be different to the day on which the transaction took place.

    B non-sterling transaction fee (previously referred to as ‘commission’ and ‘foreign exchange charge’)

    A 2.75% fee applied by Barclays for using your debit card abroad when making purchases, withdrawing cash or when you are being refunded. This fee will also apply whenever you do not pay in sterling (either abroad or in the UK) – for example, when you shop online at a non-UK website.

    C non-sterling cash fee (previously referred to as ‘a fee’ and ‘transaction charge’)

    A £1.50 fee applied by Barclays, on top of the 2.75% non-sterling transaction fee, for using your debit card abroad when getting cash over the counter at a bank (including Barclays), or using an ATM other than a Barclays cash machine or  cash machine that’s a Global Alliance member bank .

    D Date

    This is the date on which the transaction took place (may be different to the day on which Visa processed the transaction).


  • Our fraud-detection systems are constantly verifying transactions.

    • There’s no need to tell us you’re going abroad – but make sure we have your up-to-date contact details 
    • If we’re concerned about a transaction made using your card, we’ll get in touch to check it’s genuine
    • If we have your mobile number, we’ll send a text to ask if you know about the transaction – and you can confirm it by replying
    • If you’re card is lost or stolen you can call our 24-hour emergency helpline, we can also arrange some emergency cash for you


If you’re asked to pay in sterling (DDC transaction)

Some cash machines or merchant terminals may offer you the choice of paying for your transaction in sterling. If you choose to do so, the 2.75% Non-Sterling Transaction Fee will not apply, but you should always try to find out what the 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 merchant rather than the card scheme, using the merchant’s exchange rate.

Foreign currency

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