Travel checklist – get your banking sorted

If you’re planning to travel overseas, we can help you organise your finances before you go. We’ve pulled together all the important bits to consider before your trip.

Tell us you’re leaving

If you tell us when and where you’re planning to go, we can keep an eye out for suspicious activity on your account. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

In the Bankwest App

Log in and select ‘Going overseas’ under ‘International’ from the main menu.

In online banking

Log in and fill out an Overseas Travel Notification.

Plan your spending money

There are many ways to take money overseas, but a good place to start is to work out how much you might spend each day – you can then work out how much money you need. Remember to carry a mix of cash and card to keep your options open.

Using a card

Make sure to activate your card if it’s new, and check the credit limit and expiry date. Another idea is to add your new card to Apple Pay or Google Pay™, so you can make purchases wherever contactless payments are accepted.

Taking cash

If you’re taking cash, it helps to exchange currency before you leave – to pay for transport and food when you first arrive.

Get your everyday accounts in order

There are a few things you can do to stay on top of your finances while you’re away.

Schedule regular payments

If you’re regularly paying for things like rent or bills, you could avoid late fees with scheduled payment transfers. It’s great if you want to set and forget payments while you’re away.

Receive notifications on your accounts

Avoid getting caught short on your trip and monitor your accounts with Bankwest Easy Alerts. Depending on the type of account you have, you could receive a notification before a scheduled payment is due or when your balance drops to a nominated amount.

Register for SMS code

Certain transactions require an SMS code to complete, so if you’re planning to have data roaming enabled, you can register for SMS code. This means you can easily manage transactions and purchases while you’re away – instead of having to contact us.

You can also set up PIN or fingerprint login within the Bankwest App to make payments and transfers while you’re away without the need for SMS code.

Need more help?

You can message us in the Bankwest App or online banking, or call us - we're here 24/7.

Things you should know

The information contained in this article is of a general nature and is not intended to be nor should it be considered as professional advice. You should not act on the basis of anything contained in this article without first obtaining specific professional advice. To the extent permitted by law, Bankwest, a division of Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48123123124 AFSL / Australian credit licence 234945, its related bodies corporate, employees and contractors accepts no liability or responsibility to any persons for any loss which may be incurred or suffered as a result of acting on or refraining from acting as a result of anything contained in this article.

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