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Is there a fee to use your Visa Debit card for purchases?

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Is there a fee to use your Visa Debit card for purchases?

We called our bank, BB&T, and asked if they would charge us a fee to use our debit card for purchases while in Bonaire (restaurants, etc). They said there was not a charge. Are there any other fees associated with doing this like international rates, or anything like that? Wasn't sure. I know their currency is now the US dollar.

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1. Re: Is there a fee to use your Visa Debit card for purchases?

We use our debit card on every trip to Bonaire. We always notify the bank of the dates we will be gone so red flags don't go up when they see foreign transactions. We have never had additional fees added in Bonaire other than ATM fees. Be aware that some small businesses do not accept credit or debit cards and some require a minimum purchase. There are also a few (very few) who charge you a percentage more for using a card.

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2. Re: Is there a fee to use your Visa Debit card for purchases?

Thank you for the reply! Do you think it's just as easy to take cash out of the ATM instead of using it for purchases? Might be the safest way to go.

Can I ask which bank you use? Is it in the US? I know all of the banks have different rules.

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3. Re: Is there a fee to use your Visa Debit card for purchases?

We do not carry lots of cash on our trips as we prefer to use an ATM once we arrive. There are many in convenient locations. Just remember to choose English on the language prompt screen unless you can read Papiamentu!

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