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Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

Ramat Gan, Israel
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Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

Flying to Colombia in late September. I have both AMEX and MasterCard. Do you know which is more commonly accepted there?

Thanks,

Erez

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1. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

I would bring both but the MC will be much more widely accepted - Amex in tourist hotels and restaurants.

But whatever you take - call the card company first and let them know you will be traveling in Colombia so they don't put a hold on the card when they see charges, they might think it is fraud.

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2. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

I don't see amex accepted nearly as often as Visa / MasterCard here. I'd bring it with as a backup, but expect to primarily use cash and the Visa

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3. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

Thanks! Thought I can settle for just one, but I'll consider taking both.

If I can get a Visa, is it better than MC?

Erez.

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4. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

I'm not sure one type is that much better than other... We use cash here for almost anything - many hostels and Nice restaurants seem to have both the /MC logos but not all

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5. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

Hi

I have a Mastercard, and it is sometimes not well accepted in some ATMs. I think a Visa card is more widely accepted.

Oh, I don't know how things are in Israel, but it has to be a chip card with pin code, not a swipe card.

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6. Re: Which credit card should I bring with me to Colombia?

My CaiptalOne CC has never let me down in the past 8-10 years of international travel including numerous travels to Colombia. Yes at times I have to contact them via the international number (no 800 tele) to resolve an issue but their exchange rates are always very fair and hardly ever an issue.

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