A Visa Ad Campaign for the Olympics
Visa had the slogan “It’s everywhere you want to be" from 1995-2006. And in 2014, they brought back the slogan and trimmed it to “Everywhere you want to be” in their worldwide campaigns. I've tried to bring Visa branded credit cards or debit cards on my travels because of the wide acceptance of Visa. This year I've experienced something new to me on one of the Visa branded debit cards I purchased. I discovered that the biggest pre -paid debit card issuer of Visa and Mastercard, Green Dot Bank, now rejects foreign transactions (except for Canada and Mexico.) I checked with Visa and the issuers are allowed to do that. News to me. I was under the mistaken belief that a Visa branded card was good wherever Visa was accepted provided the issuer knew it was not fraud. I've had some issues with the bank blocking of cards , but at least there was a process to unblock the cards. In this case, there is not. Call ahead of time before purchasing a pre- paid debit card and check to see what countries the card will work in. And if the card will work, let the issuer know your travel plans so they can remove the block. Don't rely on just on companies websites because very little is written.