Euro travel card

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit Cards
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sanfairyannesanfairyanne Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit Cards
I have quite a lot of euros in cash and as I'm going to mainland Europe for six months I want to get a bank card. Is there any way of getting a card?

It clearly makes no sense to use my debit card to convert sterling to euros when I have euros in cash. Needless to say though, I don't want to carry around a bag of cash.

Many thanks in advance

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  • zx81zx81 Forumite
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    If you can get one, a credit card with no forex fees, such as Halifax Clarity, is the best option.
  • sanfairyannesanfairyanne Forumite
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    Zx81,

    I once backpacked in Australia, I opened a basic bank account when I was over there. I guess I could never have asked for a loan! Like I say it was a super basic card. I was hoping something like that existed in Europe, considering I have Euros in cash I'd like to spend them rather than obtain a credit card even if there are no forex fees.
  • eDickyeDicky Forumite
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    You will not find any UK bank or prepaid card on which you can directly load cash euros. You could open a bank account in the eurozone, such as KBC Ireland, then go there with your cash, deposit it and use the debit card. Otherwise, just carry and use the cash.
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    sanfairyannesanfairyanne Forumite
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    edited 29 August 2018 at 7:49PM
    eDicky,

    Carrying around six months worth of Euros isn't an option. I'm looking into KBC Ireland, but it appears that you must be a resident of Ireland.
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    edited 29 August 2018 at 9:21PM
    I'm looking into KBC Ireland, but it appears that you must be a resident of Ireland.
    Not true, you can use a UK address and tax id, unless it's changed lately. If you search the Budgeting & Bank Accounts board for 'KBC' you will see that many have found it the easiest option, although there are others in Ireland, Germany and France.
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  • Emily_JoyEmily_Joy Forumite
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    I think you need to be more specific. I do know for sure that it is possible to open a bank account in France without being a resident...
  • sanfairyannesanfairyanne Forumite
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    Emily and eDicky,
    Thanks very much, I'm about to start work in half an hour, but I'll look further into KBC later, I don't speak French, so it would be easier than trying to open an account in France.
  • sanfairyannesanfairyanne Forumite
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    eDicky,
    I just thought I'd follow this up with a message to say I called KBC and you're right, it is possible to set up a Euro account (despite being from England). The account has a 2 euro per month fee which is waived if the account gets €2500 or more paid in per month. There's a fee of 30c per ATM withdrawal, but no fees for purchases. Thanks very much for the advice.
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