I have to say, I also have a bank card issued by a European bank and mostly used that one when traveling. Over the past few years, been to Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand) Europe (most of the 28 EU countries plus turkey and Iceland), South Pacific (Polynesia), Africa (South Africa), and I can't remember when was the last time I was charged a fee (and have used my Canadian card a few times). Many banks have agreements to have those fees waived including some Canadian banks such as Scotia with the Global ATM alliance.foreigncontent wrote: ↑interesting that you start only in Canada ("Canadian thing"), to most common, to one continent, and most country in one continent (which i am not convinced, but i haven't been to most of the 'Stans so this might tilt the balance)....djskynet wrote: ↑Charging customers from other bank for using ATM is definitely not "common around the world". This is pretty much a Canadian thing. I have traveled extensively around the world and most countries in Asia and Europe do not apply such fee. Your bank might charge you for using other banks' ATM but that's about it in many countries
i guess i have been to a different world. regularly asked for extra fees from ATM in Iceland, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand at least one time (ANZ, never tried them again), Fiji, South America, Africa was a while back, but i know some fees have been introduced (Barcleys for example).
so clearly don't think it's a "canadian thing"....
(australian perspective on subject https://www.finder.com.au/atm-usage-fee ... -the-world )
Maybe it is more common than what I inially thought but there are ways to avoid it in most countries