Reduce the stress of travel in 2021

Catch up on our six tips for a stress free trip abroad this summer.
Published 3 August
3 mins

If you have missed seeing the world, you may have booked your first holiday for some time, or perhaps you are jetting off to catch up with loved ones from around the globe.

This summer, travel will open up again to many parts of the world. It’s so easy to get carried away by the excitement of getting away that you might overlook some of the basics. You could avoid a potentially stressful situation by following our six top tips for travelling in 2021:

1. Let us know if you will be using your Nedbank Private Wealth debit card abroad

This way we will know that transactions originating from your destination are likely to be from you, and less likely to be fraudulent.

2. What if you misplace your debit card?

You are probably familiar with the sense of dread that comes from not finding your debit card in the place you thought you had left it. You can now manage your card via our Online Wealth Services (on mobile app or desktop). If you misplace your Nedbank Private Wealth debit card, use the Card Management feature to temporarily freeze it, so it cannot be used while you search your suitcases. If you locate your card, simply log back in to remove the freeze and your card can be used straight away.

3. Check on your destination country’s COVID-19 policies

Every country may have a different set of requirements for entry and these can change. They could include: evidence of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, completion of a landing form…etc. Find out what the requirements are before you set off.

4. Don’t forget insurance

It may have been a while since you thought about travel insurance, you may have even cancelled your previous annual coverage. It’s time to make sure you are covered.

5. Medical and travel assistance

We don’t like to think about it but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Make sure you know the steps required if you need assistance while abroad. Nedbank Private Wealth Visa debit cardholders are provided with international medical and travel assistance. This service covers clients who are travelling to a location outside of their principal country of residence for up to 90 days.

6. Cash

Don’t carry too much cash, as tourists are often susceptible to pickpockets. Make use of the hotel safe and don’t leave valuables out in your hotel room. Instead, use less cash by carrying your debit card. If your card is lost or stolen, you can protect your funds by using the Card Management feature to cancel and replace the card immediately.


If you’re out enjoying a meal but when the bill arrives you’ve forgotten your PIN – don’t panic! You can view the PINs linked to all of your active Nedbank Private Wealth debit cards in Online Wealth Services. The mobile app is particularly handy in this situation.

Don’t take any unnecessary chances while you are abroad or travelling; if things do not look or feel right, trust your instincts.


By planning ahead, you can remove some of the stress — leaving you free to sit back and relax during your time away.


If you haven’t already enrolled to Online Wealth Services get up and running fast by contacting us on +44 (0)1624 645000.

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