Regarding your daily withdrawal limit: many machines set a daily limit so even though your Schwab account may offer up to $1K withdrawals, the ATM itself may not. Sometimes they tell you the limit (I see $500-600 fairly often) though other times you’re left guessing. You can work around this by making a second withdrawal at a different ATM, something simple to do in Macau but potentially a downside in remote areas that might not have a second machine nearby.
You’ll still need a delivery address in Europe (specifically in Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Slovakia, Greece, France, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, or Poland.). If you’re not currently in any of those countries, don’t worry. As a global-minded citizen, I’m sure you can make some European friends that will allow to you use their address as a C/O address to open the account. You can easily change the address after receiving the card.

Or you could just open an account with Fidelity and keep a minimum balance of $1000 in one of their debit cards. I don’t believe there’s any reason for a credit check (after all, it’s just a savings acccount). Been using this for years and never a charge either domestic or abroad. Since I’m in Thailand right now, all the banks charge 150 baht, so I save $5 with every transaction.

In the unlikely situation that you still have a credit card without a chip, consider picking up another card to carry overseas—or call your credit card issuer and ask if they’ll send you a new version of your card. If you try to use a credit card without a chip overseas, the best case scenario is that it will work, but you’ll get a lot of funny looks. Worst case, the merchant won’t be able to accept the card.


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