Overseas card usage: Frequently Asked Questions
Why will the overseas usage on ATM, debit and credit cards be disabled?
The disabling of overseas usage on all cards serves to provide a higher level of security for all cardholders, and is part of a recent industry-wide measure introduced by the Association of Banks in Singapore.
Please note the overseas usage function on certain cards held by certain cardholders have been automatically enabled for their convenience. You will receive a written notification or SMS from us if your cards have been automatically enabled for overseas usage.
Overseas Usage deactivation on your credit card(s) will only disable overseas ATM cash withdrawals and overseas POS magnetic stripe transactions. POS EMV chip transactions on your credit card(s) are not affected.
What are magnetic stripe transactions?
Some countries still use the magnetic stripe on the back of your card to process point-of-sale (POS) transactions instead of using the EMV chip. You will need to activate your card for overseas POS magnetic stripe transactions in order for such overseas POS transactions to be performed successfully.
What countries do not use the EMV chip?
Merchants in countries like the UK, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia may or may not accept the EMV chip. Merchants in the US and South Korea are still reliant on the magnetic stripe to process their credit/debit card transactions. In Japan, the EMV chip is only partially implemented.
Are there any overseas transactions that do not depend on magnetic stripe and are not affected?
All point-of-sale (POS) EMV chip based transactions and online transactions will not be affected by this change.
How do I enable or disable the overseas usage function on my ATM / debit / credit card?
You can enable or disable the overseas usage function on any of your cards via SMS, on our website or at our branches.
I have just received my new ATM, debit or credit card. Is the overseas usage function on my card already enabled?
No, the overseas usage function on your card is not enabled for your newly issued ATM, debit or credit card. You will need to enable this function if you wish to use your card overseas. Please refer to Question 2 for the steps to enable or disable this function.
How long will the overseas usage function on my card be enabled for?
Overseas usage on your card will be enabled for as long as the duration specified in your instructions to the Bank.
If you enable the overseas usage function on your card online via our website, you will be able to set an expiry date for this function. If you enable overseas usage function on your card via SMS, this function will remain enabled for 12 months from the date of request or till you disable it, following your instructions.
Will the overseas usage function be instantly enabled or disabled upon my instructions?
Yes, overseas usage function will be enabled or disabled instantly once you receive an acknowledgement from us (either via SMS or the online confirmation page) that overseas usage on your card has been successfully enabled or disabled.
I have followed the steps for enabling/disabling the overseas card usage function and keyed in my information correctly in the SMS. However, I did not receive any acknowledgement or reply.
The mobile phone number that you use for sending the SMS instruction must match the mobile phone number that we have in our records. If you have changed your mobile phone number recently, please update your mobile phone number by calling our 24-hour Phone Banking team at 1800 747 7000 or +65 6747 7000 (if you are calling from overseas) or via Online Banking before enabling/disabling the overseas usage function on your card(s).
If you have not changed your mobile phone number:
Please try sending the SMS instruction again in the correct prescribed format. If you still do not receive any acknowledgement, please call our 24-hour Phone Banking team at 1800 747 7000 or +65 6747 7000 (if you are calling from overseas). Or alternatively, you may enable or disable the overseas usage on your card via our website.
I am currently overseas. Can I instruct the Bank to enable/disable this function over the phone?
We are not able to accept any request to enable/disable the overseas usage function over the phone. You may enable/disable this function via our website or SMS.
Can my supplementary cardholder enable/disable this function for other supplementary cards? Will an authorisation letter authorising him/her suffice?
No. Principal cardholders will need to enable/disable this function for their supplementary cardholders.
Can I enable/disable the overseas usage function on my card(s) at any Standard Chartered ATM machine?
No. Please refer Question 2 for the methods to enable/disable this function.
I have received a letter/SMS from the Bank informing me that the overseas usage function is automatically enabled on my card. Can I choose to disable this function?
Yes, you can disable this function anytime. Please refer to Question 2 for details.
Will I incur extra charges to send an SMS to enable/disable the overseas usage function on my card(s)?
The standard local/overseas SMS charges will apply. Please contact your mobile service provider for details on such charges.
I am a joint account holder. The other joint account holder and I each have a ATM /debit card linked to the account. I want to enable/disable overseas usage for my card. Can I also enable/disable overseas usage for the card issued to the other joint account holder?
No, each joint account holder is required to enable/disable this function for his/her own card.
What shall I do if I suspect my account has been compromised or if there is an unauthorised cash withdrawal from my account?
Please notify us immediately by contacting our 24-hour Phone Banking team at 1800 747 7000 or +65 6747 7000 (if you are calling from overseas).
I have enabled overseas ATM cash withdrawal on my card earlier. Will I need to enable the overseas usage function on my card separately?
No, if you have previously enabled overseas ATM cash withdrawal, the overseas card usage function on that card will automatically remain enabled. We will send a written notification to you in this case informing you of the same.
Are online transactions also included in this?
No. You can use your card for online transactions without enabling your card for overseas usage.