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Do you have an international debit card from a Korean bank?
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Do you have an international debit card from a Korean bank?
Yes
48%
 48%  [ 63 ]
No
27%
 27%  [ 36 ]
Yes but it didn't work overseas
9%
 9%  [ 12 ]
Never tried to get one
13%
 13%  [ 18 ]
Total Votes : 129

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Smee



Joined: 24 Dec 2004
Location: Jeollanam-do

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject: Do you have an international debit card from a Korean bank? Reply with quote

My latest hobby horse. As you now it's often bank policy to deny these to foreigners, and it varies from bank to bank, branch to branch.

Please answer the question and comment when and where.

For me it's yes, from a KEB in Bundang (Jeongja) in 2005, and I got a replacement in Gwangju in 2007. My girlfriend was denied one at a Gwangju Bank in spite of being a customer for two years. Makes trying to travel on break a pain in the ass.
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nomad-ish



Joined: 08 Oct 2007
Location: On the bottom of the food chain

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i tried last year, no dice. this year, i'm fighting a losing battle trying to get internet banking Confused
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esetters21



Joined: 30 Apr 2006
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I got one as a replacement for my old Korea only debit/atm card from Shinhan earlier this year without asking for it.
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heynice



Joined: 15 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can't figure out how to get the card, you probably haven't tried hard enough. Just go up to the counter and ask for one...
It doesn't take more than a week to process.
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inthewild



Joined: 28 Mar 2004
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woori Bank has always denied me an international card, I've tried 4 branches at least.

Nonghyup gave me one last year. But then I lost my wallet, tried to get a new one and they said their policy changed so they stopped offering them to foreigners...

I was denied one from the KB by Hakdong Station but the KB east of the station, halfway to GangnamGu Chong Station, has issued me 2 this year. One teller told me it would work internationally. Then I went to the States, it didn't work, came back and complained, and another teller told me those cards worked internationally for Koreans only.

I had no trouble getting online banking set up with all 3 banks.

I've read in another thread that they can be gotten reliably around Itaewon but I've never went in to check.


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Ukon



Joined: 29 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just get an account at KEB bank....only problem is a lack of locations and ATMs...

KB bank gave me internet banking but refused an international card...other than that they were pretty awesome....I'm still switching to KEB.
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inthewild



Joined: 28 Mar 2004
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ukon wrote:
Just get an account at KEB bank....only problem is a lack of locations and ATMs...

KB bank gave me internet banking but refused an international card...other than that they were pretty awesome....I'm still switching to KEB.


Which branch did you get an intl card at? The OP asked about specific branches cuz it's hit and miss...

I'd still think KB was better than Woori even if they hadn't given me an international card.
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definitely maybe



Joined: 16 Feb 2008

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keb and ibk. keb should be good to go most places. i know that the dongbu ichon-dong and jongno 2/3-ga (ybm building) ibk branches are very foreign friendly too. got my original ibk international card in donam-dong, and i have replaced lost cards at the two ibk branches i listed above.
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T-J



Joined: 10 Oct 2008
Location: Seoul EunpyungGu Yeonsinnae

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I carry a debit card and a credit card from my home country. My wife does the banking in Korea. The last time I was here for eight years and was completely off the radar. When I returned it was difficult because I had no credit.

We plan on staying in Korea for about ten years this time and I want to maintain a credit history for when (if) we go back.

Keep up your credit history at home a tell the local banks to take a flying leap. Just use a bank from your home county for your traveling needs.
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Jeff's Cigarettes



Joined: 27 Mar 2007

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got two...KEB & KB.
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T-J



Joined: 10 Oct 2008
Location: Seoul EunpyungGu Yeonsinnae

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After thought:

With internet banking it is so easy to maintain your accounts, I can understand wanting a local branch for some things, but why put up with the lack of interest here when it benefits you to maintain an account or two back home as well?
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lorenchristopher



Joined: 25 Dec 2007

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have one. I've tried twice with Shinhan bank (Godeok branch) and they denied me both times. I went with a Korean both times too and they flat out said, "No....it's not possible." My boss told me it had something to do with the fact that they have to run a credit check first in order to issue a debit card (????), and they can't run credit checks on foreigners.

I know is a bunch of bologni cuz I've met other foreigners with Shinhan accounts who have int'l debit cards. I need to go to another branch and try.
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Riddle



Joined: 19 Jul 2006

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my Shinhan International card in Mokdong near the Yangcheon district office and I'm going to test it out this week when I go back to the States. I also helped a buddy get one. When he tried to get a replacement at a different branch though they denied him. It's like a smack in the face.
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movybuf



Joined: 01 Jan 2007
Location: Mokdong

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Riddle wrote:
I got my Shinhan International card in Mokdong near the Yangcheon district office and I'm going to test it out this week when I go back to the States. I also helped a buddy get one. When he tried to get a replacement at a different branch though they denied him. It's like a smack in the face.


That's funny, I was just at that bank to open a new account and they denied me an international debit card. I have an F2 visa too, and I was there with my wife! They still denied it! The banks here are f*ed up.
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radioed



Joined: 24 Jan 2008
Location: Cheonho/Gangdong

PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer the OP's question, I picked up my international SC card from the branch near Busan Station about 6 months ago and it worked overseas.
I recently picked up a KEB global card a week ago at the branch in downtown Gwangju and will check to see if it works when I go on vacation next week. Funny thing was that there was another foreigner there complaining about not getting an international atm card, but the guy didn't bring his passport which is required to open one.
Anyways, both times I got the cards, it was hassle free, I just went to the foreign exchange tellers and usually the male reps. spoke English.
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