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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GUIDESTRAVEL HELP FROM VISA INTERNATIONAL

 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GUIDESTRAVEL HELP FROM VISA INTERNATIONAL
 SAN FRANCISCO, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Lost wallet! Stolen Purse! Terrifying words especially when you're traveling hundreds or thousands of miles from home. What do you do now? Don't panic, Visa can help you.
 Standing on a street corner with empty pockets a few thousand miles from the familiar surroundings of home can be a terrifying experience. And chances are you have not only lost your money, credit cards, identification, and traveler's cheques, but the small wallet card with the numbers to call Visa's emergency assistance centers. Visa International has developed an answer for that problem. Emergency numbers should always be kept separate from other belongings, but those handy little wallet information cards, with the numbers on one side and a 50 year calendar on the other, normally reside...in the wallet! And so they end up wherever the wallet finally comes to rest. And like the rest of us, you did not pack an extra set of emergency numbers.
 Visa International has come up with, not an infallible solution, but at least another good idea to help travelers. Visa has produced thousands of Emergency Service Quick Guides which have been mailed to 150 cities worldwide from Bangkok, Barcelona, Bombay, and Boston to Rome, Riyadh, and Rio de Janiero, those cities most frequented by Visa travelers. The guides contain emergency listings for telephone numbers which automatically link you to one of three worldwide Visa service centers located in the UK, Singapore and the USA. And the numbers are toll-free.
 The guides have been sent to concierges of major international hotel chains, consulates, embassies, police departments and certain Visa member banks in each of those cities. Research indicates that these are the places that are normally contacted in such emergencies -- and the concierge is first.
 In an emergency, a short visit or phone call to any one of the above locations should result in an emergency number to contact your nearest Visa assistance center. Within minutes you can report the loss or theft of your Visa cards or Visa Travelers Cheques, and request a card replacement or emergency cash -- depending upon your card's options.
 The Visa guides, inserted in international emergency orange sleeves, have multi-lingual directions on the front and back to assist all concierges, police and others who have them on file. In fact there is a statement in 20 languages ranging from Arabic, Chinese, and Dutch to Tagalog, Portuguese, and Urdu. The statement reads, "IMPORTANT. YOU CAN HELP ANYONE WHO HAS LOST A VISA CARD OR VISA TRAVELERS CHEQUES. PLEASE KEEP THIS PACKET WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT." Visa International hopes that this small, but infinitely logical, program will help a Visa cardholder in distress, save a vacation, or merely soothe the psyche of someone who worries about such things.
 Don't bother asking Visa International for one of the guides to carry with you. Chances are you'll just lose it. That's why Visa has strategically placed them along the way, just in case. Of course, the best remedy is to keep a close watch on your belongings wherever you are, and keep that wallet card out of your wallet!
 Some additional card travel tips from Visa include:
 -- Keep an extra set of emergency numbers and your account numbers in a separate piece of luggage;
 -- Review the options your card provides before you travel;
 -- Memorize your Personal Identification Number (PIN) in case you want to withdraw cash from one of Visa's 112,000 ATMs;
 -- Know your PIN in its numeric sequence since some ATMs don't have corresponding alphabet keys;
 -- Check your credit limit before you travel;
 -- Buy your tour, airline, train, or bus tickets with your Visa card and your card receipt acts as proof of purchase if you lose your tickets.
 Visa, with 10 million acceptance locations and 281 million cards issued, including 142 million in the United States, is the world's largest consumer card payment service.
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 /CONTACT: Debbe Stern of Visa International, 415-570-3510/


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