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FIFA 2010

As legions of football fans are making their check lists and preparations to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Visa, a FIFA Partner and the preferred card of the tournament, has released a Top 10 list of useful payment card tips to ensure everyone traveling to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup make the most out of their experience. The “Visa Visitor Guide: South Africa 2010” offers an array of information on must see heritage sites, museums, and safari parks as well as shopping and dining insights from local experts, and now includes an updated tournament schedule and a list of the 32 qualified teams. Remember, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa proudly accepts only Visa-branded payment cards, along with cash, in all “2010 FIFA World Cup” stadiums, to pay for food and beverages, retail goods, and services. To get a Visa credit, debit or prepaid card visit your bank or go to www.visa.com/globalgateway; remember to notify your issuing bank that you will be traveling and that you will be using your Visa credit or debit card abroad to avoid any issues when transacting; if you lose your card, report it to your issuing bank immediately! Put Visaâs Global Customer Care Assistance toll-free hotline number in your mobile phone, 0-800-990-475; take advantage of special merchant offers while in South Africa â for details read the Visa Visitor Guide: South Africa 2010. Click here to download or visit www.visa.com/fifavisitortravelguide to view an interactive version; while youâre travelling, set up automatic bill pay for your credit card and make sure you have sufficient funds in your debit account; in case of an emergency, keep records of your account numbers and PINs (personal identification numbers) in a safe and secure place; contact your issuing bank about travel-related benefits for Visa cardholders; look for the Visa or PLUS logo on ATMs or a point-of-sale to ensure international payment cards are accepted. To find the nearest ATM visit www.visa.com/atms; always have a small amount of Rand, plus a Visa payment card on you while traveling throughout South Africa and carefully review your payment card statements and contact your issuing bank immediately if you see any suspicious or incorrect charges. Visa worked with local experts to identify information specific to the culture of South Africa and the communities within each host city. To help football fans traveling to watch their favorite team compete in the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, new information has been added to ensure everyone going to South Africa is well informed and prepared. In addition to the Top 10 payment card tips that fans should keep in mind before, during and after their trip, an updated schedule has been added and a list of all qualified teams which will offer an at-a-glance option for travelers as they make plans around each game. To view and download Visaâs travel guides, Visa FIFA-themed images and assets, visit www.visa.com/fifamediakit or www.thenewsmarket.com/visa.

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