PayPal has to manage millions of transactions and ensure that they are all legitimate to help protect their users.  One of the big “red flags” within PayPal’s system is when your account or debit card is used outside of the geographic area that it typically gets used.  This can lead to problems when you travel if you plan on using your PayPal account to help fund your trip.

PayPal has recently introduced a new feature which allows users to schedule travel times within the PayPal system so that they know when you plan to be away from home.  This way transactions occurring in that geographic location will not trigger red flags on your account.

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Steps to Set Up Travel Plans in PayPal

Once you’re logged into your PayPal account there is a simple procedure to schedule your travel time that takes just a few steps.  The screens involved with this procedure may look a little bit different, though, depending on the version of PayPal account you are using.

The New PayPal Design

In 2014 PayPal began slowly releasing a new design for the PayPal account interface.  At some point you will be (or have already been) given an option to switch to the new PayPal account design.  If this is the version you are on you will follow these steps to find the Travel Plans.

  1. Click on the gear icon to enter the settings / profile section of your PayPal account.
  2. Click the Security tab to view security specific profile settings.
  3. Click the “Add” link next to the Travel Plans section.

PayPal Profile Travel Plans

The Classic PayPal Design

The original (classic) design that PayPal used for many years is still enabled on a large number of accounts.  If you have one of these accounts the steps are very similar.

  1. Click on the Profile link at the top of your PayPal account screen.
  2. Click the My Settings panel on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click the “Get Started” link to the right of the Travel Plans section.

PayPal Classic Travel Plans


Travel Plans Scheduling

At this point, regardless of the version of PayPal account you have you should see a screen similar to the follow which allow you to schedule and save your travel plans.

PayPal Travel Plans Form

This will complete the process of notifying PayPal that you will be traveling and will help to avoid common problems when PayPal sees activity on your account specific locations at specific times.

If you don’t follow these steps when traveling your PayPal account could become limited / locked until you provide necessary documentation to unlock the account.  This can be a real hassle if you’re in the middle of a business trip or vacation.

Don’t let something so simple cause a big headache!